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55 years of the card in the Netherlands
On November 17, our member organisation in the Netherlands - CJP - celebrated their 55th anniversary. From the very beginning, CJP has worked to make culture fun, interesting and affordable for young people. 55 years later, CJP stays young and creative, offering young people exclusive cultural experiences in addition to hundreds of discounts at the best cultural institutions in the country.

CJP Serves and CJP Exclusive are two programmes aiming to pique young people's interest in culture and make it easy for them to enjoy the best events. To do this, the CJP team works with the biggest film festivals and museums in the Netherlands to create unique experiences for their cardholders. The events also help to build a community of young people who share a love of culture

For instance, CJP has teamed up with FOAM, a renowned photography museum in Amsterdam, to offer cardholders exclusive photography seminars several times a year. Young people can join the workshops to learn more about the art of photography and to practice and improve their skills. Similar projects have been developed with other museums across the country.

Film festivals are another opportunity to offer unique cultural experiences. CJP works with all the major film festivals to organise special events for cardholders. The team makes a selection of the best films in the festival, invites the filmmakers to attend the screenings and arranges for Q&A sessions with the audience. It all makes for an unforgettable experience for cardholders. The next event of the series will take place in January, in partnership with the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Young creatives in the spotlight
BILL is the youth card dedicated to the young people of the Flemish community in Belgium. The card has a strong cultural mission, going beyond the consumption of culture to encourage young people to create their own work.

Apart from providing many discounts on cultural events and institutions, BILL works to connect young people with opportunities to develop their talent and creativity and celebrates their achievements. 

Creative Workshops
BILL organises creative workshops where young people can learn about photography, digital journalism, lifestyle journalism, documentary making, etc. The best part is that they practice by creating their own work, with very impressive
The aim of the workshops is to introduce young people to a wide variety of culture in a very fun way that allows them to express themselves. 

BILL Awards
Launched in 2015, the BILL Awards aim to highlight the great amount of creative talent in Flanders and Brussels. BILL nominated 16 young creatives in 4 categories: hear, see, speak and do. This year the awards went to a young dancer and theatre performer, an up and coming hip hop artist, an amazing shoe designer and a fearless slam poet. 
Speaking about the event, Stephanie Berger, BILL Director, stated: “It was so interesting to see how each young creative interprets creativity in their own unique way. We are looking back at a successful edition, where we reached a lot of young people in Flanders and Brussels.” 
Young art gets a boost from the card
In 2016 the Youth Card in the Balearic Islands has teamed up with the largest competition for young talent in the region - Art Jove - to help reward and encourage the artists of this Spanish community.

Art Jove is an initiative of the government of the Balearic Islands covering various forms of art, including visual arts, music, theater, photography, literature, design, architecture and cinematography.

As an Art Jove partner, Carnet Jove promotes the programme to young people, supports all the Art Jove events such as exhibitions or theatre performances and provides the card to all participants in the competition. In addition, the Youth Card team has worked specifically in certain categories of the competition to generate more visibility for the winners. For instance, the finalists of the music category had the opportunity to perform during the annual Carnet Jove boat party. Being part of one of the most popular events for young people gave the young musicians a great platform to launch their careers.

The collaboration is set to continue and expand in 2017. 
Building confidence for young writers
In October the Youth Card in Andorra launched the Carnet Jove Experiences - a set of events aiming to help young people find their passion and build a successful career. While the first two events looked at entrepreneurship and the influencer phenomenon, the final event saw a 25-year-old writer share her success story and encourage other young writers to follow their dream.

In front of an audience of young people, Laia Soler spoke about "How to write one, two, three books and not die trying". Aged only 25, the young writer has an impressive track record already, having published three novels to date. Laia spoke about her rising career, her writing process, her new book and about how to conquer the fears and turn a talent and a passion into a career.

The event was free for all young people and a treat for those who love literature.
Happy Holidays!
With this last newsletter of 2016, we are sending you our very best wishes for a happy holiday season.

Thank you for staying tuned to EYCA, for taking an interest in our work and supporting us. We hope 2017 will be a great year for empowering young Europeans and opening up a world of opportunities for them. 

Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!
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