The shortlisting of Derry & Strabane’s bid to become European Youth Capital 2019 presents a “massive opportunity” for young people, Mayor Elisha McCallion has said.
The Mayor was speaking as she welcomed the announcement that Derry & Strabane has made the shortlist for the coveted international title.
Derry will now go head to head with four other cities across Europe selected from an initial 13 applications. The others shortlisted by an independent jury are Novi Sad in Serbia, Manchester, Perugia in Italy and Amiens in France.
The winner of the EYC2019 title will be announced at the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly in Bulgaria in November.
Each area now has two months to submit an extensive programme of youth-related cultural, social and political events and activities, and outline a partnership with the city’s young people to create, plan, and run the year.
Mayor McCallion said: “We are absolutely delighted. The City of Culture year put the city on the international map and provided young people from all social and community backgrounds with opportunities to celebrate the city’s culture. We hope that the city and district’s bid to become European Youth Capital for 2019 will present our young people with another massive opportunity.”
Encouraging all young people to get involved, the Mayor added: “In May we will be hosting a youth workshop for young people who will be asked to assist Council and partners to design youth intervention actions across the previously defined needs. These actions will then be incorporated into the final bid and also the draft Community Plan.”
Orla Anderson (20), one of the EYC19 Champions and a volunteer with the Off The Streets Initiative in Galliagh for the past 18 months, said: “We would like to see more concerts and for young people to be more involved in getting their tickets. There should be something for young people who cannot attend events because of age restrictions.”
For more information go to: www.eyc19.com.