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MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR DIPLOMACY
MIGUEL ANGEL MORATINOS
Minister of Foreign Affairs, SPAIN

His politics in favour of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue laid the basis to re-launch the peace process for a shared development in the area. At the beginning as general director of the Spanish foreign policy for Africa and Middle East, then as special envoy of the European Union in the Middle East, Moratinos always carried out a diplomatic and political work of dialogue and mediation that avoided the worsening of the conflicts. Now, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he is carrying out a concrete diplomatic action against prejudices and the global fear of terrorism, increasing social justice and multiculturalism, against the idea of Islam equal terrorism.

Awarding Ceremony
Cairo, 5 December 2004

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD SPECIAL EDITION
HASNA EL BECHARIA
Singer and musician, ALGERIA

A free and upright woman, Hasna comes from the South of the Algerian Sahara. Daughter of a family of gnawi musicians, she performs pop music mixed with her own compositions, accompanied by electric or classic guitar or by guembri. Her music expresses different artistic and spiritual forms and, at the same time, in a play of background and mutual protagonism, it allows different individual expressions and the synergy of an expert choral quality, producing different rhythms and tunes, where the aim of a common concert is only possible thanks to the motivation of a production where the ensemble is not given by a succession of reciprocally tolerant pieces.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 6 January 2005

 


INTERNATIONAL AWARD LABORATORIO MEDITERRANEO
DVER'
Best short film
by Russian director Vladimir Kott
 

The jury of the “short film competition” composed by Jana Cisar, Mauro Santini, Joseph Togneri has granted the International Award Laboratorio Mediterraneo to DVER´ for the poetic simplicity by which the director has been able to show life on the screen. The film tells a number of small stories in a surprising and humoristic way.

Awarding Ceremony
Trieste, 27 January 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR CULTURE
MATEJA MATEVSKI
Writer, MACEDONIA

Born in 1929, he was educated in the war period in that spirit of freedom and political and national renaissance which brought to the revolt of the peoples who constituted Yugoslavia. Starting from the second part of the 20th century, his poetic works have marked with an original and indelible voice the development of the new Macedonian literature within Balkan culture like a lyric reflection of universal value expressed in a clear and perfect shape. A further testimony that small nations are not minor nations and, thanks to their scholars, they are able to give a significant contribution to the richness of human culture.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 25 February 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR CINEMA
YASMINE KASSARI
Film Director, MOROCCO

Her film work “L’Enfant endormi” shows the lives of women left alone by their partners and their daily work in the cornfields to nourish their children and the old people of the village. These women are freed and emancipated from the authoritative male figures, they can choose and evaluate their lives affairs in a context that often represents them as the victims of millenary traditions, but that has started a process of cultural renewal.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 16 June 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR ISTITUTIONS
RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN
Prime Minister of Republic of TURKEY

A personality unanimously respected for his integrity and commitment to democracy and pluralism with a vision of politics matured through a long journey and reflection. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as Mayor of Istanbul, was able to introduce modern criteria in the administration of the town. Then, as Prime Minister, he has consistently promoted the political and cultural dialogue between Turkey and Europe. This award, meant to recognize the great progress of a Country whose culture is deeply rooted in the East with a long and profound relationship with the West, wishes that Europe be willing to testify, by a new enlargement, the end of a century-old confrontation between States of Christian tradition and States of Muslim tradition.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 2 September 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR MEDIA
LE MONDE DIPLOMATHIQUE
National monthly magazine, FRANCE

Monthly magazine motivated by human and social emotions, yet with an open mind, “Le Monde Diplomatique” has for half a century, by news and comments not subject to partisan interests, sought to report the causes and forces that direct and drive political events. Its action has provoked an independent reflection, making it a leader in mutual understanding, justice and peace.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 24 October 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR MEDIA
ANSAMED
Press Agency, ITALY

It is playing an essential role – with timeliness, completeness and reliability – in the field of Euro-Mediterranean information with the aim of re-launching and spreading a positive image of the Mediterranean, an area of opportunities and development with roots in a millenary history of relationships and exchanges, as well as with the aim of combating the stereotype of a region characterized by political and social tensions and constantly threatened by terrorism. Moreover, it has undertaken an initiative which, starting from the heritage of experiences and relations of the most important Italian Press Agency, wishes to be the point of encounter and reference for all those who work, at the political, economic, social and cultural level, believing in the possibility to develop a dialogue and a mutual knowledge among the Countries of the region in view of an increasingly close and profitable Integration.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 24 October 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE
FABRIZIO CAROLA
Architect, ITALY

An architect who, with his talent, was able to create structures based on the wisdom of ancient traditions in building constructions. He created living spaces being at once primitive and complex, bridging archaic memory and future, spaces in which the simplicity of the techniques becomes versatility of execution, simplicity and rigour in the use of materials. Architectures of life and for life, which respect the natural context and satisfy the primary needs of serenity and harmony, without resorting either to an excess of technology or to obsolete technologies. With Fabrizio Caròla, Tèchne search for liberty leads to discover the knowledge embodied in building techniques of pre-modern tradition and opens a rich path of discovery to the contemporary Mediterranean creativity.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 24 October 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD "MEDAL OF HONOUR"
ARCHITECTS OF NAPLES ASSOCIATION
President Paolo Pisciotta, ITALY

For spreading the culture of Mediterranean architecture and for contributing to the exchanges among the Associations of Architects in the Mediterranean Countries

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 24 October 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR CULTURE
MOHAMED KABBAJ
President of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, MOROCCO

He carried out a great work of spiritual dialogue which reminds us, both through the performances of Fez Festival and through his speeches, a message of Mediterranean humanism, that contributes to the spread of the highest values of culture and civilization.

Awarding Ceremony
Casablanca, 22 November 2005

 


EUROMED AWARD
BARCELONA PROCESS
SPAIN

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has granted the ’Mediterranean Award for Dialogue between Cultures 2005’ to Barcelona Process on the occasion of the 10 th anniversary of partnership agreements. Just to emphasize its symbolic meaning, the acknowledgement has been attributed to the heads of the 35 national networks of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation as auspicious for the commitment to be undertaken by these actors on behalf of the European Union and of the 35 Euro-Mediterranean Countries in a difficult and indispensable action for peace.

Awarding Ceremony
Barcelona, 27 November 2005

 


MEDITERRANEAN AWARD FOR ART AND CREATIVITY
GIUSEPPE FERRIGNO
Craftsman, ITALY

This award underlines the importance of Ferrigno’s works in preserving and diffusing the traditional Neapolitan craft of hand-made nativity scenes.

 

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 19 December 2005