Meetings are places for dialogue between citizens where everyone speaks freely while respecting the rules of mutual listening. They should allow to build a common reflection on the issues and challenges facing the Mediterranean area and define the axes of reflection and action for the future but also deepen the theoretical concepts and themes. They must also allow to enhance the dynamics of the ACM.
MCAF is preparing its IX meeting: “FROM A DIVIDED MEDITERRANEAN TO A SHARED MEDITERRANEAN: A DECADE OF CITIZENSHIP RESISTANCE”
The MCAF organises in the city in València, between the 11th and the 14th of November 2021 its IX Meeting.
In this occasion we will reflect together on the topics which will take stock of the phenomenon of the “Mediterranean springs” and its attempt to evolve towards fairer, more democratic, sustainable and cohesive societies. We will also examine the new perspectives imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the economies and the societies.
The event will offer a space for dialogue, reflection and proposal to institutions and citizens coming to Valencia from all countries of the region. The format of the meeting will be semi-present (physical and online) and will use digital technologies to exchange between all shores of the Mediterranean.
The MCAF which has a partnership convention with the University of València, will organize the meeting at the Social Sciences Faculty and has the institutional support of the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean, the Generalitat Valenciana. Ajuntament de València, FPH and the collaboration of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and of the Euromediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), Anna Lindh Foundation, Center for Mediterranean Integration CMI, IEMed.
ACM Foundation opens registrations for participation in the 2nd Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”: Science and music in the current market: economic development and production. Is there a place for scientific and musical diplomacy?
Vaència / Sarajevo / On-line Worldwide: November 26 and 27, 2021
Presentation day 4 October 2021 (during Mostra Viva del Mediterrani)
PRESENTATION OF THE 2nd Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science” MONDAY OCTOBER 4 / AULA MAGNA. THE NAU. UNIVERSITY OF VALÈNCIA I 7:00 p.m.
Science and Music in Today’s Market: Economic Development and Production. Is there a place for scientific and musical diplomacy?
Vaència / Sarajevo / On-line Worldwide: November 26 and 27, 2021
– Vicent Garcés, president of the FACM.
– María Colomer, president of MVM.
– Ali Esquembre, theoretical physicist and congress coordinator
– Pedro Ruiz-Castell, Professor of History of Science at UV; researcher at the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute and author of the book “Melodías de ciencia”.
– Amparo Máñez Olivares, Responsible for the Tourism Project of the Federación de Sociedades Musicales de la Comunitat Valenciana (FSMCV).
Online interview from Sarajevo:
– Porf. Dra. Azra Gazibegović-Busuladžić, former director of the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Sarajevo and pioneering researcher in laser technology, who will present CERN for young people on Science and Art.
Musical closing by Kris Sebastian Ramakrishna, Berklee College of Music in Valencia.
The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation brings together at the Barcelona meeting more than 120 young people from the Mediterranean with experts and members of the network of citizen circles throughout the Mediterranean at the Barcelona meeting.
The Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly Foundation (FACM) encourages its members to work with a Transition in Food and Agricultural sustainable, and to publicise their commitments at national and international events.
The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (ACM Foundation / Valencia / Spain) brings together in Casablanca more than 120 experts and members of its network of citizen circles from all over the Mediterranean to discuss the needs and tools of action of the citizenship for peace and progress in the region.The seventh meeting of the ACM Foundation took place between 9th to 12th November in Casablanca, where met representatives of 27 citizens’ circles of this institution, which has a presence in more than twenty countries of the Mediterranean basin and which counted on the intervention of leading experts and representatives of Mediterranean institutions discussing promotion in the field of citizenship, peace and progress in the Mediterranean.
The international meeting dealed with various topics in the context of four agoras of debate in which it has been discussed the xenophobia, radicalization, migration, ethnic conflicts, education, inequalities, sustainable development, citizen participation, particularly lending attention to the role of women and youth.
The ACM Foundation is a citizen network of dialogue, proposal and action, based on the democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity and environmental responsibility. The Citizens ‘Assembly of the Mediterranean was created in 2008 as a citizens’ initiative. The ACM Foundation was formed as a foundation at the end of 2015, and its headquarters were established in Valencia / Spain.
This new edition of Med’Action, held from 17 to 23 October, has 8 circles of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation participating. An average of 8 to 12 circles have participated in each edition. This year’s circles are from Catania, Cyprus, Larache, Oran, Alexandria, Cairo, Thessaly and Le Kef.
At the Plogging Challenge, Catania’s circle will have around 120 participants. They are all part of a network of schools, associations, universities and communities that host UASC, in Italy and abroad, and are concerned about intercultural education. The circle leader will be Melita Cristaldi and they will clean Boschetto’ beach.
