• Keeping up with the digital revolution

  • Calling for a fair share

  • Working out for a stronger Europe

  • Staying alive in turbulent times

  • Protecting our planet

  • Cultural Programme

Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.

Dean Kamen

The world is changing and technology is playing a huge part in shaping our every-day life. But, are things moving so quickly that we can't keep up? The ability to access technology has become increasingly important to completely engage in the economic, political, and social aspects of modern life. From education and the labour market to relationships and communication, the digital revolution is affecting every facet of our existences. The line between human interactions and technological interactions is becoming blurred.

This advancement in technology generally evokes a wide range of contradictory emotions in people.  Some view technology as the great evil that will question our humanity, while others view it as a way to bring people closer together and to help solve some of our greatest challenges. But is this too simplistic? Can we answer such a nuanced question so easily? 

If we look into this dilemma we are faced with a lot of existential questions. Can we all equally access technology? Who is being left behind? What can we do to bridge the digital divide? Is public policy able to keep up with the pace of the digital revolution? How is technology changing our education and the future of work? And how is technology affecting our relationships and mental health? 

We need to look for ideas today to prepare for tomorrow. Join us at Yo!Fest 2018 to discuss the digital revolution in an increasingly less analogue world.

We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.

Nelson Mandela

Unequal wealth distribution, globalisation, cheap labour and urban-centricism are having an impact on the lives of young people across Europe. Young people across Europe are trying to build a brighter future, but what role do education, employment, community and governments play in this process?

Socially vulnerable, marginalised and excluded young people are to be found everywhere in Europe. Progress has been made but many young Europeans still feel that our societies are far from creating positive social and working conditions for everyone. With the most highly educated and highly skilled generation ever, how can young people still be struggling for their independence?

Inequality is not only a threat to economic growth but above all to social cohesion and understanding of our communities.

How do we remove discrimination from wealth distribution? How can we build a system that understands and tackles inequalities? How can we build a fairer society that offers an equal chance to everybody? And how can we make sure young Europeans have an equal playing field?

At Yo!Fest 2018 we'll be talking about the new (and old) ideas that may be a solution to some of the equality issues being faced across the Union. From the gig economy, the sharing economy and home-grown innovation to universal basic income and democratic rights.

Speaking from my experience as a person involved for a long time in building the European Union, it is important to have patience and efforts to build a community of nations

Giorgio Napolitano

The world is changing and it's time to ask ourselves if politics should too. Young people may be turning away from traditional political platforms, but that does not mean that we are apolitical. We are engaging in brave new forms of political participation, we are breaking away from party politics, uniting outside of institutions, and focusing on the issues to make a change: the political identities of young people are evolving.

At a time when party politics is becoming less relevant to young people, does Europe need to change its approach? With the world of politics and public opinion changing, is this our opportunity to transform the way politics is done to ensure the voices and experiences of young Europeans are being heard at the highest levels? Are European institutions working for young people? Are decisions makers really aware the diverse experiences of young Europeans? 

At Yo!Fest 2018 we'll be bringing young people together with world leaders, decision-makers, influencers and politicians to make sure everyone's voice is listened to.

You actually cannot sell the idea of freedom, democracy, diversity, as if it were a brand attribute and not reality -- not at the same time as you're bombing people, you can't.

Naomi Klein

We’re facing challenges on a global level. From the migration crisis to international terrorism: communities are becoming divided and populism is on the rise. This intense period of crisis provides an opportunity to revisit key questions about what Europe is and what it stands for.

However, moments of crises also reveal tensionsat all levels: individually, collectively, nationally and internationally. We read the news and the European dream seems to be under threat. From Brexit and separatist movements to the rise of alt-right groups and anti-immigration sentiments, Europe's crisis of confidence is having serious consequences.

The rejection of politics as usual is finding powerful echoes across Europe, creating, on the one hand, the rise of populism, and on the other, the spread of alternative forms of political participation.  Who is going to fill Europe’s ideological vacuum?

What role can young people play in protecting the European ideology, democracy and territorial unity? How can we build a more integrated Europe where everyone is welcome? How can challenge racism and have a honest and informed discussion about migration? How do we reconnect citizens and ensure young people aren’t being forgotten along the way? And how can we become part of the solution to reduce conflict and bring peace?

Join us Yo!Fest 2018 where you can hear from some of the greatest minds in the world of international development and speak to decision makers about your experience of staying alive in turbulent times.

You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.

Vandana Shiva

We all have to face-up to the realisation that we need to bring about change in order to protect our planet for future generations. We are left with a glaring choice: allow climate disruption to transform our world, or change everything about our economic system to avoid catastrophe. With floods, draughts, climate refugees and mass extinction, the planet is sending us a message: are we ready to listen?

Is Europe ready for individual and collective climate change action? Collectively, Europe is starting to tackle pollution and promote greener energy.  Individually, people across the Union are increasingly changing their patterns of consumption, reducing waste to shift to a more carbon neutral lifestyle.

What steps can we take now to ensure future generations have a healthy and clean environment to nurture? Do we need to look at alternative economic models and measures of wellbeing that can help us look at our societies differently? Can Europe take a leading role in international negotiations on climate? How can we choose and promote sustainability and ethical production and consumption? How is technology changing the way we address environmental issues? How can we inspire people around the globe to take an interest in environmental issues and how do we ensure young people’s voices are heard in the process?

Join us at Yo!Fest to talk about the pressing issues and what we can all do to ensure we are protecting our planet.

Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you and good night.

A. J. McLean

Cultural Programme

Yo!Fest 2018 takes its cultural programme to new heights for this edition. Participants will be exposed to new ways of thinking about creativity, arts and culture. Activities will include participative theatre shows, jam sessions, live painting and movie screenings.

Evening Programme

After a day of debates and workshops there is nothing better than enjoying our concerts and evening programme. Friday night, funky Chameleon Mime and Belgian duo Juicy will take us back to the golden years of RnB and open for the British sensation Ella Eyre! Winners of the Emerging Bands Contest Dudes Of Groove Society, Al'York and The Rising Sun will play across the two days of the festival! Be ready to put your dancing shows on!