The ECP Y N is a network of cultural practitioners between the ages of 20 and 35 based in Europe. It is an extended branch of the European Cultural Parliament and created within its framework. The founders and members of the Y N are united by a common interest in boosting the value of arts and culture and strengthening European cohesion.
After eight sessions of the ECP a need was felt to open the unique pan-European forum for the next generation of cultural actors who could add new perspectives.
A group of young artists and cultural experts was then invited to the 9th session of the ECP in Athens in 2010 with a view to testing the idea of creating a new youth network within the framework of the ECP. A workshop was held where a potential development of the youth network was discussed. Very soon a core group of committed people was established.
The core group members come from many different countries: Sabina Baciu (Romania), Agnieszka Cichocka (Poland), Stephanie Gaillard (UK), Antje Kohlrusch (Germany), Susan Lahesalu (Estonia), Judit Plana Jansana (Spain/UK), Johanna Suo (Sweden/France/UK), Steven Walter (Germany/USA), Stephania Xydia (Greece).
In order to pursue the aims of the YN it was agreed to create the National Networks (NNs). With united expertise it was considered that the YN would achieve a stronger voice towards decision makers on a national and international level.
The ECP YN met for the first time on October 12 and 13 in Pécs with sessions both at the House for arts and literature and also at the Kodály Centre. Beside the core group, six already developed NNs from Germany, Poland, Greece, Estonia, Romania and Hungary took part in the session.
This first session had double goals; the first to produce content to a recommendation for the new EU Cultural budget 2014-2020 and also to evaluate and develop the YN and the NNs.