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An event of information, political and cultural elaboration about the Mediterranean

Mediterraneo downtown

An event of information, political and cultural elaboration about the Mediterranean

Mediterraneo Downtown is a new and innovative event dedicated to contemporary Mediterranean, created and organized by Tuscan Region, Municipality of Prato, the non-profit organization COSPE in collaboration with Libera, Legambiente and Amnesty International. Protagonists are writers, intellectuals, artists, journalists, bloggers, public administrators, activists for human and civil rights, entrepreneurs, economists from all countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. "Voices" that find in the Festival the opportunity to communicate, exchange, process together, inspired by the vision of a Mediterranean as a "common house", the cradle of civilizations between East and West, where there is no more a North and a South, but a space of social, economic and political integration, rich in cultural exchanges.

The 2017 edition took place from the 5th to the 7th of May in various places of the city. Many guests and spectators, a peaceful invasion that involved many city spaces: from Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center where opening and closing ceremonies and "Movie med night" - a review of shorts of authors - were held, former Campolmi, the festival headquarters with the Sabir bookstore, the children's room, the halls of the Textile Museum and the Lazzerini Library where most of the panels and book presentations took place.

From the Cicognini Theatre where was the concert with Middle Eastern sounds "Di Me Di Terra Nostra" by Ginevra Di Marco and young Prato bands and the performances by Metropopolare and Copernico High School, to the exhibition spaces of the former San Giovanni Church and the Firenzuola Gallery where the exhibitions were held, respectively "One way only. Without turning back” and “Aquarius”.
Many themes: feminism and women's and LGBTI movements’ rights in the Mediterranean, sustainable economic relationships, youth and innovations, migrations, Islamism and the environment.
The central topics of the 2017 edition were the media and freedom of expression in the panels (The media representation of sea rescues, The challenges of journalism, Clouds of Freedom, Being a writer in Syria with Khaled Khalifa) and the award "A Mediterranean of Peace" that this year went to the Turkish journalist Can Dundar and the Rai correspondent Lucia Goracci.