Juvenilia, the European Network of Young Opera Friends, has been awarded the European Charlemagne Youth Prize, second place for ‘increasing and developing a common European spirit through the arts.’ The prize was accepted by vice-president Mirko Gragnato and president Rozemarijn Tiben at the European Charlemagne Youth Prize Ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the city hall of Aachen, Germany.
The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually by the European Parliament to young people who have contributed significantly towards the promotion of the European community spirit and the process of European integration. The award is accompanied by a grant to promote further development of the prize-winning initiative. This year, 27 pre-selected initiatives from European Union member states participated. The youth prize commemorates Charlemagne, ruler of the Frankish Empire and founder of what became the Holy Roman Empire, who resided and was buried in Aachen.
According to the jury of the Charlemagne Youth Prize, Juvenilia ‘increases and develops a common European spirit through the arts, specifically through opera. Few other art forms can rival opera in its capacity to express the European spirit. Juvenilia celebrates the rich European cultural heritage, while at the same time commemorating its history.’
Under the aegis of ‘friendship through music’, Juvenilia’s aim is to foster the interest for opera, ballet and classical music among people under 35 and to create a European community of young enthusiasts of the classical performing arts. Furthermore, Juvenilia helps European performing arts venues in building their future audience. As opera, ballet and classical music are rarely part of young people’s cultural environment, Juvenilia takes an active stance in voicing the message that opera, ballet and classical music are not enjoyed exclusively by the affluent classes, but are also cherished by young people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
Juvenilia organises 8-12 events per year across different European cities. At these events, young Europeans gather to enjoy opera, ballet and classical music performances together, as well as to participate in a program of social and cultural activities.
On a professional level, Juvenilia offers partner theatres and clubs the chance to exchange strategies and approaches on how to build a young audience for opera, ballet and classical music. Juvenilia also fosters the creation of new youth clubs of opera houses and festivals. At the moment, Juvenilia unites 22 member clubs from eight different countries.
In the last year, events took place at Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Arena di Verona, Komische Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu. Upcoming events will take place at the Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Bayreuther Festspiele, Arena di Verona and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Juvenilia is managed by a board of five volunteers: president Rozemarijn Tiben (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); vice-president of internal affairs Daniele Capuzzi (Milan, Italy); vice-president of external affairs Mirko Gragnato (Verona, Italy); event coordinator Marie Eve Didier (Lausanne, Switzerland) and event coordinator Francesco Politi (Milan, Italy).
Press contact: Mirko Gragnato via firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: www.juveniliaeu.jimdo.com
Introduction video: https://youtu.be/K4eGIT7Tmn0