Reformaction – 2017 Protestant Youth Festival

Over 4700 young people from all across Switzerland travelled to Geneva last weekend for the Reformaction youth festival from November 3-5 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Reformaction TKE

The event kicked off with a “Night of Lights” together with Frère Alois and the brothers of the Taizé Community. A procession was followed by opening festivities at the Reformation Monument. A multimedia presentation of the Reformation served to officially launch the festival.

The participants and their group leaders put the program together themselves on Saturday morning. This included around 40 workshops on a wide range of different subjects including discussions on spirituality, a visit to nearby CERN, and learning choreographed dance moves.

The main event took place on Saturday afternoon with a time marked by interactive activities, speakers, and music at the Geneva Arena. A “Night of Encounter” would follow with concerts, a “Silent Disco” and 12 other exciting offers. A televised worship service at St. Peter’s Cathedral then closed out the festivities on Sunday morning. The main events could also be followed via livestream online.

The organizers worked closely with the Geneva authorities to ensure a smooth and safe event. Participants were able to receive the information they needed in their own languages via an app created just for the occasion. The app allowed the organizers to send out push notifications to keep everyone up to date on what was happening and security information.

The organization of this unique event was not made any easier by the fact that participants came from all over the country and beyond and were accommodated at 36 different locations over the weekend. The event was nevertheless carried out with no logistical mishaps.

The major event was supported by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) in cooperation with Free Church organizations and other youth associations. Over 660 volunteers helped make the event a success, half from the Geneva church and the other half from German-speaking Switzerland.

Further information is available at www.reformaction.ch

About the organization

The association founded for the festival comprises the FSPC member churches, the Scripture Union, Chrischona Schweiz, JAHU, SEA/RES, EGW, SBG CEVI, VBG, ACAT, CfC, Vineyard Bern, and the Blue Cross.
The Governing Board is composed of Daniel de Roche (President / FSPC Council Member), Vanessa Trüb (Local Committee / Protestant Church of Geneva), Thomas Alder (Protestant Church of Canton Thurgau), Beat Urech (Church of Aargau), and Markus Giger (Scripture Union).

Project leaders Markus Giger (www.bibellesebund.ch) and Peter Bruderer (www.springtimefestival.ch) headed operations.