Celebrating the second edition of the Day of the Mediterranean
- After its launch in 2021, 28th of November 2022, a new Day of the Mediterranean was celebrated, recognising Mediterranean culture, cooperation and embracing the rich diversity of the region. A multitude of events and initiatives focused on music were held across the region to celebrate this second edition.
- A concert of the Arab Orchestra of Barcelona and the singer Judit Neddermann on November 26th was the central event of the Day of the Mediterranean in Barcelona, organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in cooperation with local authorities.
- The Anna Lindh Foundation coordinated civil society organisations from 25 Euro-Mediterranean countries, who organised 36 community-based free musical performances (non-profit-no ticket sales), that took place simultaneously in November 28th.
- The UfM launched “The Mediterranean, a journey through the senses” online campaign calling all citizens to reflect on our shared identity, our origins and what unites us as Mediterranean people and shoot a short video, share a picture or post about which of their senses is stirred by the Mediterranean.
- To make visible the importance of cooperation and development in our region, as well as highlight a common Mediterranean identity, personalities from all walks of life shared their personal journey in the Mediterranean and their hopes for this region. Know their stories here.
The Day of the Mediterranean aims at fostering a common Mediterranean identity. It also provides unique momentum every year to increase the visibility of a positive Mediterranean agenda and the overall regional efforts undertaken by all the stakeholders who work daily to enhance cooperation and integration across the region. It is the occasion to showcase issues of interest, mobilise political will and resources to address challenges, and celebrate the region’s achievements. It commemorates the birth of the Barcelona Process of November 28th, 1995. The Day of the Mediterranean is thus a precious reminder of this commitment, to continue – despite the challenges – moving forward and ahead together.
This year, the Union for the Mediterranean launched the online campaign “The Mediterranean, a journey through the senses”, inviting citizens and organisations to take action and share through a short video, a picture or a post which of their senses is stirred by the word “Mediterranean”. Throughout the year leading up to this edition, the Euro-Mediterranean ecosystem has been sharing stories of initiatives and personalities, transcending cultures and generations, in the spirit of inclusivity, diversity and cooperation.
The Arab Orchestra of Barcelona and the singer Judit Neddermann offered a concert specially designed to celebrate the Day of the Mediterranean on November 26th at the El Born Culture and Memory Centre in Barcelona. The concert, organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and the Barcelona City Council, in collaboration with the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Spanish Government, was opened to the public and webstreamed through the website of the Day of the Mediterranean.
In the framework of the Mediterranean Day and in coordination with the Union for the Mediterranean, the Anna Lindh Foundation also coordinated a unique celebration of the Mediterranean and its diversity at a community level with the participation of civil society organisation from 25 countries, who organised 36 community-based free musical performances (non-profit-no ticket sales) in tandem with Local Administrations, that took place simultaneously in the different countries on the 28th of November 2022. The ALF Secretariat organised a special celebration at its Headquarters, including a multicultural music performance and a logo projection at the von Gerber house building located at the corniche of Alexandria.
In Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover attended a symposium titled “Cooperation Initiatives in favour of Women and Youth Employment” at the Oceanographic Museum. The symposium was held in connection with the Mediterranean Day 2022.
In 2020, the 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) declared the 28th of November as the official Day of the Mediterranean, to be marked annually. As stated in the official conclusion of the 5th Regional Forum, “with the objective to foster a common Mediterranean identity and increase the visibility and ownership of regional cooperation, the Day of the Mediterranean will provide the opportunity to hold cultural events across the region with a view to strengthening ties, promoting intercultural exchanges and dialogue and embracing the diversity of the region.”
- Campaign: for more information and downloadable resources of the campaign “The Mediterranean, a journey through the senses”, click here.
- Press dossier: English Download; French Download; Arabic Download; Spanish Download; Catalan Download; Italian Download; Portuguese Download; German Download.
- Human stories. Looking for interviews to put a human face to the Day of the Mediterranean? Check the proposed stories here and contact us for interviews.
- Events: https://mediterraneanday.com/agenda