European Youth Capital winner - Antwerp 2011
WELCOME to Antwerp, Belgium
A port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with history dating to the middle Ages. In its center, the centuries-old Diamond District houses thousands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers. Antwerp’s Flemish Renaissance architecture is typified by the Grote Markt, a central square in the old town.
Antwerp as European Youth Capital
For the European Youth Capital year Antwerp wanted to turn the spotlight on how much space there is for young people in the city. In addition, the ambition was to inject a lot of extra physical and mental space for young people (6-26 years) into the city, and to give youth policy an international dimension.
From the first phase of the application and throughout the project, Antwerp 2011 involved local youth councils, students and individual young people. One of the aims was to involve a variety of city departments and all the Antwerp population in order that they would gain more interest in young people. Antwerp 2011 created a new dimension; different city departments worked together and involved young people in setting up their projects. Antwerp 2011 was a horizontal objective in the city’s youth strategy; the year had a facilitating objective.
Various events were organised and reached a diverse crowd in terms of ethnicity, age and interests. The programme was based on eleven themes and divided into five parts: existing events with a new Antwerp 2011 dimension; new events; projects developed by young people; projects of the city departments; and Antwerp as host capital of existing events.
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