THE PREFECT OF NAPLES CLAUDIO PALOMBA VISITS THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE MUSEUM OF PEACE - MAMT

The Prefect of Naples H.E. Claudio Palomba - accompanied by the Provincial Commander of the Guardia di Finanza Gen. B. Gabriele Failla and Col. Giuseppe Garofalo - visited the Museum of Peace - MAMT and the seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and other international institutions (United States of the World, Accademia del Mediterraneo, Maison de la Méditerranée, Maison de la Paix, Euromedcity, Mediterranean Observatory on Organised Crime and Mafias, World Salesian Oratory, Anna Lindh Federation Italy, Maison des Alliances, Casa del Maghreb Arabo).
During the visit, the video of the Foundation's thirtieth anniversary was shown and the institutional process of the main activities for dialogue and peace was retraced.
Prefect Palomba expressed his appreciation for the activities carried out and for the Museum of Peace - MAMT, a world heritage site.

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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO WITH EUROMEDCITIES AND ANNA LINDH FEDERATION ITALY PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT "CITIES STAND WITH UKRAINE”

The Fondazione Mediterraneo with its "Euromedcities" section and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation with many of their respective members participated in the event for peace 'Cities stand with Ukraine' organised by Eurocities in Florence in Piazza Santa Croce, crowded with flags of peace and Ukraine.
A video with the recently deceased President of the European Parliament David Sassoli talking about Europe and peace, preceded by 17 bells, one for each day of the war in Ukraine, ringing from the basilica of Santa Croce opened the event.
About 20,000 people were in the square.
In his speech, delivered in 2019 in Florence on the occasion of the extraordinary city council meeting on "The legacy of Giorgio La Pira in today's Europe", Sassoli stressed: "When we have reached the end of the European construction, because we are still inside a building site and we have to send it on, we have to write a nice sign 'Work in progress' on it; when at the end the European construction will be finished and many walls will have collapsed and so much nationalist spirit will vanish to bring out how beautiful it is to feel Italian, but without this nationalist spirit that makes you be separate and different and divided from others, what will there be at the end? Europe will be our cities," he added, "and Florence will have an advantage because it has had a wealth of experience and knowledge. And it will know where to take the world and help it to grow. And to live in peace".
"This war was not started by us, this is the cynical and cruel invasion by Russia, this is the war against the Ukrainian people". This was stated by Volodymyr Zelenskyj, President of Ukraine, speaking via video link to the Eurocities event in Florence. "I greet all the friends of Ukraine, of Europe all friends of freedom I know that today you are that over 100 thousand in different squares of different cities we Ukrainians are grateful". Russian armed forces have surrounded Ukrainian cities and want to destroy them. They bomb 24 hours a day, they bomb clinics, churches, squares, which are like yours," Zelensky added. "This war is not only against Ukrainians but against the values that unite us, against our way of life" in the West. "Tell your politicians to close the skies of Ukraine", "from rockets, from Russian planes, from missiles": this is the strong appeal of the president of Ukraine, to the square in Florence. Thunderous and long applause broke out in Piazza Santa Croce as the President of Ukraine spoke from Kiev. The connection had two brief interruptions but was quickly restored. "We must stand together in the European Community, it is important for Ukraine," he said.

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THE FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN THE EVENT "CITIES STAND WITH UKRAINE"

The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, the Director of the Museum of Peace Pia Molinari and other members of the institution took part in the event "Cities stand with Ukraine", organised by the Municipality of Naples as part of the initiative of Eurocities, an organisation comprising the mayors of the main European cities.
The sun of Naples like that of Odessa, the Ukrainian coastal city where the most famous Neapolitan song in the world was composed: 'O Sole Mio'. Its notes resounded on the sunny Saturday morning in Piazza Municipio, in front of the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Peace Museum, at the foot of the "Totem for Peace", symbol of the United States of the World.
Many associations wanted to show their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and their longing for peace, including Arci, Anpi and Acli.
The mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, and his councillors did the honours.
After hugging the Ukrainian consul Maksym Kovalenko, present in the square with his wife and two children, Manfredi asked for "clear rules" on reception: "We expect clear indications from the Ministry of the Interior and the Region on the organisational front. Let's think about the issue of the reception of minors. We have a large number of minors arriving, many of whom are unaccompanied. This is followed by the issue of school integration. These are two critical aspects that need to be defined quickly".
Gilda Sportiello and Alessandro Amitrano, MPs, but above all the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, and the party leader, Giuseppe Conte, were also present in the square. "We must be able to find a way to peace. In these conditions - Fico proposed - everyone has to give up something. I am convinced that an immediate ceasefire is needed and that Moscow must recognise Kiev's independence and constitution. And that Kiev starts to speak about permanent neutrality with respect to NATO.  Then we can address the subsequent issues. But we need to start with the building blocks that lead to peace".
On war, President Capasso recalled the thirty-year commitment of the Fondazione Mediterraneo for peace, the Appeal launched a few weeks ago and signed by thousands of people in the world: "Only the United States of the World will be able to ensure serenity by fighting pandemics and avoiding wars. One problem is the lack of competent Statesmen with a sense of the Common Good".
The event concluded with a tour of the square in front of the Museum of Peace by citizens and institutional and political authorities, unrolling a red banner at least forty metres long, to symbolise "the blood spilt uselessly because of violence, in this case an ignominious war".

