Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and the administrative seat of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. Lying on the river Danube, Novi Sad covers an area of 1105 km2 and has a population of about 220000.
Novi Sad is an industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural centre. The name Novi Sad means "New Plantation" (noun) in Serbian, and is derived from it's Latin name - "Neoplanta". Novi Sad is a typical Central European town with architecture from 19th century dominating the city centre. Novi Sad is the home to Matica Sprska, the oldest cultural- scientific institution in Serbia and the Serbian National Theatre, the oldest professional theatre among the South Slavs.
The largest educational institution in the city is the University of Novi Sad with approximately 38000 students and 2700 in staff. Novi Sad is the host to EXIT music festival, one of the major music festivals in Europe.
Among the most recognizable buildings in Novi Sad are the Petrovaradin fortress, The Name of Mary Catholic Church, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George, the Novi Sad Synagogue, the Serbian National Theatre building and the SPENS Sports Centre, which is where the Pan- European Adventist Youth Congress will be held. To find out more about Novi Sad, go to this link
The Pan-European Adventist Youth Congress (AYC) is a large gathering of Adventist Youth, the purpose of which is to share and celebrate our common faith and to make a positive impact in the host city and surrounding area. It is a powerful spiritual opportunity and a significant social event for those participating. These international events take place every four or five years. AYC is a part of the Adventist history and heritage.
The first Congress was held in Germany in the 1930’s (Chemnitz) and since then there have been many in different countries throughout Europe. The last two were held in Wroclaw, Poland (2004) and Munich, Germany(2009).
The theme of AYC 2013 is "Power of One" and it signifies that all we do and are comes from the One, Jesus Christ. This also reflects the motto of the Seventh-day Adventist Youth department - "For the love of Christ constrains us." (2 Cor. 5:14 NKJV)
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian church and a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures. Read more about the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here.