“Reformaction” – Protestant Youth Festival 2017

From November 3 to 5, 2017, the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC), in cooperation with the free church associations and other youth organizations, will host a youth festival as part of the Reformation Jubilee celebrations. The three-day “Reformaction” mega-event will take place in Geneva. So far, 2000 of the expected 5000 young people (14 years and up) from all over Switzerland have signed up.

The festival’s goal is to come together to address the most important principles of the Reformation and its profound impact.  “Together, we want to bear witness to the abiding relevance of the Gospel today and to make a crucial statement of unity and diversity,” said Markus Giger, project co-manager of Reformaction.
 
Geneva was deliberately chosen as the venue for the event.  The “smallest of big cities” is a place of groundbreaking Reformation events and thus was named one of the eleven Swiss Cities of the Reformation. The legacy of Reformer John Calvin has been shaping the identity of the “City of Peace” for 500 years.
 
The Reformaction organizers made sure that the festival will offer lots of variety. The event will kick off on Friday evening, November 3, 2017, with a “Night of Lights” with Frère Aloïs and several brothers from Taizé.  After a convergence march, participants meet at the Reformation monument for the opening celebration. On Saturday morning, participants can pick and choose from a wide variety of workshops to create their own schedule. On Saturday afternoon, the main event with speakers and concerts will take place at Geneva Arena. After a “Night of Encounters” with a diverse program, the SRF televised worship celebration on Sunday morning will conclude the festival.
 
Further information and tickets for the big event are available at www.reformation.ch.
 
About the association
The association founded explicitly for organizing the festival consists of FSPC member churches, Bibellesebund (Bible Reading Society)/ La Ligue, Chrischona Schweiz, JAHU, SEA/RES, EGW, SBG, CEVI, VBG, ACAT, CfC, Vineyard Bern, and Blue Cross.


The managing committee consists of Daniel de Roche (President / member of the FSPC council), Vanessa Trüb (local committee / EPG), Thomas Alder (Protestant Church of the Canton of Thurgau), Beat Urech (Reformed Church of Aargau Canton) und Markus Giger, Bibellesebund. Markus Giger (www.bibellesebund.ch) and Peter Bruderer (www.springtimefestial.ch) are the two project co-managers in charge of operative management.