Wednesday 28 December 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017.
Coming early as a helper
We need a good number of volunteer helpers to arrive on 26 December. You can help in various ways:
welcoming people who arrive on 28 December;
work teams (meal distribution, cleaning, preparing the places of prayer, etc.);
supporting the organising group in a local church or other host centre;
singing in the choir (please indicate on your registration).
Those who arrive on the 26 December take part fully in the programme of the meeting from 28 December onwards.
N.B. Young adults arriving on 28 December can also help in work teams or the choir.
The European Meetings are for young adults between the ages of 17 and 35.
Young people under 18
Young people aged under 18 must bring with them a form giving written parental authorisation. The form names a leader (who should be 18-35 years old) to be legally responsible for them during the meeting.
Please check whether authorisation is needed for leaving your home country as well.
16 year olds
16 is the minimum age for participants. 16-year-olds must arrive on 28 December and be accompanied by a leader (one male leader for each two boys and one female leader for each two girls). These leaders remain with the 16-year-olds throughout the meeting and will be given accommodation in the same place.
Adults over 35 and families
European Meetings are not intended for adults over 35, unless they are leading a group of young people. Adults over 35 and families with children are warmly invited to come to Taizé instead. For information, please see these pages: meetings for adults and meetings for families.
Accommodation will be either with those who live in the city and surrounding region or in different group accommodation places (i.e. in church halls, schools, etc.) Everyone should bring a camping mat and a sleeping bag. Young adults with disabilities should register by 1 November so that appropriate accommodation can be found.
If you already have accommodation
In the spirit of the pilgrimage of trust we encourage you to let yourself be welcomed by the local residents, getting to know people that you do not know already. But if you have already organised your own accommodation during the meeting, it is essential that you include the address of where you are staying on the registration form. You should also still come to the welcome in order to register for the meeting and receive the programme, tickets, etc, explaining that you have your own accommodation. Your hosts should contact the nearest participating church and explain that you will take part there during the meeting.
Your contribution covers meals, local transport, the hire of the meeting places, equipment, and other costs of the meeting. The level of contribution varies according to the cost of living in different countries.
The requested contributions are
UK and Ireland: €75 (young adults), €115 (adults over 35)
Other English-speaking countries: please contact us.
Young adults arriving on 26 December contribute the same amount. If older adults are leading a youth group, they can contribute the same amount as young adults.
How to make your contribution
It is easiest for us if you give your contribution online by credit card through your registration form, a few days before the meeting. But please note that we cannot make refunds.
If you need to use another way to send us your contribution in advance, please contact meetings taize.fr.
If necessary, your contribution can be given on arrival. If you intend doing this, each participant should prepare the exact amount, in Euros, in advance.
N.B. If you need a receipt for your records, it is essential to ask at the time when you give your contribution.
Journey and preparation
Plan to arrive on the morning of 28 December between 8 am and 12 noon, or before 3 pm on 26 December. We cannot welcome you on 25 or 27 December!
Departure on 1 January: groups leaving by coach should fix their departure time for 4 pm or later.
Preparation material will be published on the Taizé website over the course of the next months.
On Facebook you will find news and photos of the preparation in various countries.
Registration deadline: 1 December.
Leaders of groups should register as early as possible (before 1 November) with an initial estimate of the number they will be bringing. Further details can be added as people sign up.
The registration deadline has passed. It is now too late to register.