‘Reformaction’ gathered 4,700 young people in Geneva

Concerts, workshops, special events in a weekend festival co-organised by the Protestant state church and free evangelical entities.

Evangelical Focus

Reformaction 2017, Livenet.ch · GENEVA · 08 NOVEMBER 2017 · 12:53 CET

A pannel discussion at Reformaction youth festival in Geneva. / Reformaction,
A pannel discussion at Reformaction youth festival in Geneva. / Reformaction

Geneva, the city of Jean Calvin, one of the key Reformers alongside Martin Luther, hosted the big ‘Reformaction’ festival from 3-5 November.

According to the organisation, 4,700 young people attended the event. Most arrived in special trains and coaches from all over Switzerland. Hundreds slept the two nights in sport halls.


Participants arriving in Geneva. / Reformaction

The whole city in the South West of Switzerland became the scenario of dozens of activities.



A colourful opening ceremony was held at the public Parc des Bastions where the famous Reformation Monument is found.


The opening ceremony was held at the Reformation Monument in the city. / Reformaction

On the following day, 115 workshops were offered simultaneously to choose, in German, French, Italian and English. Topics focused on areas such as: history, arts, debate, etc.

In the afternoon, the Geneva Arena stadium hosted a “festival-on-stage”, with international speakers, artists, and band LZ7.


Switchfoot's show was one of the many special events during the weekend. / Reformaction

Later in the night, many events were happening in downtown Geneva, while popular rock band Switchfoot offered a show in the stadium.

On Sunday, ‘Reformaction’ closed with a special worship service in the St. Pierre cathedral, which was televised live on the Swiss public television.


The Sunday worship service during Reformaction. / Reformaction


“In an historical move the Reformed State Church of Switzerland is working together with evangelical churches and church organisations to bring together the young people of Switzerland for three days of celebration and giving glory to God!”, the organisers said on their website.


One of the main sessions of Reformaction. / Reformaction

Among the evangelical organisations taking part in ‘Reformaction’ were VBG (IFES in Switzerland), Campus for Christ, Vineyard and the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (RES-SEA).

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