“Reformaction” – Protestant Youth Festival 2017

From November 3 to 5, 2017, the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) in cooperation with free church associations and other youth organizations will host a youth festival a part of the Reformation Jubilee celebrations. The major three-day event called “Reformation” will take place in Geneva. The organizers expect 5000 young people age 13 and up from all over Switzerland.

The goal of the event is coming 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 definite statement of unity and diversity,” says Markus Giger, co-project manager of Reformaction. So far, 4700 participants and their group leaders have signed up for this unique one-time event.  The Canton of Bern is represented most strongly with 550 registrations, followed by Vaud with 480 and Thurgau with 420 participants. 

Geneva was deliberately chosen as the venue for the event.  The “smallest of the big metropolises” is considered a place of important Reformation upheavals and is thus counted among the eleven Swiss Cities of the Reformation. The legacy of the Reformer Calvin has been shaping the identity of the “City of Peace” for 500 years.

The organizers of Reformation have made sure that there will be a wide range of variety. The event starts on Friday evening, November 3, 2017, with a “Night of Lights” with Frère Alois and several brothers from Taizé. After a convergence march, participants meet for the opening celebration at the Reformation monument, which is set up with a multimedia display for the occasion. On Saturday morning, participants can pick and choose from a wide variety of more than 40 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 13 attractive offerings, the SRF televised worship celebration on Sunday morning from St. Peter’s Cathedral will conclude the event.

Musical highlights abound as well. With the US band SWITCHFOOT, the organizers found a worthy headliner for the one-time festival. The Grammy winners from California have sold millions of albums.  Their evocative songs with socially aware lyrics are inspired by their personal faith. With their energetic alternative sound, they will rock the big stage at the arena. Also performing are LZ7 from England with their booming bass lines, stomping beats and acrobatic dance performances. An EDM top act of the highest order.

Further information available at www.reformaction.ch.