WELCOME TO PARADISE

Our world has not said its last word, it can change, and the best is yet to come. Our dream is to see young people renewed, following Christ, in the world and for the world.

The heart of our mission is not to organise a festival but to create moments that can generate a movement. The WYD in Lisbon in 2023 will be our next moment.

We will live it in three stages: the Welcome to Paradise Festival in Portimão as a pre-World Youth Day event; then the WYD week in Lisbon; and finally, a post-WYD retreat in silence.

Our dream is to see the development of a movement that puts Christ at the centre, for the unity of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

WELCOME TO PARADISE

Our world has not said its last word, it can change, and the best is yet to come. Our dream is to see young people renewed, following Christ, in the world and for the world.

The heart of our mission is not to organise a festival but to create moments that can generate a movement. The WYD in Lisbon in 2023 will be our next moment.

We will live it in three stages: the Welcome to Paradise Festival in Portimão as a pre-World Youth Day event; then the WYD week in Lisbon; and finally, a post-WYD retreat in silence.

Our dream is to see the development of a movement that puts Christ at the centre, for the unity of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

THE FESTIVAL IN A FEW WORDS

26 July – 1 August, Portimão

  • An “à la carte” Festival in the city of Portimão, on the south coast of Portugal. We want to enable everyone to take one more step with Christ.
  • Changemakers, the COP 21 of Christians: for 300 young people at the heart of the Festival, to face the challenges of our time together and with the Holy Spirit.
  • The AMA show, a troupe of 200 young artists from all over the world brought together by an inspired and inspiring project. #Share the Joy!

WELCOME TO PARADISE IS...

  • An “à la carte” Festival in the city of Portimão, on the south coast of Portugal. We want to enable everyone to take one more step with Christ.
  • Changemakers, the COP 21 of Christians: for 300 young people at the heart of the Festival, to face the challenges of our time together and with the Holy Spirit.
  • The AMA show, a troupe of 200 young artists from all over the world brought together by an inspired and inspiring project. #Share the Joy!

THINK DIFFERENT

At Welcome to Paradise, we value diversity and unity, encounters and reconciliation. We will be 4000 young people from 40 countries and 20 Christian churches to move forward in “Reconciled Diversity”. The proposals will involve people from different churches to receive the richness of our respective traditions.

PORTIMÃO WELCOMES US

This seaside city on the south coast of Portugal is known for having the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. The Festival will take place around the large Arena near the city centre, and throughout the city for sports and workshops… not forgetting the beach, of course!

PORTIMÃO WELCOMES US

This seaside city on the south coast of Portugal is known for having the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. The Festival will take place around the large Arena near the city centre, and throughout the city for sports and workshops… not forgetting the beach, of course!

COMING AS A DELEGATION

It is possible to come to the Festival as a delegation (diocese, prayer group, youth movement, local church…). A close collaboration allows each delegation to be welcomed in a special way and to benefit from the expertise of Chemin Neuf: logistics, secretarial tools, communication materials, etc.

The most important is to prepare a common spirit between all the participants of the Festival.

WYD 37 IN LISBON

At the end of the Festival, all participants travel to Lisbon to attend the WYD opening mass.

It is possible to find Welcome to Paradise in Lisbon! We will animate a church in the city centre: retreat in the city, discipleship school, permanent welcome…

We will also propose several highlights in the streets and on the official podiums: worship concert, AMA show, Play Party for 16–18-year-olds, big prayer vigil for unity and peace.

JOIN THE YEAR OF PREPARATION

Imagine 20 over-motivated young people, living together in Paris, Lyon and Portimão, with a single objective: to prepare the most unforgettable event of their generation.

The Festival is recruiting! All talents are welcome to join our teams: communication, graphic design, logistics, animations, fundraising, artistic creation…

This year is also a great opportunity to deepen your faith and discover your future best buddies!

Leave us a message below to find out more.

JOIN THE YEAR OF PREPARATION

Imagine 20 over-motivated young people, living together in Paris, Lyon and Portimão, with a single objective: to prepare the most unforgettable event of their generation.

The Festival is recruiting! All talents are welcome to join our teams: communication, graphic design, logistics, animations, fundraising, artistic creation…

This year is also a great opportunity to deepen your faith and discover your future best buddies!

Leave us a message below to find out more.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Welcome to Paradise Festival: 26 July-1 August 2023

(AMA show: from 20 July)

  • WYD in Lisbon: 1-6 August 2023
  • Retreat in silence: 7-12 August 2023

It depends on the country of origin. For France, it is 180 euros. This price includes accommodation, food and activities for the Welcome to Paradise Festival in Portimão.

The cost of the WYD in Lisbon is not yet known. Transport between Portimão and Lisbon may be subject to an additional charge.

We will organise buses from several major European cities.

Accommodation will be with local people, in gyms or schools.

Registration for the Welcome To Paradise Festival will open in autumn 2022.

The event is intended for young people aged 18 to 30. However, under certain conditions, participants are accepted from 16 years old. Please contact us for more information.

The delegation leader has a special access to manage the registration of his/her group. Registration for the Lisbon WYD is done separately. Delegations can organise their own transport.

It is possible to find Welcome to Paradise in Lisbon! We will animate a church in the city centre: retreat in the city, discipleship school, permanent welcome…

We will also propose several highlights in the streets and on the official podiums: worship concert, AMA show, Play Party for 16–18-year-olds, big prayer vigil for unity and peace.