As for Larache, the circle has organised a detailed programme. With activities such as: an exhibition on migratory birds that characterise the wetlands of the Lokus river basin, an orientation visit on the ecological qualities of the same river, an environmental field study for children, among many other competitions and activities.
Moreover, at Cyprus’ team will take part 8 members led by Orestis Tringides. They have chosen a beach located in front of the southern fece of the airport of Larnaca because of its environmental importance: it is close to the salt lake area and the rocks tend to accumulate a lot of rubbish. Cairo and Alexandria circles have few confirmed participants at the moment, so they have decided to carry out the action together.
The Med’Action Festival is holding a new and very special edition this year. It continues with its famous Plogging Challenge, a challenge that consists of running or walking along the beaches of the Mediterranean, while collecting the rubbish on them. In 2020, they collected 8394kg of waste and ran over 1941km. This year’s goal is to double those numbers, as well as trying to be over the 8,000 participants who took part in the previous edition.
There are also international debates, online conferences and Med Talk in which young mediterranean people will take part. They will also talk about issues such as the environment, interculturality and equal opportunities. Finally, this year art will be part of the festival with art workshops in the framework of the Mediterranean awareness campaign Art for Clim’Act.
Many events were cancelled because of the pandemic these past two-three years, either because of lockdown or because of health restrictions imposed by each country governments. However, Med’Action was an exception. Regular participants, especially young people, wanted the event to take place and came to the conclusion that the only way to make it happen was online. Therefore, that year’s edition turned out to be a virtual festival. This initiative worked so well that they decided to continue with this idea for the following editions, but hybrid: with online and offline activities at the same time.
SMART VILLAGES 2022 – The international Congress that will address the models linked to the use of digital technologies in rural mediterranean environments.
This initiative is coordinated by el Olmo’s Foundation, a non-profit organization created to improve the living conditions of rural populations, and the MCA Foundation, a network that promotes dialogue, proposals and citizen action.
Sponsored by the Regional Government of Valencia (Generalitat Valenciana), Casa Mediterráneo, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the Medcités network of mediterranean cities, the Jaume I University of Castellón and the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI); sponsored by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The aim of this international congress is to contribute knowledge, making the Valencian Region a benchmark in the implementation of models linked to the use of digital technologies in rural mediterranean environments.
Mediterranean Youth Council (CMJ) continues its journey:
The Mediterranean Youth Council is an assembly of 40 Mediterranean youth committed to defending the voice of Mediterranean youth.
It is made up of young and dynamic people from all over the Mediterranean region, from Kosovo to Cyprus, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Italy and France.
“For us, the Mediterranean Youth Council is an opportunity to make our ideas heard, to convey messages through common actions, but also to engage in dialogue with local, regional and national authorities in our respective countries.”
The CMJ was officially installed on February 7 as part of the Mediterranean Worlds Forum that took place in Marseille on February 7 and 8, 2022.
The cross-cutting theme chosen by the members for 2022 is: “Building tomorrow: preparing young people for the future”.
The ACM Foundation is a founding and historical member of this initiative and is currently a member of the support / proposal and support committee, as a representative of the civil society network.
After Marseille and Seville, the last assembly took place in Santa Severa (Rome), from October 6 to 9. The reflections of the Mediterranean Youth Council focused on the present and future energy crisis, in which the FACM participates within the framework of these actions dedicated to youth. Discussions have focused on:
➢ Work on the issue of energy and the energy crisis.
➢ Work on environmental issues and climate change.
The ACM Foundation is delighted that our Governing board member and treasurer of it, Ofelia Vila, has been awarded with the High Distinction of the Generalitat Valenciana. It is a recognition of her long career in the struggle for social justice, workers’ rights and gender equality. It is a recognition of her work and tenacity in contributing to a more cohesive, diverse and fair valencian and mediterranean society.
MCAF together with the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), has presented the work of the poet Francisco Brines “A la niebla. Para a névoa. Cap a la boira”. The event was held on 20th September at the IEMed headquarters, and was attended by: Àngels Gregori, director of the Francisco Brines Foundation and coordinator of Encontre d’Escriptors de Mostra Viva del Mediterràni, Senen Florensa, IEMed president, Vicent Garcès, MAC Foundation president, and Josep Piera, poet and translator of the work.
The edition is a trilingual anthology of the book “La última costa”, one of the most emblematic collection of poems whose author, Francisco Brines, was awarded by Cervantes Prize. It has been produced by the Consell Valencià of Culture together with the MACF and Mostra Viva del Mediterráneo. Following the previous volumes dedicated to Konstantinos Kavafis, Ibn Khafaja from Alzira and Ausiàs March, the book consists of a selection of thirty-three poems translated for the first time into Valencian and Portuguese.
Àngels Gregori defined “A la niebla” as “a final journey from a sea that is no longer a calm sea, but one that is closer to death, greyer and more Atlantic”. At the end of the event, the last poem of the book was read in the three languages that appear in it: Spanish, Valencian and Portuguese.
