Reformaction

FAQ


General information

The group leaders are responsible for the care of their group participants. This also includes looking after them in their accommodation.

In order to ensure the safety and security of the festival, the safety concept will be worked out in consultation with the Geneva authorities and security officers and will be continually adapted. An information telephone number is printed on every arm band and accessibility is guaranteed. In the city, information points with their own medical services will be available. Over the festival app, we can inform participants through push messages on all relevant safety information.

The following rates apply:

45 CHF normal fee until 30. Sept 2017
65 CHF late-booking fee from 1. Oct 2017

All items on the programme are included in the festival pass as well as a three-day public transport pass in zone 10 in the city of Geneva. Accommodation costs an additional 10 CHF per night.

The festival’s lost and found box is located in the Salle Trocmé. Any lost items can be dropped off picked up there until Sunday at 16:00. After the festival, items will be kept until the end of November. Send an email to mail@reformaction.ch.

The main languages of the festival are German and French, supplemented by individual offers in Italian and English. These individual festival events are marked with the respective language in the program, so you can adapt your programme to your language skills.

At the main meetings we will have simultaneous translation in the various languages!

Insurance is the responsibility of the participant.

Your festival arm band must be worn snugly around your wrist during the whole festival and is not transferable. If your arm band breaks during the festival, you can exchange it for a new one in the Salle Trocmé.

It is worthwhile downloading the Festival-App «Reformaction» before the festival starts. Get informed in advance about the different offers. The link to the download will be published here a few days before the festival.

A big festival costs a lot of money! In order to keep the participant contributions low and still cover our costs, we are dependent on donations – Thank you very much for your contribution:

Post account number: 61-184352-9
Recipient: Evangelisches Jugendfestival 2017
IBAN Nummer: CH93 0900 0000 6118 4352 9
SWIFT/BIC: POFICHBEXXX

There is an extensive and exciting program at the festival and our organizing service will ensure a safe and orderly procedure at the festival venues. However, we cannot provide individual support for participants!

We recommend parents of teenagers to send their children to Reformaction as part of a group and therefore accompanied by a responsible person.

There is no fixed minimum age for Reformation, but the festival is aimed at a target audience of 14 years and over.

Participants under 18 years confirm with their registration that their parents are in agreement with their participation. In this case, we recommend taking part in a group, accompanied by a responsible group leader. As a festival, we can not take responsibility for shepherding or individual care of participants!

Group leaders must be at least 18 years of age!

When you register for the festival you can also secure a place to stay:

1 night in dormitory accommodation 10.- CHF
2 nights in dormitory accommodation 20.- CHF
2 nights in a private household 20.- CHF

Included in the price is a simple breakfast.

Before the Festival

There is no minimum group size for Reformaction!

You have until the beginning of October to sign up for the Saturday morning workshops and Saturday evening activities.

If you are an individual participant your login will be mailed to you; if you are registered as a group participant, your group leader will be given a login so that s/he can register you for the workshops.

The workshops will be available on our website at the end of August.

You will have the most fun at the festival if you come with a group.

Group leaders (aged 18 and over) receive a special login so they are always informed about their group members. They can also edit the information of their group members.

Participants who come as members of a group can simply enter their group name when they log in and so will be automatically on the group list.

For train passengers, we will ensure baggage transfer from Geneva main station (Genève Cornavin) to the dormitory accommodation. There will be a festival information desk in the main station, from 18:00 on, where you can hand in your luggage. If you’re traveling by bus, you will unload your luggage directly at your accommodation. You must mark your luggage with the orange arm band, which you will get with the participant information. Please pack the essentials for the evening activities in your small rucksack. For reasons of safety and space, large pieces of luggage are not allowed in our festival venues.

Participants who are staying with guest families can put their luggage temporarily in the Salle Trocmé (Map Salle Trocmé) and pick it up after the evening programme until 00.30 (you will also meet up with your host family there). Participants who have independently arranged accommodation can also store their luggage in the Salle Trocmé (Map Salle Trocmé).

Participants arriving early (before 18:00) can deposit their luggage in the Salle Trocmé.

Participants arriving on Saturday can go directly to their accommodations and drop off their luggage there.

Around two weeks before the festival, we will send the detailed information with the festival programme, a list of what to bring with you, the festival arm band and the band for your luggage. Normally all arm bands will be sent to the responsible group leader. Individual dispatchment is possible on request. Individual participants will receive all information directly by post.

You can register for the festival as an independent participant (= login without group connection), as a group participant (= login in an existing group) or as a group leader (= start a new group). Click here to register.

It is worthwhile downloading the Festival-App «Reformaction» before the festival starts. Get informed in advance about the different offers. The link to the download will be published here a few days before the festival.

Cancellations will not be refunded.

Voyage

We recommend travelling by train, as all the festival venues are very well linked up by public transport. We will have more information about special trains at a later date. As of the end of August, group leaders will be contacted directly by SBB in order to organize arrival and plan any extra trains.

At the Geneva main station you can drop off your luggage with us and go directly into the city for the first event of the festival, Night of Lights, which will begin at 21:00. We recommend that you arrive at the train station 45 minutes before the start of the program.

The festival starts at 9 pm. Due to the different lengths of travel to Geneva, we have deliberately arranged the program in such a way that it is possible to “join in or leave” at any time. Of course, it is worth it to take part in all the events with two overnight stays!

