The European Volunteering Capital begins on friday 7th of February with the official opening, an institutional event in which takes part the highest local and European authorities.
2020 will be an important year for Padova. The Italian city, as the European Volunteering Capital, will have a great chance to represent volunteering and design a future scenario with the active involvement all social actors. During the year 2020, Padova will be transformed into a showcase for local volunteering and good practices on a national and European level.
The main purpose is to transform the city into a lab where all the social components work together to attract ideas, activate volunteering projects and start long-lasting processes to create positive effects not only in Padova’s society, but also in Veneto, Italy and all over the Europe.
The official opening ceremony will be held on Friday the 7th of February, at the Fair of Padova, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The inaugural event will be an institutional moment of strong impact with the presence of highest local and European authorities and a really significant representation from the different volunteering realities. Some artists and authoritative voices - including Lella Costa, Luca Bassanese, Gherardo Colombo, Alex Zanardi - will also participate in the ceremony.
In the next months, the city hosts a great number of initiatives proposed by different organisations within Padova and Veneto. The schedule will also include a number of joint events developed in collaboration with Kosice, the last European Volunteering Capital, and Novi-sad, the European Youth Capital 2019, Stirling, which was also candidate for the EV Capital 2020 and Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020.
The last important event will take place on 5th of December 2020, the International Volunteer Day. A European meeting with the participation of previous European capitals and members of Berlin 2021. It will be also a perfect moment to the announcement of the 2022 EV capital.
You can find more information in the official website.