III MEDITERRANEAN CONGRESS “MUSIC AND SCIENCE”- The presentation of the 3rd edition of the Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science” took place during the international festival Mostra Viva del Mediterràni (MVM). Its name is Reparto de recursos: La ciencia de los materiales en el desarrollo tecnológico y musical / Distribution of resources: Materials science in technological and musical development / Répartition des ressources : Science des matériaux dans le développement technologique et musical / Repartició de recursos: La ciència dels materials en el desenvolupament tecnológic i musical.
The congress was organised by the MCA Foundation in collaboration with Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, with the participation of:
➢ Maria Colomer Pache, president of Mostra Viva del Mediterràni. ➢ Ali Esquembre Kučukalić, co-ordinator of Music and Science Congress. ➢ Manuel Muñoz, journalist and exdirector of the Palau de la Música de València.
There was also an interview with professor Dr. Dino Habibović, senior research and teaching assistant at the University of Sarajevo, and a guitar musical performance by professor Mirza Redžepagić, a bosnian performer of traditional mediterranean music flamenco’s specialist.
MOSTRA VIVA FESTIVAL 22 SEPTEMBER-18 OCTOBER – 10th EDITION
Mostra Viva del Mediterràni (MVM) a cultural event promoted by the MCA Foundation and the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani Citizens’ Association, has celebrated its 10th anniversary, positioning the city of Valencia as the cultural capital of the Mediterranean during the development of its programme. The edition is being held from 22nd September to 16th October, under the slogan “Building bridges of culture for peace in the Mediterranean”.
The international festival Mostra Viva del Mediterràni (MVM), co-organised by the MACF, has a very diverse programme, with almost 60 activities related to music, theatre and literature. Among them, the following stand out:TROBADA DE MÚSICA DEL MEDITERRANI (MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC MEETING)
In this edition, the emphasis is on the universal language of music in all its representations, from the most local to the most international. “Tras las huellas de Xarq Al Andalus” (“In the footsteps of Xarq Al Andalus”) is the main concert of the edition, which will take place on 7th October at Casa Mediterráneo, Alicante.
This is an in-house production by Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, based on the album Xarq al-Andalus by Al Tall together with Muluk El Hwa. A selection of a variety of poems made by Xarq al-Andalus, converted into contemporary songs that have been incorporated into the valencian and mediterranean poetic and musical tradition. This production will feature the participation of 14 musicians.
The show was an absolute success in its first session at the Theater El Musical in Valencia. And the collaboration of MCA Foundation and Casa Mediterráneo have made possible this second session.
MVM’s exhibitions are an accurate expression of the realities and feelings of Mediterranean culture.
“El cálamo y la tinta” (“The Calamus and the Ink”) is an exhibition, produced by the MCA Foundation in collaboration with Casa Mediterráneo, which analyses islamic calligraphy. It comprises both the technical and artistic achievements manifested in the whole aesthetic experience, as well as the realisation and visualisation of the arabic alphabet letter. The exhibition focuses on the individual work of the renowned bosnian calligrapher Dr. Ćazim Hadžimejlić, also professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of Sarajevo.
On the other hand, “Valencia Copyright” brings back different valencian illustrators who took part in the 12th Angoulême Festival, which was held in 1985, and for which they published a series of leaflets under the title of Valencia Copyright. Some of them were Daniel Torres, Nacho Balaguer, Sento, Mique Beltrán, Micharmut and Miguel Calatayud. The exhibition, therefore, is a tribute to the legacy of this generation that gave rise to one of the most avant-garde movements in european comics and that continues to influence later authors.
“Retrospectiva de la obra de Antonio Camaró” (“Retrospective of the work of Antonio Camaró”) is an exhibition of the works of the artist named by UNESCO as the painter of harmony and peace between different civilisations and cultures. The most representative topics are diversity, mutual respect and the mediterraneity. In addition, the painter has also been the author of the poster for this edition of Mostra Viva del Mediterràni.
This year’s debates are devoted to three major topics: women, human rights and, in particular, youth.“Mujer y activismo: Les archives des luttes des femmes en Algérie” (“Women and activism: The archives of women’s struggles in Algeria”) will feature Lydia Saïdi, co-director of the project Les archives des luttes des femmes en Algérie, Zoubida Kouti, president of le Petit Lecteur in Oran and member of the MCAF circle there, and Eva Máñez, photojournalist and host of the event. The three of them will talk about the history of the feminist movement, especially the algerian one.
In terms of human rights, the debate will focus on the current socio-political context of the mediterranean area with the collaboration of different relevant profiles, intellectuals and expert artists. The participants will be Fernando Flores, director of the Human Rights Institute of the University of Valencia, Maati Monjib, moroccan human rights activist, and Solafa Magdy Mahfouz Sallam, journalist and defender of women’s rights. Lola Bañón, member of the Advisory Council of the MCA Foundation, will be the moderator.
