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01-17-2018

Aarhus - The European Volunteering Capital of 2018



After having been the European Capital of Culture in 2017, Aarhus has been chosen as the European Volunteering Capital of 2018. Each year the title is given to a European municipality which has distinguished itself in terms of volunteering. In this regard, Aarhus has stood out. On choosing Aarhus as the Volunteering Capital, the jury emphasized the citizenship policy that Aarhus City council has adopted. The jury also remarked that in Aarhus municipality, the volunteers help set the agenda on how the municipality and the civil society can cooperate in relation to culture and social welfare areas. Jette Skive, Counselor of the Health Care Department says, “When it comes to volunteering, Aarhus is very special – for example in the health and elderly area, many people are involved in creating activities”. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary is the patron of Aarhus European Volunteering Capital, which brings further focus to this title. 

By being the European Volunteering Capital of 2018, Aarhus strives to increase and improve the cooperation between citizens and the municipality in order to make it easier to become a volunteer in Aarhus. The Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard says on in relation to this, “We will celebrate and develop voluntariness in 2018, because being a volunteer should be easy, fun and accessible for everybody”. He goes on to say, “As we could see during the European Capital of Culture 2017, a title creates the opportunity to specialize and develop an area even more, – and this is the whole idea of the European Volunteer Capital”. The Mayor is also Chairman of the Committee on Volunteering and Cooperation in the Municipality of Aarhus.

We in International Community look forward to see what exciting things the year of Volunteering will bring to Aarhus.

Official Opening
The official opening of Aarhus European Volunteer Capital takes place on Sunday, January 21, 14:00-17:00, in Ridehuset. At the opening you can meet 60 different volunteer societies, learn about the work they do and become inspired to become a volunteer yourself. Both International Community and Spouse Community will be present at this event, so come and celebrate with us the opening of Aarhus Volunteering Capital. We would love to talk to you! The event will also include good food and entertainment. You can hear different concerts including Opera and Rap from Gellerup. The Mayor, Jacob Bundsgaard, will also stop by to talk about the visions of Aarhus being the European Capital.
AND the ice rink in front of the Music House will be open from 17.00-21.00, where you can come and skate for free. You don’t have to bring your own skates – you can borrow them for free. 

Participation in the event in Ridehuset is free so come and celebrate with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Where: Ridehuset, Vester Allé 1, 8000 Aarhus.
When: January 21, 14:00-17:00
Price: Free

More info about Aarhus Volunteer Capital 2018 here
More info about the opening event here (in Danish only) 

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