Music and Painting Competitions for World Youth Day

The park in Panama City which will host the music and painting competitions at WYD

Preparations for the World Youth Day to be held in Panama from 23 to 27 on this month, are at a very advanced stage. Soon, hundreds of thousands of youths from all over the world are expected to start arriving in Panama City to participate in the event.

Two days prior to the official start of the event, the Cristonaut@s thematic park will open its doors to the thousands pilgrims, with numerous cultural initiatives, organized by the Ramon Pane Foundation.

The 2019 WYD area dedicated to the musical, graphic and new technologies culture for young people, established inside Omar Park in Panama City, holds two surprises: Xto Painting, a painting competition, and Xto Music, another competition for young people with musical talents.

The Ramon Pane Foundation, in collaboration with the WYD organizers, is preparing the Crristonaut@s thematic park, which can be visited by young people from all over the world, from January 21-26.

The organizers pointed out that the Xto Music competition, seeks “to have a youthful musical participation, discovering new talents” in the Auditorium of the Cristonaut@s Park, interpreting songs of a religious or secular character whose contents gives incentives to values, such as life, friendship and love.

Those who wish to take part must begin the process by registering at and send an e-mail to cristonautas@cristonautas .com.

The official theme chosen for this year’s celebration is; “The Annunciation of Mary”. A painting competition on the theme will see artists using different artistic techniques at their own discretion, inspired by this theme. The works of the artists taking part in the competition will be exhibited in Panama City’s Omar Park, around the Cristonaut@s Park from January 22-25, 2019.

According to “Zenit”, young people will be able to experiment, inside Cristonaur@s Park, with virtual reality devices; they will live an experience of reflection following the Lectio Divina method, making use of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Karaoke, Kinect and touch screens, 3D and 4D.

“The Angel Gabriel will be their guide during this process of reflection and, like the Virgin Mary, they are constantly communicating with each youth, helping them understand the Lord’s message and, what more important, how to internalize it in their life and put it into practice, said the organizers”.