Yo!Fest @ the EYE2018
Strasbourg, 1-2 June

Bringing 8,000 young people together for passionate debate and
engaging politics at Europe’s biggest youth political festival.

Join thousands of us for

theatre
activism
dialogue
information
a dance
friendship
workshops
film
music
inspiration
good times
respect
entertainment
debate
a circus
a celebration
fun
politics
discussion
a stronger Europe
analysis
ideas
peace
love
a chat

Join Us

There is still time to register for EYE2018, click here to find out more.

Can’t join us for Yo!Fest 2018? Don’t worry, there’s still be plenty of ways to get involved. Stay tuned for more information.

Who We Are !

2018 marks the anniversary of the tenth edition of Yo!Fest and the third time the European Youth Forum joins forces with the European Parliament to create the European Youth Event (EYE). With hundreds of free activities taking place over two days, Yo!Fest @ the EYE is one of the most dynamic, youth-led events in the European Calendar.

The Festival combines debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances to celebrate what it means to be a young European. We bring young Europeans together with world leaders, internationally renowned experts, politicians and Youth Organisations to talk about the issues and look for real solutions.

Yo!Fest will stimulate vivid debates around five core themes: Keeping up with the Digital Revolution, Staying Alive in Turbulent Times, Working out for a Stronger Europe, Protecting our Planet and Calling for a Fair Share. During the Festival, young people's ideas will be collected and later presented to decision-makers. 

Whether you’re part of a grassroots organisation, you’re associated with a self-organising movement, you’re a member of a youth organisation, or you’re a young person who wants to have your say on what you’re passionate about on an international level, Yo!Fest @ the EYE is the place for you. 

The next Yo!Fest, organised by The European Youth Forum, will take place on 1-2 June 2018, outside the iconic Louise Weiss building of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

If you’re between 16 and 30 and want to get involved you can find out more on the EYE website.

Yo!Fest @ the EYE is for every young European so if you’re not able to join us in Strasbourg keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages where we’ll be providing you with plenty of other opportunities to get involved in one of Europe’s largest youth-led political festivals. 

Keeping Up With the Digital Revolution

Different generations are responding to technology differently, regulations are becoming outdated as soon as their written and not everyone has the same access to all these new technologies.

The digital revolution is affecting every facet of our lives, from education and the labour market to relationships and communication. In such a technical fast-paced sector what can be done to make sure the rest of us are keeping on top of the digital revolution.

Join us at Yo!Fest 2018 to discuss the digital revolution in an analogue world.

Working out for a Stronger Europe

When the world of politics and public opinion is going through a change, is this our opportunity to transform the way politics is done to ensure the voices and experiences of young Europeans are being heard at the highest level?

At Yo!Fest 2018 we'll be bringing young people together with world leaders, decision-makers, influencers and politicians to make sure everyone's voice is listened to.

Staying Alive in Turbulent Times

How do we reconnect people and ensure young people aren’t being forgotten along the way? How can we become part of the solution and what can we do to make sure we bring about peace in the future?

Join us Yo!Fest 2018 where you can hear from some of the greatest minds in the world of international development and speak to decision makers about your experience of staying alive in turbulent times.

Protecting our Planet

How is technology changing the way we address environmental issues? How can we inspire people to take an interest and how do we ensure our voice is heard in the process?

Join us at Yo!Fest to talk about the pressing issues and what we can all do to ensure we are protecting our planet.

Calling for a Fair Share

Unequal wealth distribution, globalisation, cheap labour and urban-centricism and impacting on the lives of every young person in some way.

At Yo!Fest 2018 we'll be talking about the new (and old) ideas that may be a solution to some of the equality issues being faced across the Union. From the gig economy, the sharing economy and home-grown innovation to universal basic income and democratic rights.

Get in Touch

More information will be added to this site in the coming months, make sure to stay tunes. If you want to get in touch with the Yo!Fest team please use the contact form.

For media related inquiries please get in touch with our Communications Officer via email bibbi.abruzzini@youthforum.org or on +32 2 793 75 37.

Practical details

Register to EYE2018

Yo!Fest @ the EYE2018 is completely free. Participants will need to cover their own costs for transport, accommodation and meals. You can register through the EYE website. All young Europeans aged between 16 and 30 (as of June 2018), can take part. You need to registered as a group of at least 10 people, from any EU Member State or another European country. No individual registrations will be accepted. Deadline for registrations is December 31. All registered participants will be able to book activities in spring 2018, using their profiles on the registration website.

Stay

The city offers a variety of accommodation options both close to the European Parliament and to the city centre. The Strasbourg Tourist Office lists several hotels on their website. For those who prefer cheaper options, hostels are also available. If you want to discover Strasbourg through the eyes of its locals, make sure to check out couch surfing and airbnb.

We advise you book your accommodation early to avoid any disappointment.

Getting to Strasbourg

At Yo!Fest we promote green travel in Europe. If you are travelling to Yo!Fest we encourage you to use the most sustainable mode of transport. If you are unable to do so we encourage you to consider carbon-offsetting your trip. 

By Air

In addition to the city airport situated 10 km from the city centre (20-25 minutes by bus shuttle), Strasbourg can easily be reached from other international airports such as Karlsruhe- Baden or Basel-Mulhouse, located in proximity. The city can also be reached by train or highways. Airports located in the proximity of the city, provide low-cost airline flights and offer the opportunity for cheaper travelling choices. For example, Ryanair operates from Karlsruhe-Baden Airport, situated approximately 40km from Strasbourg; while Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport offers Easyjet flights.

By Train

Strasbourg has the second largest railway station in France offering a wide range of train connections with other parts of the country, as well as with Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and other European countries. Another option is to get a train to Kehl or Offenburg in Germany both located near Strasbourg. 

By bus

Strasbourg can be reached by bus from several European destinations with companies such as Eurolines, Flixbus and GoEuro.

By road

There are several carpooling options that you can consider when travelling to Strasbourg.  We encourage those of you who prefer to come by car, to do it as a group.

Strasbourg can be reached from various directions:

From the west (Paris, Benelux) taking the A4 highway (E25). About 4 hours from Paris;

From the south (Switzerland, Lyon), taking the A35 highway (E25). About 5 hours from Lyon;

From the north and east (Germany), taking the A5 highway (E35).

Things to Do

When you're not busy taking part in our exciting programme, Strasbourg is a great city to enjoy and explore. Described as the perfect overture to all that is idiosyncratic about Alsace – a city that feels both French and German and both reflects it's medieval past and a progressive future, it pulls off its act in inimitable Alsatian style. You can find out more about Strasbourg and what all that is going on by visiting the Strasbourg Tourism board website.

Official partners

Jeunesses Musicales International
Cafebabel
European Youth Forum
European Parliament
European Commission
S&G: System and Generation Association
European Youth Event
Council of Europe
UNOY
Maison Mahdil
YEU International
Cyprus Youth Council
Young Cyprus Greens
British Youth Council
Les Jeunes Écologistes
Coze
National Youth Forum of Bulgaria
OBESSU