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Friday 29th of May : Invite your neighbours for an “apéro” !

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Friday 29th of May : “Immeuble en fête

The 15th edition of Neighbours’ Day was an International success and since its launch in Paris in 2000, the festival continues to rise and in fact it has far exceeded the European borders. The party is now celebrated around the world by millions of people – 1400 partner cities, housing organizations and associations are participating in over 36 countries with more than 20 million participants!

The impressive development of Neighbours’ Day is living proof that the desire to promote a “better living together” has no borders!

This year’s appointment will be on FRIDAY 29th OF MAY 2015.

Each year, the Neighbours’ Day keep growing with new partners. The celebration is the opportunity to reconnect with the values of solidarity, brotherhood and friendship that should be at the furefront of neighborly relations.

home_fond immeuble en fete

Why?

All over Europe, individualism, withdrawal into oneself and loneliness, are on the rise. Everywhere social bonds are growing loose. Each resident is invited to make a simple gesture at the same time throughout Europe. To invite your neighbours to share a nice time around a buffet or a luncheon, enhances social cohesion and creates new solidarities.

Goal

Through this exchange among residents, the sharing of experiences and good practices, this event gives to citizens the opportunity to interact with each other. This party enables them to participate in an ever closer and more human European community

How?

It is a simple principle: Neighbours’ Day is an event which occurs every year at the end of May. Any city or social housing organization is welcome to participate in Neighbours’ Day by promoting the event with the inhabitants using all the communication means at their disposal. It is then up to each resident or group of residents to organise their own parties.

History

The idea of Neighbours’ Day was born in 1990, when Atanase Périfan and a group of friends created the association “Paris d’Amis” in the 17th district of Paris to enforce the links of proximity and to mobilise people in order to act against isolation.

A number of “Paris d’Amis” (“challenges for friends”) were launched and successfully achieved.

In 2012, over 14 million people in about 1 400 towns hosted gatherings all over Europe and even further. Neighbours’ Day has become a major event in more than 34 countries ! The continously growing number of participants is the proof that the concept of « better living together » has no frontier!