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Mediterraneo Downtown

Mediterraneo Downtown is a far-reaching and ambitious Festival aiming at sheding light on the complex reality of the Mediterranean area. It was born to respond to the increasing need of the Italian society to gain access to first-hand information and take part in cultural and political debates and analysis on contemporary Mediterranean issues. The Festival’s inspiring vision promotes the Mediterranean area as both a shared home and a communal destiny, as the cradle of civilisation and a bridge between the West and the East, where North and South are replaced by social, political, economic and cultural integration and exchanges opportunities.

2017 Edition

What the Festival will look like? It will be a pacific and animated invasion of the historical city centre: streets, squares, theatres, museums and bookshops will get involved in this innovative manifestation, which is both a cultural-educational initiative and a town festival. Public meetings and debates hosted by promiment figures, contemporary art exhibitions and performances, concerts, books, films, activities for childern and sporting events are the Festival’s key initiatives.

What the festival will be about

Feminist Movements and Women’s Rights in the Mediterranean area: An insight into feminist and women’s rights movements: who they are, where and how they operate on the Mediterranean shores. An opportunity to give voice to these movements through the words of their protagonists whose everyday fight against patriarchates, conservatorism and religious fundamentalism cannot be passed over in silence.
LGBT Movements in the Mediterranea area: An insight into LGBT movements: who they are, where and how they operate on the Mediterranean shores. A rare opportunity to get informed and learn from the protagonists themselves on a widely repressed phenomenon which is increasingly asking for its own space and visibility.
Sustainable, young and innovative economies and economic relations: a great chance to explore economic development and trade realities and opportunities based on innovation, environmental and social sustainability. The Festival will host experts of business theory and practice from all the Mediterranean area.
A space dedicated to the analysis of historical processes and contemporary major issues shaking the Mediterranean area. The Festival will host with some of the greatest thinkers and political scientists in the field of migration, economics, Islamism and environmental protection.
“When migrations knock on your door”: an original exploration of this phenomenon giving space and voice to a group of people who had to choose which side to take when an epochal and global phenomenon such as migration knocked on their doors.
Information: comics and graphic novels. The theme of freedom of information will be explored through a steadily growing phenomenon that, despite its multiple forms, represents a common denominator between the different shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Culture becomes a space of mutual understanding and cooperation. Contemporary art breaks clichés and the stereotyped images related to the southern and eastern culture we often have. In this context, the artist’s role and importance in the economic, social and civil progress of his/her country will be stressed and exalted.

2016 numbers

500

Spectators

10

Hours

35

International guests

60

Volunteers