The first phase of applications for the Youth Festival ended on February 5th. All the applications received after this date will be analised according to the existing availability of venues and schedule.
Application form here. Information on the conditions of participation and selection criteria can be found here.
It is a set of cultural, religious, and sporting events, carried out by WYD pilgrims, in a sharing of the Christian experience made by young people from all over the world, the result of their creativity and generosity!
The Youth Festival wants to provide WYD pilgrims and the city of Lisbon with an experience of joy, youth, universality, and faith, showing that the Catholic Church is a lively and young church, capable of using today’s languages and art forms without compromising the message that they want to transmit.
At the Youth Festival you can find events in the areas of Music, Cinema, Exhibitions, Theatre, Dance, Conferences and Religious Events (prayers, testimonies, adoration, meetings conducted by Movements, Associations and Congregations).
From the 1st to the 6th of August, throughout the day, excluding the times dedicated to Rise Up and Central Events.
Throughout the city of Lisbon, on stages and outdoor spaces, but also in indoor spaces (auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, museums, exhibitions spaces, churches), provided by public and private entities that generously want to associate themselves with WYD.
Young people from all over the world present their projects and, if selected, will be part of the official program of the Youth Festival.
The final program of the Youth Festival will be available as soon as possible on the WYD Lisbon 2023 website.
All the events will be free.
“Sport is a universal language that transcends borders, languages, races, religions, and ideologies. It has the ability to bring people together, encourage dialogue and acceptance. It is a precious resource!”– Pope Francis
The Youth Festival will feature Football and Beach Volleyball tournaments, whose registration will open in 2023. With joy and friendship, we will put energy and fairplay on the field!
The joy of the Youth Festival will not be limited to the streets of Lisbon! In the host cities and towns, local groups will be able to organize events to be included in the ALL ARROUND Youth Festival program. An opportunity to share with the pilgrims staying there, and with the local population, through the culture and religion typical of our country, and to get to know the talents of those who came from all over the world to participate in WYD.