The city of Thessaloniki is getting ready to host the relatively new but already successful institution of the European Youth Capital for 2014. The title of the “European Youth Capital” is been nominated to a European city for a whole year by the European Youth Forum. During this period the city hosts a variety of youth actions related to culture, sports and finance. The institution began in 2009 at Rotterdam (Holland). Afterwards, several cities followed: Turin (Italy) in 2010, Antwerp (Belgium) in 2011, Braga (Portugal) in 2012 and Maribor (Slovenia) in 2013.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and has been characterized as the “Greek Youth Capital” for its large number of permanent young residents. More than 100.000 students give to the city a completely unique pulse and vibe.
Since autumn, a pilot programme has already started and will last till December. It includes a plethora of cultural events (such as concerts, an exhibition of local graphic novel artists, etc), sports events, such as a small marathon and a rugby match, debates, conferences and meetings of voluntary youth organisations across Europe in collaboration with the European Youth Forum.
The “premier” of the official activities will take place on the 31st of December with a huge open-air party at the region of the White Tower, the city’s emblematic monument.
The European Youth Capital 2014 Calendar includes more than 130 events all year round. The organisation is based on two central pillars: to host international events as well as to embrace activities for the city’s youth. The events’ programme is divided in eleven thematic units: entrepreneurship, tourism, culture, volunteering, environment, sports, health, global days, issues of social exclusion, interconnection with services and institutions.
The city is planning to host big conferences and seminars in collaboration with international organisations, such as the EU, the EC and the UNO, international institutions, embassies, non-profit organisations and the Greek EU Presidency.
It will also embrace actions related to important social and political issues. Some particularly interesting events are the Water as a Social Good (January 2014), the Vocational education and training policy in the EU: current trends (February 2014), the Greek EU Presidency 2014 – European Youth Event (March 2014), a large scale campaign for the participation of youth in the coming European Parliament Elections (March – May 2014), International Competitions on cultural and social topics (the whole year) and the Thessaloniki Comics Exhibition (November 2014). More than 50 presentations, workshops and other activities have been scheduled, having as a point of reference the promotion of the city’s youth in the sectors of culture, science, sports, entrepreneurship, etc.
For more information visit: www.thessaloniki2014.gr