A Youth Festival in Geneva to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

A youth festival will be held in Geneva from November 3 to 5, 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Reformation churches and Protestant organizations have founded an association in Bern to organize the proceedings.

Concerts, workshops, periods of quiet, and times of coming together in celebration are all on the program of this, the first all-Swiss Protestant youth festival. This also provides an occasion to give witness to the Gospel message to the Protestant youth of Switzerland. Young people, 14 years of age and older, are welcome to take part in the festival.  

The organizers of the 2017 Protestant Youth Festival chose Geneva as a city known around the world for its part in the Reformation, and which has now officially been given the title “European City of the Reformation” by the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. The beauty of the town and its ability to regularly host events of this size also played a role in the choice as did Geneva’s active church youth work. The celebrations will include those marking Reformation Sunday on November 5 as well.

The 2017 Protestant Youth Festival board includes Thomas Alder, president of the Conference of Youth Coordinators of the Protestant-Reformed Cantonal Churches of German-Speaking Switzerland (KOJU),  Daniel de Roche, Reformation anniversary delegate for the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Markus Giger, managing director of the Scripture Union of Switzerland, Jean-Marc Savary, youth coordinator of the Protestant-Reformed Church of Canton Vaud, Vanessa Trüb, youth coordinator of the Reformed Church of Geneva, and Beat Urech, head of educational activities for Aargau Reformed Cantonal Church. Daniel de Roche chairs the board.

The 2017 Protestant Youth Festival Association is made up of the churches of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance, Chrischona Switzerland, the Evangelisches Gemeinschaftswerk church renewal movement (EGW), the Landeskirchliche Gemeinschaft community (JAHU), and the VBG Network. The association is open to new members as well.