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Thessaloniki, European Youth Capital 2014, has launched a wide-ranging final report of its EYC year. It details the city’s history of youth engagement, candidacy for the title in 2011, planning and execution before, during and after 2014, and finishes with a statement of the city’s youth participation plans for the future.

The report highlights the many ways that Thessaloniki emphasised the principle of a truly youth-led EYC year: from an inclusive management structure to the development of the programme of activities using an open call to young people and youth organisations. In 2013-2014, 255 events in total were scheduled under the EYC banner, and a detailed timeline outlines many of the innovative and exciting activities that took place. Insight is also provided into the communications strategy, building the extensive team of enthusiastic volunteers, budgeting and financial planning, and the evaluation methods. If you want to engage young people through an EYC year, then Thessaloniki’s report is the guidebook!

Marking the public of the final report, European Youth Forum President Johanna Nyman said: “The EYC title provides cities with both an opportunity and a responsibility: an opportunity to showcase youth-related social, cultural and political life, and a responsibility to implement new, innovative projects that deliver on this potential and support active youth participation. In Thessaloniki, both before, during and after 2014, the dual-nature of this process was very clear – a broad programme of excellent events and a commitment to let young people take the reins results in a truly successful EYC year.”

You can read the full report here, and see a more detailed, formal evaluation here. More information is also available at

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The Regional Youth Conference of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, that took place at the beginning of December 2014 in Prishtina (Kosovo), was devoted to the assessment and discussion of “Tools and Mechanisms for participation of Youth in Public Life – Experiences and Practices in the Balkans”. In this framework, the European Youth Capital project and especially the EYC 2014 – Thessaloniki (Greece) were listed as best-practice examples for the promotion of  youth’s involvement in public life, benefiting youth and the community as a whole. Participants saw a specific added value in the massive involvement of civil society in setting priorities, designing actions, establishing partnerships, mobilizing massively its power base and raising a uniform and coordinated voice in the coordination with authorities.





The annual youth report of the Council of Europe refers to Thessaloniki as “an excellent example of good practice as regards the awareness and participation of youth in related actions”. The said congratulating report, which has been drawn by an international group of experts after two years of studies and travels, is sent to multiple recipients, from the Prime Minister’s office to international institutions.


”This report proves that the European Youth Capital for 2014 title has helped Thessaloniki’s young people achieve their potential. Today I am truly happy and proud for our work and for succeeding in implementing all actions for the young people in the best possible way. It is the best thing that could happen to Thessaloniki, to be the unique example of youth good practice in Greece” stated Mrs. Maria Paschalidou, president of TEYC-2014.

The fruitful cooperation between youth NGOs, volunteers and local government through the actions of Thessaloniki European Youth Capital is underlined as well as the good conditions for developing an environment that helps young people.


The problems and failures of the Greek youth policy in general are also mentioned in the report but the excellent example of Thessaloniki is applauded as an initiative that has succeeded in boosting youth participation in social actions. Thessaloniki, the European Youth Capital 2014 is presented in the report as an “impressive representation of good practice in trust- building and democracy-practicing through the extensive participation of young people to the decision making processes for related issues”.

Finally, the report talks about the low education and training standards of young employees in Greece. In this context, it is estimated that Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 could establish a Youth Center for the Education and Development.


Call for artist cooperative of Thessaloniki

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Artist – Education Cooperative “Sxedia stin poli” (the name means “city raft”) and Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 call all artist and education cooperatives of the city to enter for the 1st arts and children’s festival until Monday 8 September 2014. The venue will take place at “Technotopos” on 27 and 28 September at the Municipal Hall of Thessaloniki.

At “Technotopos”, young professionals of Thessaloniki involved in activities for children and have formed artist cooperatives, workshops and theatrical groups will have the opportunity to present, for the first time, their work at the city public.

The festival seeks to show innovation and youth entrepreneurship related to kids and arts, to network professionals and promote new cooperation schemes.

Participation is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

In charge: Argyro Skitsa

Participations at:

Tel. 2313318297 (11:00-14:00), 2310236244 (18:00-21:00), 6978383064 (10:00-22:00)

For further info visit:

On Wednesday 23 July 2014, at 9.30, from the beach of Thessaloniki, in front of the hotel Macedonia Pallas, the mission «Hellas – Azores», will sail off. It is a great operation that will be realized for the first time.

