Our Festivals

YMCA Europe organizes a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, which provide opportunities for young people from different backgrounds and countries to come together, share experiences, and celebrate their cultures and identities. These festivals and events play an important role in promoting the values of the YMCA movement, such as inclusivity, diversity, and community.

One of the most well-known events are the YMCA Europe Festivals in Prague (2003, 2008, 2013), which attracted thousands of participants from all over Europe and beyond. The festival typically featured a range of cultural and educational activities, including music, dance, sports, workshops, and discussions. The festival was designed to promote intercultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among young people, and to provide a space for them to develop their leadership skills and social awareness.

On Sunday August 4th 2019, more than 3,000 YMCA young people, staff, guests and volunteers from 100 countries gathered just down the River Thames at ExCeL London to kick off its flagship anniversary celebration, YMCA175. The event was organised by YMCA Europe, hosted by YMCA England & Wales, and partnered with World YMCA, YMCA of the USA and YMCA World Urban Network.

YMCA Europe also organizes other festivals and events throughout the year, such as youth camps, music festivals, and sporting events. These events are often organized in partnership with local YMCA organizations and other youth-focused groups, and are designed to provide young people with opportunities for personal growth, social interaction, and community building.

Overall, YMCA Europe’s festivals and events are an important part of the organization’s efforts to empower young people and promote social change. They provide a platform for young people to connect with each other, learn from each other, and develop the skills and knowledge they need to create positive change in their communities and beyond.