Europa-Jugendtag 2009

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

Report added 12/22/2008

20,000 participants have registered

With just 150 days to go before the European Youth Day 2009, over 20,000 youth and their custodians have been registered as participants. The largest registered group comes from North Rhine-Westphalia, followed by Southern Germany, Northern Germany and Switzerland. In January, the organisers await a greater volume of participants to join before the registration phase closes. The New Apostolic Church, as host, expects more than 35,000 youth to attend from across the world.

“Until now, registration has been more sluggish than we anticipated”, commented Apostle Franz-Wilhelm Otten, manager of the EJT 2009 Düsseldorf GmbH, on the numbers. There is, however, no reason to worry. “The holidays are before us, so that the response is going to be a little slower. We anticipate a greater registration impetus in the next few weeks”.

Registration in many countries is a strenuous process

Apart from the approaching festive holidays, there is another good reason for the delays in registering. Much determination is necessary in the countries outside of Germany to register the youth with all their data, for example where visa applications are required. Thus, the concrete numbers from France are not expected until some time in January.

Current volume of registered persons from the district churches:

North Rhine-Westphalia 6141
Southern Germany 5073
Northern Germany 2604
Switzerland 1968
Central Germany 1296
Hessen/Rhineland Palatinate/Saarland 1172
Berlin-Brandenburg 1014
Netherlands 458
France 32

Added to these are more participants who have registered from countries outside of Europe, for example from Canada, the USA, Argentina, Djibouti and South Africa.

Over 600 camping van spaces available

The organisers advise that, from the 800 possible camping van spaces on the exhibition premises, only 150 have been allocated until now, despite the fact that the costs for the camping spaces are included within the participation fee and that the caravan parking area is only ten minutes walking distance from the arena and the exhibition premises.

“Camping vans are relatively much more comfortable than sleeping on the floor of the exhibition halls”, Helmut Polzin, project coordinator of the EYD said, in canvassing for the camping spaces. “The youth have a practical and comfortable overnight opportunity there”.

Text: Frank Schuldt
Fotos: EJT-Projektleitung