2018 Charlemagne Youth Prize
Malta in 3rd place with project Never Arrive 2
This year for the first time ever, Malta takes one of the three top spots, placing third in this prestigious youth award with the project Never arrive 2
A young Somali refugee and blogger Farah Abdullahi Abdi, who arrived to Malta at the age of 16. Farah wrote two books about the frustrations and hardships of being a refugee in Europe. She wants to show that refugees are not here to create chaos but are ready to embrace Europe and contribute to its development. She has crossed Europe speaking to students about her life, offering them a different picture from the one they might get from anti-immigration sources.
The first prize went to Poland with the project Worcation
Contraction from work and vacation, Worcation brings together young people from different countries to work on the site of Stalag VIII A, a German WW2 prisoner-of-war camp situated in Görlitz and Zgorzelec, on both sides of the river Neisse. After receiving training, the volunteers work as archaeologists or interview families of former inmates. There is a lot of manual work but they visit other cities and learn a lot about history and each other’s countries.
The second prize was won by Italy with the project Juvenilia
Juvenilia aims to raise interest in opera, ballet and theatre among the under 35s. It organises cultural exchanges in different European cities and negotiates tickets prices to make the performances more accessible. Participants can go backstage and meet the artists, enjoy city tours and meet like-minded people from other countries.
About the Prize
The annual prize, awarded by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation, goes to young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved with projects helping to promote understanding between people from different European countries.
Representatives of the 28 national winning projects were invited to Aachen, Germany, where the award ceremony took place on 8 May. The winning projects received €7,500, €5,000 and €2,500 respectively.
2018 Charlemagne Prize goes to Emmanuel Macron
On Thursday 10 May the Charlemagne Prize 2018 will be awarded to French president Emmanuel Macron “for his passion and commitment to Europe.” Charlemagne youth prize winners will have the chance to meet and talk with him.