The Mediterranean Youth Council was presented for the first time in Valencia within the framework of youth. An organization made up of 30 young people who aspire to represent the youth of the Mediterranean. The project is a collaboration between Têtes de l’Art and the MCA Foundation, supported by the CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions) Intermediterranean Commision, Veneto and south of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions.
This year takes place the 40th anniversary of the first Encontre d’Escriptors de la Mediterrània. An event that promotes reading and encounters between mediterranean authors and their public. The slogan, on this occasion, is “ Entre la Guerra y la Paz” (“Between War and Peace”), which seeks to focus attention on the war situation that’s being experienced in Europe and how literature can help to overcome these desperate situations.
The event will also focus on the horror of war and its devastating consequences. But there will also be a place for traditional tales from Algeria, the Maghreb and Greece. The aim is to reflect the importance of stories passed orally through the mediterranean areas.
On July 1, 2021, and eleven years after its creation, the Center for Mediterranean Integration CMI officially joined the United Nations Organization (UN), sponsored by the United Nations Office for Project Services ( UNOPS), therefore, in this new framework of operations, the memorandum of understanding with the FACM has been ratified. This join MOU by CMI and FACM provides a framework within which the Parties may develop and undertake collaborative activities in the Mediterranean region in order to pursue more effectively their common objectives, specially in the Socio-economic transformation: Co-development and integration, including migration and human capital mobility; and Resilience: Mitigation and adaptation to external shocks, mainly climate change and forced displacement. This Memorandum will facilitate to share knowledge, ideas and lessons learned;plan joint activities in areas of common interest; pool efforts and expertise; collaborate on the promotion, preparation, among others.
The Center for Mediterranean Integration (“CMI”) is a cooperative arrangement and a multi-partner platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing for Mediterranean integration and transformative reform. CMI convenes partners and members to jointly identify solutions to inherent challenge on the Mediterranean and facilitates their connection to change agents. CMI members are Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Spain, Tunisia, the City of Marseille, the Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur Region, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank, and the European External Action Service as an observer.
The FACM is a network that promotes dialogue, proposal and citizen action that fosters the democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, as well as environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean. It is present in 19 countries and 29 Mediterranean cities through their citizens’ circles, understood as local citizenship spaces for dialogue and action, and which are permanently open to civil society in their respective geographical areas. The FACM has among its axes of action the promotion and visibility of the cultural diversity of the Mediterranean area with a focus on gender and youth in the region.
ACM Foundation and its circles network celebrate the formal constitution of the FACM circle of Alicante (Spain) and that of Catania (Italy) with which the ACM Foundation now reachs 32 citizen circles throughout the Mediterranean basin. The one in Alicante is the third FACM circle in Spain and the Catania’s, the fourth in Italy. It is an honor to greet the founders of both citizen circles, committed figures in the defense of Human Rights, especially in geneder issue, intercultural dialogue, education and respect for diversity.
In the case of Alicante, Naïma Benaicha Ziani, professor at the University of Alicante in the Area of Arab and Islamic Studies, is the coordinator of this circle made up of personalities from the field of culture, business as well as civil society. In the Catania circle, coordination will be led by Giovanni Pampanini, researcher at the Interdisciplinary Study of Social and Human Sciences (SISSU) of Catania, Italy, coordinator of the International Group for Comparative Monitoring of Policies for the Application of the Right to Education. Honorary President of A.F.R.I.C.E. Africa for Research in Comparative Education Society, University of Yaoundé I, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
This initiative is coordinated by the El Olmo Foundation, a non-profit organization created to improve the living conditions of rural populations, and the Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation (FACM), a network that promotes dialogue, proposals and citizen action.
With the sponsorship of the Generalitat Valenciana, Casa Mediterráneo, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the network of Mediterranean cities Medcités, the Jaume I University of Castellón and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), sponsored by the United Nations Office for Projects (UNOPS) among others. The objective of this great international congress is to contribute knowledge by placing the Valencian Community as a benchmark in the implementation of models linked to the use of digital technologies in rural Mediterranean environments.
The Generalitat and Casa Mediterráneo of Alicante promote a congress between the end of October to relaunch the concept of smart villages with the aim of curbing depopulation in the Valencian Community, which is advancing at a rate of 4.8% every ten years . It is about presenting in these political appointments that convert the Valencian territory into a pioneer in the development of intelligent towns through a model of public-private collaboration that must contribute to leading the sustainable transformative actions of small municipalities with the help of technologies. digital.
This initiative is coordinated by the El Olmo Foundation, a non-profit organization created to improve the living conditions of rural populations, and the Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation (FACM), a network that promotes dialogue, proposals and citizen action. See more on the SMART VILLAGES 2022 website.
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