Meet the EYC19 Finalists: Amiens
October 7, 2016 -
Stay tuned and read all about the 5 finalists for European Youth Capital 2019. Once a week you will find one-page summaries from each of the finalists for EYC 2019 written in their own words – Amiens, Derry Strabane, Manchester, Novi Sad & Perugia. The winner will be announced November 16th 2016.
With a vibrant nightlife and a cultural events programme combining music, cinema and theatre festivals, some of which happen in the streets, Amiens, a city and commune in northern France, fully deserves its place as European Youth Capital! Just like the skies, it’s always on the move and we’ve lost count of the number of events from spring to winter that make Amiens a venue for festivals and convivial events. What with the Fête dans la Ville, the one and only Festival de la Jeune Creation (young artists’ festival) in the Hortillonnages floating gardens, a comic book festival, the floating market and the Christmas market too, there is a succession of events that set the tempo of life in Amiens.
Nestled away in the city centre, just a stone’s throw from all the hustle and bustle, is a verdant paradise, perfect for recharging your batteries. The charming Hortillonnages floating gardens really pull out all the stops to seduce those who love havens of peace. You simply have to visit them by punt! Then, from June, the “Art, Villes & Paysage” (art, cities and landscape) festival plays host to the work of young artists. This extraordinary and enchanting festival of visual arts and landscapes invites visitors to rediscover the history and exceptional natural heritage of the Hortillonnages.
The city centre has 700 shops to seduce fashionistas or decoration divas, while twice a year, spring and autumn flea markets take over the streets. Amateur and professional exhibitors set up their stalls and unveil treasures from their attics for thousands of visitors from all over the world to bargain-hunt for that rare pearl!
Sportsmen and women can all feel the thrill at international competitions like the ice hockey championships, the Jules Verne race, or the Ballon au Poing tournament. The latest addition for surfing fanatics and thrill-seekers is cable skiing on the Dreuil-lès-Amiens Lake, just 10-minutes west of the city!
When night falls, you must go to the Saint-Leu neighbourhood, famous for its waterside restaurants and bars! It’s the perfect place to enjoy yourselves until late into the night or early into the morning. Home to the Faculties of Law and Science, it is also one of the city’s student neighbourhoods. In summer, it’s nice to lounge about on the terraces, be gently rocked by the lapping waters of the Somme, or contemplate the majestic Amiens Notre-Dame Cathedral whose façade is lit with a dazzling display of lights every summer evening during the “Amiens Cathedral in Colour” show.
Explored on foot or by bike, Amiens is both captivating and endearing and also provides a great change of scenery. And if you are really ambitious, you can perhaps learn a few words of the Picard language, who knows?!
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More info: European Youth Capital website