AEGEE Day: Join the Birthday Celebration in April

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On 16th of April, the anniver­sary of AEGEE’s found­ing event, our asso­ci­a­tion turns one year old­er. In 2016 the net­work did some­thing spe­cial at this occa­sion for the first time: it offi­cial­ly cel­e­brat­ed the AEGEE Day — with the active par­tic­i­pa­tion of 77 anten­nae, which organ­ised 136 local activ­i­ties. The project team just met in Brus­sels in order to make the cel­e­bra­tion this year even big­ger.  

GT: The sec­ond AEGEE Day is com­ing. How are the prepa­ra­tions going?
AEGEE Day Team: The prepa­ra­tions are going real­ly well! We had a live meet­ing in Brus­sels last week­end where we planned the next two months and came up with many ideas on how to engage even more locals to par­tic­i­pate and how to make the project more vis­i­ble.

GT: How many locals and bod­ies did already express their inter­est in organ­is­ing some­thing?
AEGEE Day Team: From the feed­back form of last year’s edi­tion we know that 100% of those locals are will­ing to repeat this year! Also, 16th of April falls on East­er Sun­day this year and in order to involve more locals and mem­bers we decid­ed to have a week of cel­e­bra­tion. We assume that locals which didn’t have time for prop­er prepa­ra­tion last year will have the time to devel­op bet­ter activ­i­ties this year.

GT: Until when can they announce their par­tic­i­pa­tion?
AEGEE Day Team: Of course dur­ing the weeks before the AEGEE Day we offer our help to plan the event to who­ev­er needs help. But as long as they fill in the eval­u­a­tion form after their event, they can do a spon­ta­neous activ­i­ty with­out telling us before.

GT: The first edi­tion last year was a suc­cess, despite the fact that the prepa­ra­tions start­ed late and that it was the first edi­tion. Which lessons did you take from last year’s coor­di­na­tion?
AEGEE Day Team: As this year we start­ed the prepa­ra­tions ear­li­er, we have more time and more pro­mo­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties. We will involve Euro­pean bod­ies, the AEGEE Day ambas­sadors and the opin­ion of mem­bers who come and vis­it our table at the EPM Zagreb fair. Like this, the ideas for activ­i­ties come direct­ly from the mem­bers, not only from the core team and we raise more aware­ness about this spe­cial day.

GT: How many activ­i­ties took place last year? 
AEGEE Day Team: Last year 136 activ­i­ties took place in 77 anten­nae all over the net­work!

AEGEE Day cel­e­bra­tion in Man­ches­ter

GT: Can you give three exam­ples of very orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions?
AEGEE Day Team: AEGEE-León organ­ised sev­er­al activ­i­ties, such as a cul­tur­al exchange with the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty. AEGEE-Eskişe­hir orga­nized a week of cel­e­bra­tion with activ­i­ties like lan­guages and cul­tures game, a sign lan­guage course and a EuroTrip game which end­ed with a big cake cut­ting. AEGEE-Kyїv held a con­fer­ence and train­ing called “Skill School PR & Mar­ket­ing”.

GT: What do you esti­mate: how many locals and bod­ies will par­tic­i­pate this time?
AEGEE Day Team: We hope to reach as many local as pos­si­ble of course, specif­i­cal­ly the ones that we couldn’t reach last year. We aim at unit­ing the whole net­work and spread­ing the spir­it all over by increas­ing the quan­ti­ty togeth­er with the qual­i­ty.

AEGEE Day cel­e­bra­tion by AEGEE-Mosk­va

GT: Do you have guide­lines or best prac­tices exam­ples for the par­tic­i­pat­ing locals and bod­ies? If yes, in what form?
AEGEE Day Team: We will have guide­lines again with ideas for activ­i­ties that will achieve our objec­tive of this year’s cel­e­bra­tion: build­ing bridges with and with­in AEGEE!

GT: Can you share with us some pieces of advice what organ­is­ers should keep in mind for their event?
AEGEE Day Team: They should always keep in mind orga­niz­ing events with­in the frame of “Build­ing Bridges”, whose aim is to bring diverse groups and top­ics togeth­er. Guide­lines will be there to help them through the way and they can always con­tact their Ambas­sadors or us in case of advice or ques­tions.

Big AEGEE Day par­ty in Tori­no

GT: Will every­one cel­e­brate for him­self or will there also be a cen­tral cel­e­bra­tion? 
AEGEE Day Team: As this year’s AEGEE Day falls on East­er week the cel­e­bra­tion date is flex­i­ble, locals can choose a date in the week of the 16th of April. We are plan­ning to orga­nize some online activ­i­ties which are mod­er­at­ed by pro­fes­sion­als and open to the whole net­work. The AEGEE Day will also be cel­e­brat­ed at NWM Nijmegen and NWM Bam­berg. There could be one final event as well but more infor­ma­tion on that will be announced lat­er on.

GT: Will there be some live stream­ing or social media con­nec­tion?
AEGEE Day Team: The activ­i­ties won’t take place at the same time, so live stream­ing is not pos­si­ble. How­ev­er locals can live stream their activ­i­ties with #AEGEE­day. And of course we invite all of you to use the hash­tag #aegee­day in your posts in social media and fol­low us on our Face­book page and Twit­ter.

Also the Con­tact in Tyu­men cel­e­brat­ed!

GT: You have a coor­di­na­tion team with­out project man­ag­er. Who is in your team, how is it struc­tured and how do you work togeth­er?
AEGEE Day Team: Let us intro­duce you the core team. Suzan Dila­ra Tokaç (AEGEE-Eskişe­hir) and Katha­ri­na Jiménez Weese (AEGEE-Bam­berg) are both respon­si­ble for PR. Maria Maris (AEGEE-Cluj-Napoca) and Mar­ta Pąk (AEGEE-Warsza­wa) are respon­si­ble for the con­tent. Our appoint­ed Comité Directeur mem­ber is Lia Tou­s­ka (AEGEE-Sofia). Joan­na Pankows­ka (AEGEE-Warsza­wa) and Maarten de Groot (AEGEE-Ams­ter­dam), also from Comité Directeur, are help­ing us. Suzan and Lia were both part of last year’s core team which helps a lot to reflect what we should con­tin­ue doing and what we can improve this year. Next to us, there is a big team of ambas­sadors.

GT: What are the ambas­sadors doing?
AEGEE Day Team: They are help­ing us to pro­mote the AEGEE Day. They com­mu­ni­cate with their assigned locals, mon­i­tor their activ­i­ties and report us what activ­i­ties have been done. At the moment we’re look­ing for more ambas­sadors so if you are inter­est­ed in becom­ing one and being part of the team, check the Open Call on Announce-L or ask your Net­com.

GT: Any­thing else you would like to add?
AEGEE Day Team: We are look­ing for­ward to many bridges being built in AEGEE this year! For any ques­tions don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us via aegeeday@aegee.org.

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