Four navigators (Thomas Panagiotopoulos, Spyros Goniotakis, Christiano Senini, Alexandros Veis), will depart on an inflatable boat ten meters long to travel along 3.000 nautical miles from Greece to Azores. For the celebration of the departure it is organized a farewell event with the presence of representatives of the local Authorities and the Mass Media, the Suzuki marine of Greece and also people who love the sea. Many inflatable boats will be at the marine to sail along with the boat of the mission a small distance in the Thermaic Gulf.

This operation with the aim to transfer globally the message that «The Mediterranean Sea unites us» takes place under the aegis of The Thessaloniki-European Youth Capital 2014.

The final destination is Ponta Delgada, the largest port and the capital of Azores. The intermediate stops are Napoli, Marseille, Barcelona and Lisbon.

It is estimated that the journey will be completed until 20-25 August, depending on the weather conditions. The last part of the journey is the most difficult, as it is the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to Azores. In order to sail this area (more than 800 nautical miles), the navigators estimate that it will take them two days and two nights, without the possibility of refueling. This extraordinary factor of difficulty makes the journey Greece-Azores one of the top sea events of the year 2014 in the whole Europe.


Over 3,000 nautical miles separate Greece from the Azores: it’s the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean between the two places, the vast sea. However, for three Greek seafarers, who plan to begin an ambitious project this summer, the sea does not separate places, but unites.

This project that aims to convey the message “The Mediterranean unites us” is held under the auspices of Thessaloniki – European Youth Capital 2014. Three experienced navigators plan to cover on a rigid inflatable boat, ten meters long, in less than a month, the distance between Greece and the Azores. Such a challenging project is undertaken for the first time ever.

The point of departure for the long journey will be the harbor of Thessaloniki and the final destination is Ponta Delgada, the largest port and capital of the Azores. The intermediate stops are just a few: Naples, Marseilles, Barcelona, Lisbon.

The journey is scheduled to begin on July 23, 2014 from Thessaloniki and is estimated to be completed by August, 20 to 25, depending on weather conditions. The last part of the journey is the most difficult, as it involves the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to the Azores. This part (more than 800 nautical miles) is estimated to require a two days and two nights trip, without even the possibility of refueling. The great difficulty of this combination of factors makes the journey between Greece – Azores one of the top maritime events of 2014 throughout Europe.

Information about the trip:

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Summer festival by ThessalonikiEYC 2014

Wednesday 11 June 2014


A multi-dimensional summer festival organizes Thessaloniki- EuropeanYouthCapital 2014 hosting in less than a week and in different outdoor spots of the city various events, all of them for free: concerts, theatrical and other performances, exhibitions, artistic installations, stilt walkers, jugglers, story-telling, workshops, book and comic presentations.


“Paraliart – Ephemeral art between the city and the sea


The action of the Friends of the New Beach “Paraliart- Ephemeral art between the city and the sea”, in a co-operation with the Th-EYC 2014, tries to look for a modern artistic commentary of the relationship between the city and the sea. Students of three different Schools of Fine Arts are realizing ephemeral artistic installations and performances in three gardens of the New Beach. The action will take place on 13 and 14 June 2014 and the program is below:

  • Garden of the Seasons: Department of Artistic and Applied Arts, of the Fine Arts School AUTH. Supervisors: Kyriakos Mortarakos, professor and Dimitris Zouroudis, assistant professor.
  • Department of Plastic Arts and Sciences of Art, School of Fine Arts of The Ioannina University- Garden of the Sculptures. Supervisor: Xenofon Bitsikas, assistant professor.
  • Garden of the Memory: Department of Artistic and Applied Arts of the School of Fine Arts of the University of West Macedonia. Supervisor: Aggeliki Avgitidou, associate professor.



The audience will have the chance to watch the implementation of the artistic performances at the Gardens, during the whole weekend, from 12.00 at noon until 21.00. The students of the Department of the University of West Macedonia, will realize performance at the Garden of the Memory, at 20.00.




On Saturday 14 June from 16.00 until midnight at the POLY.ST.EK.I of Polydromo (Ioustinianou 3) the project «MUSEFIR: MUSic, Education for Intercultural Roads» will take place. With lingual and artistic workshops, book presentations, songs and sounds by the Polyphonic Group “Pleiades”, Musefir or traveler or visitor tries to show another way of living and thinking, another language, another writing, different music and images.


