The “Night of the Seven Antennae” in Leiden
It’s the 7th of March 1986. Seven European cities are connected by a satellite link, making their own “Eurovision show” with prominent political guests, music performances and interviews. This was the event that really established AEGEE as an organization externally and it is still seen as one of the most legendary events in AEGEE history. Now, almost 30 years later, we are celebrating AEGEE’s 30th birthday and it is time to repeat this legendary event!
The Night of the Seven Antennae 2015 takes place in Aachen, Bergamo, Catania, Eskisehir, Kyiv, Sofia and Leiden, the 17th until the 19th of April. In Leiden, we have one more reason to celebrate. Because we are one of the founding locals of AEGEE, it is our 30th birthday too! Therefore, we have filled our programme with lots of festive and interesting activities for you to attend! We kick off our event with an Opening Ceremony in which amongst others the mayor of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, will welcome all the participants to the beautiful city of Leiden. A city you will be able to explore during the event, for example during the city tour and the tour of the historic Leiden University Garden. To really start the celebration of our birthday in the best way, we will also have a “Dutch Royal Party” Friday night.
The main theme of the event in Leiden is “The Future of Europe and the European Integration Project.” On Saturday, the main thematic day, we will have different Expert Meetings in which experts will highlight different aspects of the topic. For example, we have a meeting about the democratic legitimacy of the EU, one about security policies in Europe and a panel discussion with politicians. Most importantly, the Broadcasting Evening in which all seven cities will be connected also takes place Saturday evening.
On Sunday, we will end our event with a celebrative champagne brunch and birthday cake, accompanied by some live music performed by our members. For people who can’t get enough of the event and want to stay until Monday, we offer an additional program Sunday during which we will visit Amsterdam
The Night of the Seven Antennae events are organised with support of the “Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri” (AAFB). The AAFB is an organization dedicated to spreading the ideas and intellectual heritage of the founder of AEGEE, Franck Biancheri. We are honoured to welcome two of the members of the AAFB to our event this April: Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Philippe Portalier. They will tell us all about Franck Biancheri’s ideas. Also, we will have a discussion about how we could implement those ideas in the future and the role that AEGEE as an organization could play in this mission.
Philippe Portalier is one of the founding members of the AAFB and has a special connection with Leiden, being the city where he met Franck Biancheri for the first time.
All in all, the Night of the Seven Antennae is a repetition of one of the most legendary events in AEGEE history: you can’t miss it! You are most welcome to join us and experience this special event in Leiden.