Ganja welcomed first visitors from a number of European countries who have arrived in this ancient city to attend the opening ceremony of the Ganja-European Youth Capital 2016 project, Azertac reports.
The event participants include representatives of Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Greece, Bulgaria and other countries, as well as representatives of a variety of local and international organizations, youth, sports and culture departments.
The visitors are accompanied by volunteers of the European Youth Capital Public Association.
A series of events will be held on May 3-5 under the Ganja European Youth Capital 2016 project. The project will officially open on May 4.
The visitors will see the sights of the city of Ganja, including Mahsati Ganjavi Center, Nizami Gancavi mausoleum and museum, the Castle Gates and Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Monument Complex. They will also tour Goygol National Park. The program will feature the opening ceremony of the House of Youth in the city of Ganja and office of Public Association Ganja-European Youth Capital 2016, organization of a number of exhibitions and other events.
The European Youth Capitals project was launched by the European Youth Forum in 2009. The project aims to develop the international cooperation of the local and foreign youth organizations, and also exchange of experience among national youth organizations of the countries whose cities were elected the European Youth Capitals.
The European Youth Capital is a title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase, through a multi-faceted programme, its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development.
The initiative encourages cities to both continue and expand the implementation of new ideas and the innovative projects with regard to the active participation of young people in society, and seeks to present a role model for further development of youth policies in other European municipalities.
The first European Youth Capital was Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 2009. The European Youth Forum has developed a transparent and fair competition open to all European municipalities. Based on the judgement of a high-level, independent jury convened by the European Youth Forum, the EYC title has since been awarded to Turin (Italy) in 2010, Antwerp (Belgium) in 2011, Braga (Portugal) in 2012, Maribor (Slovenia) in 2013, Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2014, and Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 2015.
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