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.”


  1. How “surprising” for Greece’s second largest city to have a year of events and feel good celebrations which so happens to coincide with elections. Half starved, frozen people dancing and singing celebrating European Youth all the way to the polls, while Greece’s youths are packing their bags and voting with their feet for a better life by moving to Germany, UK and US. Bravo!

  2. Whoa there Poly-critical!!
    Can’t people enjoy their lives & have a little fun??
    We all know how tough it is over there but life goes on …there is life after crisis.
    In fact this is more reason to hold festivities so people can forget their troubles for a day or two!!
    Also don’t forget the extra visitors this should bring to Greece….more festivities I say.
    Greece can party its way out of any crisis!!

  3. Agreed in today’s world especially with this government, it has become a reflex reaction as we rightfully or wrongly look for the hidden agenda. In this case it is the May elections and the departure of our children for greener pastures. Party if they wish, but the tears and lost dreams will follow as they pack their bags and bid us goodbye for a better life. This is the hardest thing any parent can witness and a selfish hope lost.

  4. Here’s what the Finish think of the corrupt Eurozone now— READ from Kathimerini:

    Finland, which has topped euro-area credit rankings since Moody’s Investors
    Service cut Germany’s outlook in 2012, is in a “depressed” state, Nobel Laureate
    Paul Krugman said last week during a Nordic tour. He blames the administration
    of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen for peddling austerity policies that have
    undermined demand while failing to reduce the government’s debt load.

    Finland’s fate underscores doubts about the value of driving policies that
    focus on debt reduction while an economy is losing jobs. The nation is one of
    eight in the 18-member euro area that saw its economy contract in both 2012 and
    2013, according to the European Commission. The bloc’s jobless rate remains at a
    record 12.1 percent, with youth unemployment at 24.2 percent in November,
    Eurostat estimates.

    What a FRARCE & FRAUD Barosso, Rehn and Merkel and the EU are!

  5. Point taken……
    But the more reasons you can create to get people to come to Greece the better.
    I believe they don’t need a lot of convincing to come there.
    Greece & Greeks need to really start thinking business-, business-business.
    As far as the young ones…again not all is lost.
    Especially if they look for greener pastures within the EU.
    Europe is a small place & at worst they will only be a few hours away…they will not be lost.
    My parents left their village in the 50″s & came to Australia… stin alli akri tou kosmou… in an age when the world was not as small as it is now; nor as well connected.
    My mothers father died while she was on the ship coming out here & 10 years later her mother died without mother ever seeing her.
    These were truly displaced people a long way from home.

  6. Post war Greece at the time your parents left for Australia was obviously a vastly different country than today. Many left to provide for their families back home, sending money to their parents and/or opening doors of opportunity and successful businesses for family to move to their newly adopted country. A diaspora success story all over the world to be proud of..
    We worked very hard, sacrificing, saving and hoping Greece would improve so that our children would remain to rear their families and build a career. Such is not the case today, in fact in many ways it is harder and there are deeply rooted feelings of anger and despair as we watch professionals close their businesses, universities shuttered because of strikes and unemployment for the youth at staggering levels. Still there is our selfish hope our children may return, but it may take more years than we have left here on earth before that happens, and that to me is the greatest tragedy of all.

  7. Poly forget the ‘…diaspora success story all over the world..’ crap that the diaspora Greeks feed you!!
    My parents were displaced people and treated as 2nd rate citizens for most of their lives!
    We had no choice but to be successful…. at the very least financially successful if nothing else to verify ourselves as real human beings in our new land.
    The next generation… my generation were treated as 2nd rate citizens for most of our childhood by our country.
    My parents generation…most of them lowly educated rural folk were greater people than any words could describe.
    They battled great odds to bring us up in a sometimes hostile environment &.to give us an identity.
    Even today with so many successful, law abiding Greeks in Australia we feel the resentment.
    The Greek crisis has impacted on us negatively by the haters over here who don’t miss an opportunity to rubbish Greeks.
    So tell your children to go out & work in the big wide world but to look at returning soon or regularly.
    No money in the world can replace your real home or identity.