Travel to the festival is the responsibility of the participants and their leaders. We recommend travelling with the SBB railway. Alternatively, Surprise Reisen offers cheap bus fares at: www.surprise-reisen.ch/reformaction

The church service, and thus the festival also, ends at 11:15 on Sunday morning. The mass accommodations must be cleared out be 14:00. Personal luggage must be packed before the church service and deposited in the foyers of the accommodations.

Participants that are departing with the train as a group, please follow the travel schedule provided by the SBB.

Travel to the festival by car is definitely not recommended, due to the high volume of traffic and the lack of parking space in the city. In addition, parking in Geneva is expensive!
If you still want to travel by car, we recommend the car parks at the airport. The following website provides information on tariffs and availability: https://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-65/

Alternatively, you can also park outside the city at a railway station and complete the journey by train

Groups interested in travelling by bus, can register with our festival partner «Surprise Reisen».www.surprise-reisen.ch/reformaction

For groups that organize their own bus, please consult the organization team so that the drop-off location and baggage questions can be coordinated:mail@reformaction.ch

The SBB is offering two exclusive special trains to the Reformaction festival in Geneva. The festival will already start in the train! In the link below, you fill find a PDF with the tentative departure times and stations for these two special trains.

LINK TO PDF

Activity at the Festival

You’ll be out all day in the city, so you need to have the most important things with you as well as enough to drink and a picnic lunch in a small rucksack. For security reasons, your big luggage pieces cannot be taken into the events.

A ticket for public transport in Geneva is included in your festival pass. In order to make use of this, you have to show your Identity card and festival arm band at any time.

You have until the beginning of October to sign up for the Saturday morning workshops and Saturday evening activities.

If you are an individual participant your login will be mailed to you; if you are registered as a group participant, your group leader will be given a login so that s/he can register you for the workshops.

The workshops will be available on our website at the end of August.

Your festival pass is also your ticket for local transport in Geneva (Zone 10). Whether it’s a tram, a bus or a train – with your festival pass you can reach all venues and festival accomodation from Friday to Sunday. Please take your identity card with you so that you can identify yourself. The city centre is also easily accessible on foot from Geneva main station (Genève Cornavin). Not included in the festival pass is the journey to Geneva, which is the participant’s responsibility.

If you want to only come Saturday evening for the Switchfoot concert, you can buy individual tickets HERE.

 

For participants who have taken care of their own accommodation, please note that we do not allow large pieces of baggage at our venues, only small rucksacks or bags! The best thing to do is to bring your luggage to your accommodation before you join the festival life! If need be, you can store it on Friday evening at the Salle Trocmé (Map Salle Trocmé)  – pick-up by 00:30 at night.

The group leaders are responsible for the care of their group members. This includes responsibility for them in their accommodation. We recommend that you bring a co-leader to the festival, who will stay with your group over night. In the case of non-supervised groups, we reserve the right to contact the group leaders at any time by telephone.

For those who have booked a night in the dormitories or in a private home there will be a simple breakfast in the accommodation. Otherwise everyone is responsible for his or her own meals. We recommend that you bring your food for Friday with you.
As a festival, we will be running two Reformaction Bistros in the Old Town. Here we offer a place where it is warm and where you can, for a fair price, get something to eat and drink.

In addition, the city of Geneva offers a variety of food and shopping possibilities. On Saturday evening it is possible to eat at the stalls in the arena or in the nearby airport.

The festival has been organized in such a way that you can join in at different times:

Fri. 21:00 – Night of Lights / Downtown

Fri. 22:30 – Reformation Monument / Mur des réformateurs

Sat. 9:30 – Rally / City of Geneva

Sat. from 14:00 – Festival-on-Stage / Arena

Sat. from 20:00 – Night of Encounters / Downtown and Arena

Sun. 9:30 – Church Service / Downtown

If you are accommodated by a host family, you will meet up with your family in the Salle Trocmé (Map Salle Trocmé) on Friday from 11.30 pm onwards. They will will take you to your accommodation. In Salle Trocmé you can also temporarily store your luggage after your arrival in Geneva. Please bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag with you.

Our dormitory accommodation is in civil defence buildings and multi-purpose halls. Group participants will be together in the same accommodation. These are subdivided into gender-separated areas.

Please take your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. We will not accept persons of the opposite sex at any time in the respective accommodation. Persons not attending the festival are not allowed to spend the night in the festival accommodation.

Volunteers

As a festival, we will have only a very limited number of parking places at the Geneva Arena. These will only be allocated to vehicles required for the operation of the festival.

We recommend you travel by train as the parking places in Geneva are scarce and expensive.

If you still want to travel by car, we recommend the car parks at the airport. Alternatively, you can also park outside the city at a railway station and complete your journey by train.

The cost of the journey is in principle the responsibility of the volunteer.

Volunteers are very welcome at Reformaction. Both during the actual festival and for building up and dismantling!

As a volunteer:

– You will not be paid for your work.
– You will be provided with food and accommodation.
– You do not have to pay the festival fee.
– you can not be guaranteed participation in certain programme items.
– you are expected to pay your own travelling costs.

In order to join us as a volunteer at Reformaction you need:
– to be at least 18 years of age
– to agree to the “Personal commitment to protect young people” along with your registration
– to give the name of  a reference person

Click here to register as a volunteer (link)

If you register as a volunteer, you do not also have to register as a participant. If you have already done this, we will delete your registration as a participant and reimburse any fees you have paid.

If you do not have your own accommodation, we will take care of your accommodation and food during your time with us.

We have accommodation specially reserved for volunteers in civil defence buildings and gyms with separate accommodation for men and women. Please bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. For individual key people, hotel rooms are also available upon request.