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Mladifest 2023, the International Youth Festival of Medjugorje


WHERE: Medjugorje, Serbia
WHEN: from 26 to 30 August 2023

Around here they call it Mladifest. In practice, this is the International Youth Festival, an event that for over thirty years has gathered tens of thousands of young people from all over the world, now in its 34th edition this year.

An edition that for the first time will take place in the last week of July and not, as usual, in August, to coincide with World Youth Day in Lisbon.

An event born almost muted which, today, boasts truly impressive numbers. Medjugorje is the glue of the event, a Serbian village, particularly appreciated by the faithful of the Virgin Mary.


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Many young people say that after taking part in the event, they want to go back. And, for those who have never been there, curiosity is a lot.
For about 10 days, Medjugorje is invaded by young people and pilgrims, reaching even 100,000 presences.
An incredible religious and social aggregator like few throughout Europe.

As said, you don’t necessarily have to be a believer to take part in the Mladifest. Nor, much less, do we have to be kids.
The spirit is to be united under a single banner of peace and equality. And celebrate all together.



The international youth festival takes place in Medjugorje, over about 10 days.
The central Church of St James is the landmark of the event.
It is preferable to reach the place by car or, alternatively, by bus from Mostar.
Just near the church, you will find a large parking area for cars and buses.
Alternatively, another large free car park is located near the Apparition Colina


Also this year, it will be possible to pray, and witness testimonies, or take part in processions with candles through the sacred places of Medugorje. And, again, adoration, music, concerts, dance performances and… spiritual life for young people.

In addition to the date, the duration of the festival has also changed, being shortened by one day. The theme of the Festival will be taken from the Gospel of Matthew: “Here is my mother and here are my brothers“.

As per traction, it will be possible to confess in at least 19 languages. The Holy Mass is translated into 15 different idioms.

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