Novi Sad 2019
January 10, 2017 -
In Serbian, Novi Sad means “a new garden”, which stands as a symbol for the 80,000 young people and additional 80,000 students who are living and growing up in the country’s “young city”. For more than a century, Novi Sad has been a pioneer for youth activism in Serbia, pushing social change and demanding a central place for youth in society.
In a cultural sense, Novi Sad is also a hub for the region (EXIT festival, Cinema city, Street Musician festival, Days of Brazil), youth fairs and sports events, like the Universiade (2008), as well as a big focus on sport (basketball, volleyball and handball in particular). In these spheres, Novi Sad tries to demonstrate the capacity, expertise and spirit to act as a “standard-setter” in the reintegration of the Western Balkans in wider European Society.
Novi Sad’s youth movement made it their mission to promote and support key values as Serbia developed, and overcame the challenges facing the country: tolerance, solidarity, freedom and equality. The city’s young people, driven by a European focus and wanderlust, have pledged not to let the heavy burden of the past result in a pessimistic outlook on the present and bleak perspective on the future – to see the city and the country as they make it, with the potential to be shiny, bright, and full of hope and opportunity.
The youth of the city outlined three key goals in their ‘recipe’ for Novi Sad 2019:
1) Finding hope within, waking it and shaking it up
2) Working hard while pursuing happiness
3) Sprinkling a bit of stardust for each and every young person in Novi Sad, and then spreading this free spirit all around Serbia, Europe, and the world.
The theme and motivation of the year is “OPENS19”: creating more opportunities for youth by youth, empowering young people to become pro-active initiators of positive change, introducing innovative ideas to the city, country and internationally. Young people and youth organisations in Novi Sad want to work with the Municipality to create more opportunities – to bring bigger chances for employment, education, free time, culture, healthy lifestyles and finally, networking with rest of Europe.
For more information on all they plan to do, see: www.opens2019.rs
For a contact point of EYC 2019, please contact Valentina Antić, coordinator of international cooperation of the Association leading the EYC year: firstname.lastname@example.org