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The theme of this year's annual event is cultural diversity in the Barents Region. The BRYC Annual Event 2018: Across Cultures will take place in Kirkenes (Norway) on the 8th-11th of November 2018. It will gather around 60 young participants (ages 16-30) from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Since Finnmark County currently holds the chairmanship of the Barents Regional Council, BRYC has chosen Kirkenes, Finnmark, to be the main location of the annual event. 

This year's event is devoted to cultural diversity, represented in 5 Barents cultures: the Nowegian, Russian, Swedish, Finnish and Indigenous. Participants of the event will be able to explore each of these cultures by taking part in our "culture games", a physical adventure game based off the popular Escape Room concept, where teams solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete an objective. The aim is to give the participants a better understanding of our diverse cultures, but also our similarities and how we can work together towards our common interests. An eventful weekend filled with plenary sessions, interactive workshops, lectures and fun social activities is promised.

During their stay in Kirkenes, the participants will take part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Barents Cooperation, and discuss its relevance for the young population of the Barents Region. ​The BEAC Joint Working Group on Youth (JWGY) will also take part in the event. During the first day of the event, BRYC will organize a plenary meeting between the participants and the JWGY. The purpose of this is to create a stronger regional link between youth and the senior officials in each region/country, and discuss how BRYC and JWGY can collaborate more closely. 



The event is open to youth in the Barents Region aged between 16 and 30, who are interested in meeting with youths from different parts of the Barents Region and learning more about themselves, and borders in general.



  • BRYC covers all costs involved in participating in the event.
  • The event will take place at Scandic Kirkenes.
  • Preliminary travel arrangements by the BRYC national coordinators (BRYC Board). 8 and 11 November are travel days.



If you want to join BRYC's annual event, please fill in the application form, which can be found on our ANNUAL EVENT WEBSITE. The deadline for registration is October 15th.



If you have questions regarding the annual event, please check out our event website, contact your national BRYC coordinator, or reach out to us directly. 

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See you in Kirkenes!

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