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9 Mayıs Avrupa Günü Türkiye’de “Umudumuz Hep Genç” sloganı ile kutlanacak!

9 May Europe Day will be celebrated with the slogan ‘Our Hope Stays Young’ in Turkey!

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 18:14


A symbol of enduring peace and solidarity, 9 May Europe Day will be celebrated with colourful and meaningful events in Turkey. Following the European Union's designation of 2022 as the ‘Year of Youth’, this year's events are organised around the slogan ‘Our Hope Stays Young’. From the digital collage artist Uğur Gallenkuş’s exhibition Parallel Universe, to the Galata Tower video mapping, as well as a concert by Mercan Dede, Hayko Cepkin, and Ceza, who will come together on the same stage for the first time, various events are organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey in 19 different cities of Turkey, especially in Ankara and Istanbul.

Symbolizing peace and solidarity, 9 May Europe Day is celebrated this year in Turkey with the slogan ‘Our Hope Stays Young’. To celebrate Europe Day, the day when the foundations of the European Union (EU) were laid, the month of May hosts colourful and meaningful events.

Since the year 2022 has been designated as the ‘European Year of Youth’ in all European countries, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey aims to reach a large number of young participants in their activities. As part of the celebrations, exhibitions, symposiums, concerts, and youth activities are organised in 19 different cities of Turkey through the European Union Information Centres.

Exhibition, Reception, and Concert at CerModern

Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, will first be answering journalists’ questions at a press conference at CerModern on 9 May Europe Day in Ankara, followed by the inauguration of the famous digital collage artist Uğur Gallenkuş's exhibition Parallel Universe. In the exhibition, subjects that affect humanity, from hunger to poverty, from war to children's rights, refugees to health services, education to climate change, are poignantly depicted in the shots taken by today's prominent photojournalists. The artist emphasizes the global gap between the privileged and the oppressed by blending misery and joy, wealth and poverty, and love and despair.

After the exhibition’s inauguration, the traditional Europe Day Reception will take place. The reception will end with a concert by the famous French music group La Caravane Passe, which has given numerous concerts at the famous Paris Show Centre Cabaret Sauvage and the Elysée Montmartre and collaborated with names such as Boban Markovic, Bratsch, Slonovski Bal and Goran Bregović.

Uğur Gallenkuş's collage exhibition Parallel Universe will meet visitors at Istanbul Airport International Terminal from 9 to 22 May, in addition to the exhibition at CerModern in Ankara.

Galata Tower becomes enlivened… Famous artists meet the youth in concert

The collages in Uğur Gallenkuş's exhibition Parallel Universe will be projected onto the Galata Tower on 12 May. The photographs, drawing attention to the inequalities in the world and bringing together two opposite worlds in a single frame, will be viewed and accompanied by a live music performance by Uraz Kıvaner and Şenova Ülker.

On 14 May, Saturday famous artists Mercan Dede, Hayko Cepkin, and Ceza will meet young people at a large concert at METU Alumni Association Vişnelik facilities, coming together on stage for the first time.

Those who would like to attend the free concert can register at the following website:


Details of all activities to be held within the scope of Europe Day can be found at www.avrupa.info.tr.

Celebrations are organised in 27 countries

The foundations of the European Union were laid 72 years ago, on 9 May 1950, with the Schuman Declaration, which called for peace and solidarity. Europe Day, 9 May, has been celebrated in all EU Institutions, EU member states and candidate countries since 1985. Today, in addition to Turkey, more than 450 million people in 27 European countries take part in the events held for Europe Day.

Turkey and the European Union have been working hand in hand to establish a shared future for 22 years. Many projects are being carried out to promote sustainable development goals and universal values, with a total financing of €15.1 billion since 2002.

The European Union supports various projects such as the participation of young people and women in employment, strengthening vocational training, increasing the competitiveness of SMEs, encouraging entrepreneurship in all fields of business, improving environmental protection policies in the fight against climate change and global warming, protecting Anatolian civilization and common cultural heritage. Supporting Turkey with the Financial Assistance Program for Refugees to minimize the effects of migration, the European Union has provided €9.6 billion of support so far.



European Day Event Schedule            

Date                                       : Monday, 9 May 2022                 

Location                               : CerModern

18:00 -18:30 Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut’s Press Conference                                                                                

18:30 -19.00 Inauguration of Uğur Gallenkuş’s exhibition Parallel Universes

19.00 - 20.30 European Day Reception/Opening Speeches

20.30-21.30   La Caravane Passe Concert                                                                   :

Date                                       : Thursday, 12 May 2022            

Location                               : Galata Tower

20.30 - 22.00 Uğur Gallenkuş - Parallel Universes Digital Video Mapping/ Uraz Kıvaner and Şenova Ülker - Live Music Performance

Date                                       : Saturday, 14 May 2022             

Location                               : METU Alumni Association Vişnelik Facilities

20.00 - 21.45            Mercan Dede, Hayko Cepkin, Ceza Youth Concert


Europe Day Events Organized by EU Information Centres in 19 Provinces of Turkey

EU Information Center






10 May 2022


Europe Day Networking Day

Denizli Chamber of Industry Hall


10-11 May 2022

Time: 09:30

European Union Simulation for Youth in İstanbul: International Relations

TOBB Istanbul Plaza


10-11 May 2022

Space for Youth

Gokmen Space and Aviation Training Centre (GUHEM)


11-12 May 2022

European Union Simulation for Youth in Sivas

Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall


13 May 2022

A Taste of Europe in Gaziantep

Gaziantep Gastronomy Academy



Time: 20:00

Elsa Muratidou - Europe Day Peace Concert

Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall



Time: 20:00

Europe Day Youth Concert (Rembetiko & Canan Anderson)

Nuh Naci University, Süleyman Çetinsaya Hall


10:00 - 20:00


Metropolitan Municipality Youth Centre


15 May 2022 Time: 09:00

Crossing the Osman Gazi Bridge by Bicycle for   Europe Day

Osmangazi Bridge


16 -17 May 2022

Time: 10:30

Fit for the Digital Age?     EU Turkey Youth Technology Days

Selected schools


16-17-18 May/ 09:00

Design your Future: Industrial Design and Simulation Workshop

Industrial Design and Simulation Atelier


17 May 2022

Create It & Change It: Competition and Workshop for Youth

ODTU Teknokent CoZone


17 May 2022-05-06 Time: 10:00

Exhibition Europe

Selçuk University


17-18 May  2022


European Union Simulation for Youth in Van

Van Chamber of Commerce and Industry


17-20 May 2022

Youth and Sport Festival

Festival Park



Europe Day Reception



24.05.2022 / 13:30

Youth Speaks Up

Trabzon Biotechnology, Innovation and Software Centre/KTÜ


26 May 2022

Burhan ÖÇAL and Trakya

All Stars Europe Day Concert

Ahmet Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi- AASSM


27 May 2022

Time: 13:30

Youth Spring Festival: Sharing Culture Through Food

Harran University


27-28-29 May 2022

Europe Day Tennis Tournament

Pamukkale Tennis Club


27-28-29 May 2022

Youth Forum: Youth Engagement for Global Challenges

Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry Halls


For the list of events and detailed information regarding the programme: http://www.avrupa.info.tr

For Information:

Deniz Yenal, EU Turkey Delegation Information and Communication Officer

Phone: 0312 4598700

E-mail: Deniz.YENAL@eeas.europa.eu

Press Contact:

Miray Akdağ, EU Turkey Delegation Press Consultant

Phone: 0312 4598700

E-mail: miray.akdag@eeas.europa.eu