BRYC (Barents Regional Youth Council), together with Nordland County Council and the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, hostined an international youth event titled Generation Barents. This side event aimed to create a platform for young people in the Barents region. We welcomed students, members of youth councils and youth organizations, young entrepreneurs and other interested youth (in the age group 18 – 30) to network, discuss and develop awareness around building the future of the Barents Region.

Generation Barents QR codeParticipation included admission to a full day seminar and lunch on April 21st, and a VIP evening program on the Norwegian Aviation Museum on April 20th, with live concert by Katarina Barruk, one of Sápmi’s most talented live artists. The young Bodø-band Pure Instinct was her warm-up band.


Part 1 – Introduction: Get to know the Barents Region

09:00 – 09:30: Coffee & registration
09:30 – 10:00: Welcome speeches
10:00 – 11:30: Panel discussion with enthusiasts from the Barents Youth Cooperation
11:30 – 12:15: Lunch.
Lunch will be served at the conference venue.

Part 2 – Active communities in the North

12:15 – 12:30: Introduction: “Youth Participation in political processes”
12:30 – 13:20: Active communities in the North – Looking for solutions.
13:20 – 13:30: Break
13:30 – 14:15: European Capitals of Culture in the Barents
14:15-14:30: Break

Part 3 – Opportunities and tools

14:30 – 16:20: Parallel workshops
16:20 – 16:30: Break

Part 4 – Wrap up: “Barents is fun!”

16:30 – 16:40: Summary and thoughts about the future
16:40 – 16:50: Presentation: “political role play” by European youth parliament
16:50 – 17:00: Wrap-up

Generation Barents is a side event of the High North Dialogue Conference, which is an annual conference aiming to bring together major stakeholders in Arctic development. The purpose of the conference is to encourage and facilitate dialogue between stakeholders to promote sustainable development in the Arctic, as well as information sharing and discussion of best practice.

Generation Barents is hosted by Barents Regional Youth Council, The Norwegian Barents Secretariat and Nordland County Council. Our partners are Bodø2024, Regional Council of North Karelia region, Regional Council of Kainuu and Västerbotten County Administrative Board.

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Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact:
Eilen Zakariassen, Nordland County Council
M:+47 977 76 794

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