Polydromo starting from the School of Early Childhood Education and the Faculty of Education of AUTH, is an inter-university team with a special interest on contact of languages and cultures, bilinguality and intercultural education.


«Art of Busking»

Until 16 June the events of the European exchange program “Art of Busking” continue. It is an initiative of the German NGO  Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. with artists from Germany, Greece, Spain, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Bulgaria in order to promote street arts (busking) and inter-cultural co-operation.

Workshops:  until Thursday 12 June from 17.00 until 19.00 at Palais des Sports the artists of the Art of Busking are teaching for free jugglers, air and floor acrobatics.

Street Parade: on Friday 13 June from 20.00 stilt walkers, jugglers, dancers and musicians with musical team Krousi and the volunteers of Th-EYC 2014, will parade along the beach from the Fokas park to the White Tower.


Street Performance «The Great Wheel»: On Saturday 14 June at 21.30 the street performance «The Great Wheel» will take place at the beach near the White Tower. The performance is based on dance, theatre, jugglers, circus techniques, fire performing καιair acrobatics.

West Side Story

The highlight of the West Side, the Xyladika and the Old Railway Station area attempts the team “Thessaloniki Differently” of Parallaxi in a co-operation with Thessaloniki-European Youth Capital 2014, with the «West Side Story» events, at 14 – 15 June 2014.

During the weekend there will be walking tours with the guide Ioannis Kourtsoglou (Saturday 14 June and Sunday 15 June, 18.30, meeting point Villa Petridi, opposite the Court) and also graffiti at the Old Railway Station by Apset, Zofos, Jamer, Sive, Ser-Simoni, Nar. The program also includes: concert by “Aimilios Riadis” (Saturday 14 June , 19.30,  yard of Veterinary School, Giannitson street), theatrical play-documentary «To the other side» by the National Theatre of Northern Greece with the co-production of Parallaxi (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June, 21.30, Old Railway Station), theatrical play «Hunting Scenes from Bavaria» by «Papalangi» (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 21.30, Veterinary School), street performance «Behtsinar» by Die Wolke and the dance studio KINOUMAI (Saturday 14 June, 20.00, Veterinary School), interactive game  «Future City Game» of the British Council (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June), music happening   «Sound exorcises shadows» by the music ensemble «Krousi» (Sunday 14 June, 20.00, Villa Petridi, Anagenniseos). There will also take place the following screenings «Images of a city»by the Photography Museum, at PhotoBiennale,  (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June, 21.00, Old Railway Station) and also an exhibition of architectural proposals for the development of the Xyladika area at the West side (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June, Garden of the Veterinary School).



KJO Calw Youth Orchestra

The Youth Orchestra from Calw (Καλφ) of South Germany that is visiting Thessaloniki these days to participate in the events of Th-EYC 2014 in a co-operation with the German Consul, will give a small concert, on Thursday 12 June, at 22.00, at the yard of the City Hall of Thessaloniki.

The Orchestra has its base in Baden-Wurtemberg and is consisted of 49 young musicians, pupils and student, 15-26 years old.

In addition as a part of the orchestra visit, at 19.00, at the multipurpose Hall of the City Hall, there will be the event “Ways and potentials of professional training” with the participation of educational and professional organizations, and also young innovative entrepreneurs.

33rdBook Festival

The 33rd Thessaloniki Book Festival is dedicated to the Thessaloniki- European Youth Culture 2014.

One of the events of the Festival, is a concert of the German orchestra KJO Calw in a co-operation with the University of Thessaloniki and other young musicians, on Saturday 14 June, at 20.45, at the platform of the Festival, at the pump house.

In addition, Th-EYC 2014 in a co-operation with the “West Thessaloniki Artistic Intervention” present the event “Traveling to fairytales…” on Sunday 15 June, from 11.00 to 14.00, at the Beach, in the Book Festival area.

Two fairytales will be read to the audience by Theano Gotsi and Maria Kasidou and these stories will be also drawn by children and adults under the guidance of two artists, Ganeli Efi and Chatziagoros George. Any passer-by will have the chance to illustrate the same story on his own way also sign it.

