European Region Section

Events in Europe

UPDATED JUNE 16, 2016

Belgium (be.UWPaa)
The first General Assembly was held on Saturday 4 June. We had a motivated crowd of people thinking about different subjects like “How to increase the number of Belgian alumni in the association,” “What activities should we organize?” and “How to create a healthy financial organization”. Everybody interested in joining the association or the key team, you’re more than welcome to join us.

Denmark (UWP Alumni Denmark)
We just had an amazing event in Tivoli, Copenhagen with many alumni. Hopefully this will be the start of a bright future for a new Danish alumni association. All interested, let us know.

Italy (UWP Italian Alumni)
We are looking back at a wonderful EAM in Rome and we also just had a third successful reunion of Sing Out Genova with about 30 people.

Finland (FUWPAA)
Our focus is to also recruit new students for future casts. At Faces Etnofestival in Fiskars on August 6 - 7, we will have a recruiting booth. FUWPAA will have a visit to the Raseborg Summer Theater (at a date to be announced later) in the beginning of July to see “The Sound of Music.” A big focus is to help set up the UWP three city cast tour next fall with as many alumni as possible.

Switzerland (UWPSAA)
The general assembly will be held 21 - 23 October.

We organize our first Swiss Alumni Meeting in Rüdlingen (SH) from October 21-23. A fun weekend including the General Assembly of our club is a great opportunity to meet alumni from whole Switzerland and abroad. We booked a whole house for ourselves and it’s also great for families and non-alumni to join. Find the program attached. If you register and pay before August 31 you have an early-bird discount for each registration.

 

Germany (Alumni Vereinigung UWP Deutschland)
We are celebrating 50 years of Sing Out Germany from September 16 – 18, 2016. The General Assembly will be held in Wolfsburg from 30 September – 3 October.

Sweden (SUWPAA)
We looked back at a very successful tour of Cast A2016 and are preparing the tour for Cast B2016. We are having the highest numbers of alumni being reconnected as members of SUWPAA, their FB group, etc., due to the very efficient actions the Swedish board is taking.

Estonia (Chamber of Goodwill)
Cast B2016 will have their last city and show of their tour in Tallinn November 28-December 6, 2016. The Estonian alumni are working hard to create a wonderful end of semester for the students. At the same time, there will be the TAD (Triangle Alumni Date) where all alumni are welcome to have a wonderful December city trip, enjoying Christmas market, visiting Tallinn, seeing the last show of Cast B2016, and connecting with your fellow European alumni.

The Netherlands (AlumNet)
August 27 is Beach Day in Scheveningen and we have launched registrations for EAMsterdam 28 – 30 April 2017 on www.uwpeam.com.

Europe / Middle East / Africa regional report

Jerko Bozikovic (‘87A), Belgium, Regional Representative: Europe/Middle East/Africa

We are in exciting times in Europe. On one hand, there are awful things happening on our continent like the Paris and the Brussels attacks, hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their homelands, hoping to find peace, safety and a new life in our countries. They are not always welcomed with open arms by some people. On the other hand, there is a movement of awareness, wanting to change the old patterns and create a new way of living together. It is in this energy that UWP is blooming in Europe.

The casts have a very high number of European students, the interviews are amongst the highest, too, especially of those who are accepted and then actually end up traveling .

The EAM in Rome was very successful and the Amsterdam team is already organizing the EAMsterdam for April 28-30, 2017. Alumni associations and clubs have never been so vibrant and alive. The Belgians held their first general assembly during the Celebrate 50 in Brussels and communication on the different country Facebook accounts is very lively.

Since it is our aim to connect a maximum of alumni, we started three new FB groups:

France: There are several French alumni, but there are also many non-French alumni living in Paris and other places in France. On Facebook, Up with People alumni France www.facebook.com/groups/1571006589864240/?fref=ts

Ireland: We have several very motivated Irish alumni in Ireland and abroad, so let’s connect them and see if one day we can go back to Ireland to organize an event. On Facebook, Up with People alumni Ireland www.facebook.com/groups/1087810781285443/?fref=ts

United Kingdom: There are not that many alumni from the UK, but there are a lot of non-UK alumni living in London and other cities in the UK. How about connecting all those people, too? On Facebook, Up with People alumni UK www.facebook.com/groups/1814620812091622/?fref=ts

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get all these locals together, but also the ex-pats living in these places? How about all of us traveling and getting together with some locals for a drink? And wouldn’t it be wonderful if one day we can organize an EAM or other reunions in these places, or even help UWP go back?

So if you know alumni from France, Ireland or the UK living there or others living there, get them connected on the FB groups.

Bienvenue and welcome back French, Irish and United Kingdom alumni!

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