Share Cluj-Napoca Federation embraced the most challenging role anyone could assume for the city: the responsibility of implementing the program of European Youth Capital 2015. The competition was only the first step. What this federation has to do now exceeds the city’s borders. Still, everything starts from the community which wants to change the future for the better.
When we refer to community, in the context of European Youth Capital, we mean, in a single word, lots of different groups of people. We refer to all the citizens of the city as a community. Which by itself is a challenge. Share Federation has loyal allies by its side, young people who became interested in the project from day one and decided to be part of it. To contribute and invest in something that matters. In this way, the program will be implemented by the community for the community. Cluj-Napoca is one of the biggest cities in Romania, but at the same time, in the every day life of the city, you can still feel like in a small town, where people great each other on the streets. For this reason the community gets involved and wants to make a difference.
The calendar for 2015 is loaded with projects, events, actions, meetings, shows, workshops and the list could go on for a few more rows. In this case, the best things to do is to check the schedule and choose which and where you want to participate or even get involve. The largest events in the city, the ones that are already known in Europe, decided that for 2015 they are going to prepare a special youth edition integrated in their event. Transylvania International Film Festival, Jazz in the Park or Transylvania International Music and Art Festival are just three partners that have an integrated youth edition. Share Federation, besides involving the community, organizes a few strategic projects. Volunteers` Academy should be the first on the list, because is the one program that makes things happen. A very large group of people who decided to donate their work and time to the community. Every man’s role in this project is essential no matter the size of the involvement. Com’on Cluj, a participatory budgeting project, represents one of the key strategic projects. Through Com’on Cluj, the community decides which projects are implemented and which get financing. Day 15 is another initiative for the long run. For 12 months, there will be 12 messages to deliver to the community through 12 simple actions that will take place in public spaces. For January, the theme is literature. Cluj Never Sleeps is self explanatory. For 24 hours straight, no sleep breaks, only coffee breaks, there will be a series of attractive happenings to take part in. In 2013 was a first pilot event, in which for 8 hours out of 14, a Graffiti and Street art competition was going on. European Youth Capital prepares a few other projects that will attract the community and tourist from all over the continent. A conference with thounsands of attendees on non-formal education and a 4 days festival with big names from the music industry - Untold Festival - are just another two examples. This title also managed to bring to Cluj DreamHack, largest gaming festival in the world. This is just a short preview of what the city will look like in 2015. Anyone who want to join can do it by simply accessing the website. Even more, the Share members organizations have their on youth oriented projects that will shake up things in the city.
Main focus of EYC will be on youngsters. For the first time they are seen as a resource for society and not just as simple consumers. For the first time young people have something to say, they are listen. And they do it with creativity and through innovation. But this title is so much more. It comes with a huge responsibility. It will bring hundreds of thousands of tourists and will contribute to bring more investments. It will also have something to say at public policies level and this is only a starting point for the year that will follow 2015. For 2021 Cluj-Napoca announced that will candidate for the title of European Cultural Capital.
Share Federation selected 10 priorities that will be the main focus of all the projects and events for Cluj 2015. ShareEuropean, ShareRegion and ShareResponsibly, SharePower, ShareVision, ShareCulture, ShareWork, ShareJoy, ShareFaith and ShareSpace. Even if we talk about culture, faith, work or space, in each aria there or tons of ideas to SHARE. Share Federation is, first of all, a sharing platform. Contributes with the resources it has to help young people develop as individuals and create something sustainable for the community.
The title of European Youth Capital was won by the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and it is implemented by Share Cluj-Napoca Federation. Share Federation is the first independent structure from any local institution that implements such a program. The other six youth capitals had internal departments in their local institutions to do the work. As you can see, we are still on an unexploited territory. Cluj-Napoca is only the seventh European youth capital. There are so many things still to be learned and the challenges won’t stop coming. At the same time, the only available option left is to move forward, through active contribution and to be certain that this is the project of the decade in Romania.
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