At the symbolic dispatch of the two peace ambassadors, Wolfgang Beckermann, First City Councilor and Board Member for Education, Culture and Family, and Patricia Mersinger, Head of the City's Department of Culture and Jubilee 2023 Project Manager, congratulated the two winners and presented them with "goodie bags" filled with small items from the City of Peace. "The Jubilee Year actively focuses on young people and wants to make their perspectives on peace particularly visible. In 2023, the City of Osnabrück is therefore particularly promoting projects by young people and for young people," said Wolfgang Beckermann. "In the youth projects for the Peace Jubilee, it is particularly important to us that young people can actively participate. With the Interrail ticket, the winning team can travel through Europe for a month free of charge and flexibly. So the young people decide for themselves when they want to be where and what they want to do there," said Patricia Mersinger.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 27 were eligible to apply, either as individuals or in pairs. As part of the competition, they were asked to develop their own concept for the trip and its documentation: Where would they like to travel and why? What does their journey have to do with "peace"? What (peace) messages do they want to send?
The numerous applicants submitted creative ideas for designing a peace journey, from self-composed peace songs to multilingual diary entries and video blogs. The jury, which consisted exclusively of teenagers and young adults, was particularly impressed by the concept of Zoé Pehlke and Johannes Hanneken. The two will visit places of peace art in Europe on their joint journey and even produce their own works of art.
The application video of Zoé Pehlke and Johannes Hanneken can be seen on YouTube.The two will report on their journey on the Instagram channel "in_30_tagen_durch_europa".