Summer, Sun and Plenaries: Get Ready For Agora Catania


No, we don’t know yet whether there will be work­shops in the sun. But the Autumn Ago­ra in Cata­nia will def­i­nite­ly be the hottest event of the year! Nev­er before has an autumn Ago­ra that ear­ly and start­ed on the 27th of Sep­tem­ber. And only a hand­ful of Ago­ras have been more to the South. Your host ist not an ordi­nary anten­na either: AEGEE-Cata­nia was award­ed the title of “Best Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Organ­is­er” four times in a row, so these guys and girls know how to make you feel wel­come. You want to know more? Then  read the inter­view with AEGEE-Catania’s Pres­i­dent Gabriele Nico­tra. 575 mem­bers applied so far. In case you still haven’t done so, hur­ry up: the dead­line is tomor­row night!

The logo of the Ago­ra

GT: AEGEE-Cata­nia will host its first Ago­ra! Is your anten­na proud of this achieve­ment?
Gabriele Nico­tra: Proud? I don’t think that Eng­lish, Ital­ian or any oth­er lan­guage has a word to describe this achieve­ment!

GT: Why did your anten­na decide to apply for the Ago­ra?
Gabriele: We decid­ed to apply for the Autumn Ago­ra because, after almost 13 years of AEGEE-Cata­nia it was time to take this step and move for­ward to a big­ger and greater event. The con­di­tions were per­fect: a full sup­port from the local admin­is­tra­tion, a lot of moti­vat­ed mem­bers and a help­ful hand from the old­er mem­bers of AEGEE.

Gabriele Nico­tra with his anten­na at Ago­ra Enschede 2017

GT: Your anten­na is famous for mak­ing great SUs, but also oth­er events such as the Net­work Meet­ing two years ago were leg­endary for their great organ­i­sa­tion and hos­pi­tal­i­ty. What’s the secret of your antenna’s organ­is­ing skills?
Gabriele: I real­ly can’t tell you what’s our secret and even if I would no one could under­stand it. Come here, join us, meet us and maybe you will under­stand our secret!

GT: How do you man­age to pre­serve these skills and atti­tude on such a high lev­el over the years?
Gabriele: Pas­sion, pas­sion, pas­sion. Did I say pas­sion? A lot of things help to pre­serve the atti­tude, but with­out pas­sion you can’t get any fur­ther.

The ele­phant Liotru at Duo­mo Square is the sym­bol of Cata­nia

GT: How many peo­ple can you host at your Ago­ra?
Gabriele: We can host 1200 peo­ple.

GT: How big is your orga­niz­ing team? And how is the atmos­phere in your team?
Gabriele: The Core Team is made of 12 peo­ple, the local helpers team is made of 30 peo­ple more or less.

GT: Which are the main things that still need to be final­ized in the next two months?
Gabriele: Not so many, 90% of the work has already been done.

The organ­is­ing team is wait­ing for you!

GT: What about logis­tics? Where will the par­tic­i­pants sleep, where will the Ago­ra take place, where will peo­ple eat — and how close are these places to each oth­er?
Gabriele: The Ago­ra will take place inside the Fair Cen­tre “Le Ciminiere” in the very heart of the city, close to the bus and train sta­tion and real­ly close to the bea… SPOILER!

GT: Which organ­i­sa­tion­al part gave you the biggest headache?
Gabriele: Def­i­nite­ly the facil­i­ty!

GT: Are there any spec­tac­u­lar venues for the open­ing and the par­ties? What can we expect at the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny? Any famous bands or guests?
Gabriele: As you said we are well known for our SUs… We love sur­pris­es, we love that big smile on your faces when we man­age to aston­ish you, this is was moti­vates us the most!

Teatro Mas­si­mo Belli­ni is one of many beaut­ful places in Cata­nia

GT: Are the par­ties close to the gym?
Gabriele: Par­ties will be very close to the facil­i­ty.

GT: What will be the par­ty top­ics?
Gabriele: Fol­low the Face­book page of Autumn Ago­ra Cata­nia for fur­ther updates, you will see!

GT: It will be a sum­mer and not autumn Ago­ra when you look at the weath­er. What will be the tem­per­a­ture dur­ing day and night?
Gabriele: We actu­al­ly want­ed to apply for the biggest Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty of AEGEE’s his­to­ry, but appar­ent­ly it’s not even an option! Jokes aside – it is going to be incred­i­bly sun­ny. You’ll love it!

Taste the local cui­sine with Mau­ro Sci­ac­ca and the rest of AEGEE-Cata­nia!

GT: Sici­ly is full of amaz­ing his­tor­i­cal sights. Will there be tours to some of them organ­ised by your anten­na, like for exam­ple in Moldo­va lasty year?
Gabriele: We want Cata­nia to be the des­ti­na­tion of your next hol­i­days after the Ago­ra, there will be city tours and oth­er cul­tur­al activ­i­ties!

GT: Which pre-events or post-events do you know of? And will your anten­na make one, too? I heard some­thing about a con­fer­ence…
Gabriele: AEGEE-Agri­gen­to, AEGEE-Berg­amo and AEGEE-Napoli will host three amaz­ing pre-events, we know noth­ing about any post-events. And yes, there might be a con­fer­ence, we’re still plan­ning it.

AEGEE-Agri­gen­to is organ­is­ing a great pre-event!

GT: How can peo­ple apply as helper?
Gabriele: The form to apply as helper is avail­able here:
us/. Every­body can apply!

Come to the Ago­ra and get this T-shirt!

GT: Can you tell us a few words about AEGEE-Cata­nia? How big is your anten­na, what are the main events that you organ­ise this year?
Gabriele: AEGEE-Cata­nia has more or less 90 mem­bers and except for the Ago­ra we are not plan­ning any event. There will be an SU next sum­mer for sure, but right now we are focus­ing on the Ago­ra.

GT: Any­thing else you would like to add?
Gabriele: Apply, apply, apply! You won’t regret it!

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