Local Genfests were held not only in Manila but also in some countries worldwide, with similar experiences for youths of all latitudes and cultures. Here are some of them.[more]
Tommaso Carrieri is co-founder of Non Dalla Guerra (“Not from war”). He spoke of his work for peace to 6,000 young people attending Genfest 2018 in Manila.[more]
Letter from a young inmate to the young people at Genfest2018. “Even behind bars you can live for a united world, by trying to love and serve everybody.”[more]
One of the seven workshops that were held in Tagaytay, the town of the Focolare in the Philippines, after Genfest 2018 in Manila. A thousand young people attended to deepen among many others, the themes of Economy, Ecology, Sociology and other choices in life.[more]
God’s ways are unforeseen, as we all know. And it could happen when one comes face to face with him in prison, when one reaches rock bottom. It’s the story of Pancho.
In Manila, Philippines, from 6 to 8 July, the Genfest 2018 edition entitled “Beyond all Borders” took place. See the video summary produced by the Collegamento CH team.
Genfest, an international youth festival generally held every 6 years, will take place for the first time outside Europe. This time it will be in Asia, in the Philippines. The theme and title for Genfest 2018 is BEYOND ALL BORDERS. “Beyond all borders” by Simon Deregowski © 2018 Youth for a United World -Focolare Movement.
This year’s edition of the Genfest will be held for the first time outside Europe, in the Philippines. The Gen, the young people of the Focolare share their vision for it: “Our wish is that hope will extend out to the whole world from Manila, a seed that will grow into a tree.” “We want to build relationships based on universal brotherhood in order to transform the society around us”. The project “Hands for Humanity” will be launched during the event.
While the Italian national Genfest phase is now underway in preparation for the international Genfest in Manila, we are publishing the memoirs of Umberto Giannettoni, a direct witness to the first youth festival held in Loppiano in1971.[more]
“An ideal that makes history” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, 20 thousand young people from both Eastern and Western Europe and other parts of the world, come together for the first time.[more]
On May 17, 1980, 40,000 young people from around were gathered at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome, Italy. On May 18th, they met in Saint Peter’s Square with Pope John Paul II. Below is Patrizia’s recount of her first Genfest.[more]
If suffering is an integral part of existence, almost intertwined in the flesh of humanity, can we still believe and hope? This is the question that Sara from the Philippines asked God. Her touching reflection before the audience gathered at the Genfest in Manila.[more]
The story of Jaime Sayas from El Salvador as he told it at the World Trade Centre in Manila. In a country that has become very dangerous with rampant delinquency, he and other young people got to work at building peace in their local environment.[more]
From Genfest in Manila, the story told by Noé from Mexico and Josef from California. They’re friends beyond the wall that separates their countries.[more]