Europa-Jugendtag 2009

Neuapostolische Kirche - 21. bis 24. Mai 2009 in DŘsseldorf

Report added 05/18/2006

Treaty negotiations with Messe D├╝sseldorf a success

First preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area
First preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area
First preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area
First preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area
First preparatory meeting - Tour of the exhibition area

The treaty negotiations with Messe Düsseldorf have been rounded off successfully. The European Youth Day of the New Apostolic Church will take place in Düsseldorf in May 2009. The date for the European Youth Day is set: From 21-24 May 2009, young people from all the European District Churches are invited to come to Düsseldorf and attend.

“We rounded off the negotiations with Messe Düsseldorf in the last days”, Apostle Franz-Wilhelm Otten said. He is responsible for youth work in North Rhine-Westphalia and negotiated on behalf of the project team European Youth Day 2009. He said signing the contract was a mere formality.

Düsseldorf was the favorit place

The team favoured the exhibition centre right from the start of the search for a suitable location. The grounds have an adequate size. A stadium with a sufficient number of seats for the divine service on Sunday is nearby. The connection to the airport, motorway, and railway is supposed to be very good. The exhibition centre has proved itself during the Catholic World Youth Day in summer 2005. The members of the project group European Youth Day were impressed seeing the exhibition grounds. The LTU-Arena offers around 51,000 seats. The stands are completely roofed. This is quite an advantage in case it should rain or be too cold.

In the following months, enquiries for accommodation will be started in the nearby church districts of the District Church North Rhine-Westphalia. According to a first estimation, around 30,000 visitors will have to be accommodated. Around 10,000 young people could sleep in two halls of the exhibition centre. The others will be accommodated in gyms, schools or private homes.

Day of arival: Ascension Day

According to a temporary agenda, the day of arrival will be 21 May 2009, Ascension Day. A welcome festivity might take place in the evening. The whole Friday will be like a huge NAC trade show. Different groups will present themselves and there will be time left to explore the region. The evening could end with a varied music programme in the exhibition halls.

More activities, workshops and discussions are planned for Saturday. The day is supposed to end with a big event in the LTU-Arena, which is supposed to prepare the participants for the divine service on Sunday with Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber. This divine service will be broadcasted to other European congregations via satellite if possible.

NACI: Successful contract negotiations with the D├╝sseldorf Fair

Text: Peter Johanning
Fotos: Frank Schuldt