European Youth Capital winner - Varna 2017

WELCOME to Varna, Bulgaria

Varna is the third largest and the loveliest city in Bulgaria. It has been a major economic, social and cultural centre for almost three millennia. With a population of 335 000, more than 65 000 young people aged 15 – 29 are living in the city. 

Varna is home to unique museum collections of international significance; professional visual art companies and art festivals. The city hosts over 30 major international festivals annually, in the fields of music, film, poetry, video art, theatre, photography, ballet, folklore and contemporary arts.

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Varna as European Youth Capital 

The focus of Varna's EYC concept is in the field of SOCIAL INNOVATION (#InnoWave), taken in its crucial role as an implementation tool for development of youth participation, sustainable employment decisions, creativity, networking, exchange and education. The mission of InnoWave is to drive change through social innovation among and actively involving the youth generation of Varna and Europe through a yearlong programme connecting any kind of public and private, profit and not-for-profit organisations and initiatives committed to youth.

The 14 Key Flagship Projects of Varna 2017 represented the core of the programme, which included more than 500 activities. Some projects fostered by Varna European Youth Capital 2017 included 'Innovator', a shared creative centre consisting of a start up incubator, training centre, co-working, event hall, and social cafe. The main focus is to provide shared, hi-tech workshops for software development, hardware prototypes and works in different technical, scientific and cultural fields. Rapana is the first street library in Varna, Bulgaria. There was also a 72 hour marathon where participants were divided into teams together with youth with special needs - Need Knowers and Makers, working together for prototyping and developing solutions for the youngsters’ specifics and a number of other great initiatives! 

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