On Sunday 15 June, at 22.00, at the Kiosk of Th-EYC 2014 at the Book Festival there will be the presentation of the manga comic “Then and now, always Thessaloniki” by Mangatellers. It is the first Greek manga published in Greece according to the Japanese requirements, it is issued in a co-operation with Th-EYC 2014 and will be handed out for free during the whole year.



Djangofest – gypsy jazz festival

Djangofest – gypsy jazz festival, an all day summer event, will take place on Monday 16 June 2014 at the Port, with free entrance.  It is a great celebration of gypsy jazz swing sound, inspired by the inheritance of Django Reinhardt.

The program, starts at 12 at noon until late at night, and includes exhibitions by musical instrument makers, set designers/ photographers, Djs, independent teams and dance schools. The bands that will appear are: Swing Till You drop and Speakeasies Swing Band (Thessaloniki), Groovin High (Patra), Ghost Notes (Volos), Diminuita and Gadjo Dilo (Athens), and also parallel actions: dance moves by Lindy Hop Greece, Djs and dance classes for children by the team Jitterbugs, exhibitions of musical instruments makers (Spyros Mamais and Leveller Guitars), and also a Fashion show with the swing collection of Helen Chasioti.







Youth Delegations in Thessaloniki


The Thessaloniki-European Youth Capital 2014 welcomes more than 25 young people from Russia and Sweden in the framework of the contacts with abroad.

The visitors are members of the municipality and youth organizations that are visiting Thessaloniki to observe and study from close the job and actions of T-EYC 2014.

The delegation of St Petersburg is already in Thessaloniki. The members of the Russian mission have realized a meeting at the office of the European Youth Capital 2014 with Maria Paschalidou, president of the Thessaloniki Public Utility one of the organizers of T-EYC 2014, Babis Papaioannou, coordinator and also representatives of voluntary organizations of Thessaloniki.

Today, Tuesday, 13th May 2014 the young from St Petersburg have a meeting at the office of EYC 2014 in order to discuss the issues of young entrepreneurship, volunteering and professional orientation and find ways of cooperation with Thessaloniki.

In Thessaloniki there have also arrived representatives of youth organizations from Lulea, Sweden, who will also meet members of T-EYC 2014.

The visits of foreign delegations of youth organizations will be continued until the end of 2014. This way EYC 2014 creates mobility from abroad to our country, as the members of the foreign youth organizations are coming to Thessaloniki to study the case of EYC 2014 as a good practice in the field of the younger generation.

“Our cooperation with EYC 2014 is an interesting experience because it brings us in contact with the young people of Thessaloniki”, said Alexandra Medvedeva, responsible for the youth programs of the city of St Petersburg. “Our aim is to meet with volunteers, NGO representatives, and mostly young people. We want to learn much in this field, in which our city recently develops”.

As you may know, Thessaloniki is the 2014 European Youth Capital. Since January 1st, the city has been celebrating and raising awareness on youth issues, with a wide range of activities and projects. This is particularly pertinent in Greece where around 50% of young people are unemployed.

While an increasing number of young Europeans are connected to the internet, Thessaloniki is bringing you something a little more old school! And on 17th February, the European Youth Capital revealed a special stamp to mark their year of being European Youth Capital.


We guess that at €0,90 it would worth sending a postcard when paying a visit to a young person in Thessaloniki!


thessaloniki2014-4Focused on youth and street culture, the Street Mode Festival took place at the Thermi municipality’s central square as part of the Thessaloniki – European Youth Capital 2014 programme.

More than 3,500 people attended the event, one of the biggest open-air festivals in Greece concerning youth and street culture in 2013, completed with great success. Visitors enjoyed a free program with continuous action, including demonstrations, competitions, graffiti, street dancing and parkour by leading Greek artists and athletes in the square area, which was created specifically for this event. In the afternoon, breakdance contests gripped the audience.

DJ sets and parallel activities also took place during the day, but the program reached its peak late at night with live music from representative bands of street culture. The square overflowed with people who wanted to experience concerts by their favourite artists.

By taking advantage of Thessaloniki’s pioneering spirit and long-cultivated strengths in diverse areas, Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 has been dedicated to the creation of an attractive, youthful city. That is being achieved through the support of various activities happening all over the city and adding color and energy to modern society. Many events will follow in the coming months.

European Youth Forum AISBL, 10 rue de l'industrie, 1000 Brussels Belgium

Tel.: +32 2 793 75 20
Fax : +32 2 893 25 803

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