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Mediterranean Awards

In 1996, the Fondazione Mediterraneo instituted the Mediterranean Awards (with various categories) that are granted every year to eminent personalities from the worlds of arts and culture, politics and science and social disciplines, whose actions have contributed to reducing tensions, breaking down cultural barriers and developing shared values in the Greater Mediterranean.

This Award is considered one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the world.

Various events are associated with the Mediterranean Award, such as the “Euro-Mediterranean Concert for Dialogue Among Cultures” and the “Epiphany Concert” (organized by the Cultural Centre “Oltre il Chiostro” in collaboration with the Fondazione Mediterraneo. The latter event is broadcast by RaiUno and Rai International throughout the world every year on the morning of January 6th).

International Award Laboratorio Mediterraneo 1998 to Moja Domovma

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The Mediterranean Laboratory Foundation awarded the Prize “Laboratorio Mediterraneo” for the best long film, ex-aequo, to two independent productions: Ekopres-Ekspres by the Slovenian director Igor Sterk and Mondo Bobo by the Croatian director Goran Rusinovic and, for the best short film, to Moja Domovma by Milos Radovic (Fed. Republic of Yugoslavia).

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Mediterranean Award "Peace" 1998 to Kiro Gligorov

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The Mediterranean Laboratory Foundation, which was instituted with the aim to undertake humanitarian initiatives in favour of the Countries of ex Yugoslavia, after awarding, during the last few years, the “Premio Sarajevo” and the “Premio Internazionale Laboratorio Mediterraneo” to representatives of the world of culture, has instituted the “Premio Mediterraneo di Pace”, awarded this year to Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia.


A great figure of European anti-fascism and of the liberation war in the Balkans, Grigorov is the politician who, through his action and his prestige in the Yugoslav Federation, has been able to prevent the tragic “drift” experienced by similar European regimes. Through his action and his writings, he has always defended the principles of human rights, of the equality of citizens, of democratic expression, even when these ideas were accepted only by a very small minority of people.

This Prize intends to acknowledge the clear views, the political coherence and determination, the courage that Gligorov has always shown, since the establishment of the new Yugoslav situation after the war, in stating his guiding principles even when they were not in accordance with current policy. He is an example of these ideas and principles and has also been able to make Macedonia an example.

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Sarajevo Award 1997 to Izet Sarajlic

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The second edition of “Award Sarajevo”, instituted by the Mediterranean Foundation within the context of the 8th Alpe Adria Cinema Festival – Meetings with the Cinema of Middle-Eastern Europe, completes its “commemorative” phase dedicated to ex Yugoslavia awarding the Prize to the Bosnian poet Izet Sarajic’ and publishing his book “Il libro degli Addii”.

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Sarajevo Award 1996 to Abdulah Sidran

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The Mediterranean Laboratory Foundation of Naples and Alpe Adria Cinema of Trieste instituted, under the presidency of Predrag Matvejevic’, the Prize “Sarajevo, with the aim to acknowledge the work of a Bosnian artist.
In its first edition the Prize has been awarded to Abdulah Sidran, poet and scriptwriter who ranks high in the European literature of our time, thanks to his creative activity in the contemporary literary panorama of Bosnia and ex Yugoslavia.

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Birth and History

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The Mediterranean Award has developed as follows:

In 1996 and in 1997 the Fondazione Mediterraneo granted the Sarajevo Award to poets of the Balkanic area.

In 1998 were instituted the sections Peace, Culture and Laboratorio Mediterraneo International Award. The latter is granted every year to the best short film chosen by an international jury during the Trieste Film Festival (since 2010 this award has been Includeed in the section Mediterranean Cinema Award).

In 2001 was instituted the section Art and Creativity and the special edition of the Twenty year Anniversary of the Mediterranean Award in 2015 was instituted.

In 2002 were instituted the sections Diplomacy, Institutions, Media and "Silver Dolphin".

In 2003 were instituted the section Cinema, Mediterranean Award “Special Edition” (granted every two years to personalities and institutions which have given a great contribution to spreading culture and social solidarity) and “Medal Honour” of the Mediterranean Award (granted to institutions and individuals having distinguished themselves in the course of the year for the promotion of peace in the Greater Mediterranean).

In 2004 was instituted the section Science and Research.

In 2005 were instituted the sections Architecture and Euro‑Mediterranean Award for Dialogue between Cultures (the latter was instituted by Fondazione Mediterraneo in partnership with the “Anna Lindh” Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures – the Fondazione Mediterraneo being Head of its Italian Network).

In 2007 was instituted the section Mediterranean Book Award, acknowledgment granted for translation, publication, promotion, circulation of literary works on the two shores.

In 2008 was instituted the section Social Solidarity and in 2009 the section Environment and Co-Development.

In 2010 were instituted the sections Ambassador of the Mediterranean, Inter-Faith Dialogue, Economy and Enterprise, Energy and Sustainable Development, Cultural Heritage, Community Service, Civil Society.

In the same year it was also decided to dedicate three awards to the memory: “Raffaele Capasso” Mediterranean Award for Legality, “Angelo Vassallo” Mediterranean Award for Environment and Co-Development and “Rita Allamprese” Mediterranean Award for Children.

Since 2010 the Mediterranean Award is represented by theTotem for Peaceby the sculptor Mario Molinari.

In 2011 it was decided to dedicate the Mediterranean Award for Science and Research – instituted in 2004 – to the memory of Mario Condorelli.

In 2012 was instituted the section Mediterranean Award for Archeology to the memory of Marcello Gigante.