The 20th Adras Youth Festival, which will take place in Orestiada on the Greek side of the Turkish-Greek border between the 22nd and the 27th of July, will be an ideal opportunity to promote EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail in this cross-border region. Young people attending the event from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece will be invited to cycle along the route that follows the borders which used to separate them during the Cold War.
During the festival, a series of promotional events related to the Iron Curtain Trail will be organised by the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki, which is the Greek National EuroVelo Coordination Center (NECC), together with the Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence*. The aim of the events is to gather young people from different countries and to give them the opportunity to discover a part of the shared histories of their neighbouring countries by bike.
Under the framework of “Cycling in Ardas River: Sustainable mobility along newest EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail cycling route”, two main events will take place:
– On Wednesday 23rd July 2014, cyclists from Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey will have the opportunity to join a bike ride along EuroVelo 13. Risos Cycling Association located in Orestiada (Greece) and EDOSK sports club association from Edirne (Turkey), as well as other organisations from Bulgaria and Turkey will contribute to make the event a success.
– Between Thursday 24th July and Sunday 27th July 2014, cycling trips along the Ardas River will be promoted and the social cooperative enterprise “Greenways” will by present all day providing advice and tips for cyclists and free bicycle technical assistance. Furthermore the organisation will rent bicycles (for free!) in order to let young people enjoy the river by bike.
The events are an opportunity to discover the route of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail in this region, which has recently been incorporated into the EuroVelo 13 route. The project is supported by the European Parliament and the European Cyclists Federation;whilst the Prefecture of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace are observers.
More information about the event can be found at: http://www.antigone.gr/gr/projects/project/3/description/ and http://ict13gr.blogspot.gr/ (in Greek only) and here http://eurovelo.gr/en/eurovelo13/services/cycle-events/ (in English)
More information about cycling the Iron Curtain Trail can be found here.
*The Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence is the Greek partner of the Interreg South East Europe Programme “Sustainable mobility along the new EuroVelo route: The Iron Curtain Trail” project.