European Youth Capital winner - Tirana 2022
WELCOME to Tirana, Albania
A city so old that it dates back to the Palaeolithic era and with 100 years of history as the capital of Albania, Tirana nowadays is known as the largest and most vivid city in Albania, with about half of its population under 35 years old. Due to its role as the center of the political, economic, cultural life of Albania and the home of the most prestigious public and private universities in the country, Tirana is becoming one of the most dynamic and forward-looking cities in the region. The fast pace transformation of the city be seen not only in its urban appearance but also the growing opportunities and incentives for youth who are the ones now shaping the city’s economy, event scene, mobility trends, etc.
Other than a sunny warm weather, great hospitality and generosity, in our city you will find very friendly multilingual and curious citizens which will make you feel home and introduce you to our rich culture and traditions, great food and nightlife. The number of youth friendly spaces in the city has increased rapidly in the last years as well as the number of cultural and artistic events that promote youth talents, such as “Tirana Art Fest”, yearly theatre and literature festivals, stand up comedies, public speaking events, etc. The young population has also been an important factor for the explosion of public and street arts that can be found allover the city and that in a way have become alternative but powerful voice of the young generation.
Tirana as European Youth Capital Activ∞ Tirana 2022 is the fruit of a close cooperation among the National Youth Congress which represents a broad network of local youth groups and the Municipality of Tirana, a cooperation that will continue during its implementation and the years to come after the title. Aiming the spirit of YOUTH ACTIVISM for important matters of the daily life, the program has been designed to bring into focus 8 intertwined and inclusive themes:
- Youth Makes Creative Economy & Innovation
- Youth Creatures Culture
- Youth Develops Capacity
- Youth Participates
- Youth Diversity
- Youth are Europeans
- Youth Eco-Health
- Youth Spaces
12 Flagship events will be organized throughout the year for each proposed themes together with hundreds of activities that will take part during the title year of Tirana European Youth Capital 2022. The proposed activities within each time are aimed to activate Youth of Tirana and the participating region into becoming more involved and proactive on issues that concern their generation and especially help youngsters understand the true future changing power that lies in their hands. Lastly, the carefully designed program aims to place the youth of Tirana at the center of the engine that will drive the sustainable development of the capital and the country in the near future.
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