Thessaloniki Set to be European Youth Capital for 2014



Thessaloniki Set to be European Youth Capital for 2014Thessaloniki celebrated the arrival of 2014 with a wild party in which the city welcomed the title  of “European Capital of Youth.” The upcoming months will be full of events, world championships, international exhibitions and competitions. It is also rumored that the U.N. General Secretary will attend  the opening of the “Park of Nations.”

On December. 31 at around 10pm, the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece organized a big party in the port of the city to celebrate the arrival of the new year. The party continued into January. 1, 2014 with a concert by the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

And that was just the beginning. During the year, the city is expected to host more than 130 international and local events for young people. Conferences, seminars, competitions, workshops and presentations will be included in the European Youth Capital program.

Thousands of young people throughout Europe have already booked a ticket to visit Thessaloniki and participate in the events.

According to Thessaloniki’s mayor, Yiannis Boutaris, the trump card of the city is its young population.

“The students in universities and colleges amount to 120,000, and this makes the city more vivacious. This is a huge advantage that should be exploited,” said the mayor.

Maria Paschalidou, responsible for the “Thessaloniki 2014” program said, “We can’t predict the exact number of visitors. However, the program and the events should be tempting. We must constantly remind tourists that in Thessaloniki, one can find everything — fun, history and culture.”