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THE DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY GLASS ART OF ALCORCON VISITS THE MUSEUM OF PEACE - MAMT

A meeting took place between the director of the Museum of Contemporary Glass Art of Alcorcón Maria Luisa Martinez and the director of the Museum of Peace - MAMT Pia Molinari.

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I FILANDARI: OIL FOR PEACE

On the occasion of the "Musics for Peace" event, there was the presentation of the "I Filandari" collection, high quality olive oil since 1896, which the Museum of Peace will promote.
Artist Ciccio Merolla, who was surrounded by representatives of the company, expressed his satisfaction.

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THE FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN THE EVENT OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF NAPLES ON CULTURE

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Federation participated in the Mercadante Theatre - adjacent to the seat of the Fondazione and the Museum of Peace MAMT - in the presentation to the City of Naples of the new guidelines for the cultural policy of Naples and its metropolitan area, outlining the course for the coming years and defining the nine strategic priorities that will inspire the work of the Administration.
Three actions are already in the pipeline: the development of a structure, under exclusive public ownership, capable of caring for, protecting, maintaining and enhancing cultural sites; the upgrading of municipal libraries; and the strengthening of the music sector aimed at consolidating the role of 'Naples as a city of music'.
A month of discussion awaits us. Ideas from the world of culture will be collected and will integrate and enrich the operational programme.
TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 2022 - 2026 CULTURE PLAN, YOU CAN SUBMIT A PROPOSAL BY FILLING IN THE FORM AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://www.comune.napoli.it/culturanapoli2022-2026-proposte

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PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK "VIRGINIA COLOMBATI MAESTRA DI BEL CANTO" BY ANDREA ZEPPONI (Marsilio publisher)

The presentation of the book "Virginia Colombati, maestra di belcanto" by Andrea Zepponi (Marsilio Editore) took place in the "Sala Palestina" of the Museo della Pace MAMT - in full compliance with the anti-Covid 19 rules.
Speakers with the author were Michele Capasso, Giovanni Battista Digon and Elisabetta Lombardi. The musicologist Simone Di Crescenzo sent a message.
Speakers included representatives from the world of music, politics and institutions.
A concert was held in honour of Virginia Colombati with soprano Anna Corvino - accompanied by Maestro Giovanni Battista Digon.
Ciccio Merolla and Valentina Crimaldi Zurzolo performed "Music for Peace".

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ADELAIDE CUCINIELLO AT "MUSIC FOR PEACE" EVENT

Adelaide Cuciniello took part in the "Music for Peace" event held in the Museum of Peace - MAMT as part of the initiatives for peace in Ukraine and the rest of the world.
Among the other artists who performed were: Andrea Zepponi, Anna Corvino, Ciccio Merolla, Valentina Crimaldi Zurzolo.

MUSEUM OF PEACE: MUSICIANS AND SINGERS VISIT THE SECTION DEDICATED TO PINO DANIELE

On the occasion of the presentation of the book "Virginia Colombati maestra di belcanto", the participants visited the section of the museum dedicated to Pino Daniele and expressed their appreciation for the initiative and the motions received.
Sandro Pezzoli and Andrea Zepponi stayed in Pino Daniele's studio and were visibly impressed by the atmosphere and the songs played.

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MUSIC FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

A Peace Concert dedicated to Ukraine was held at the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
The speakers were:
Anna Corvino (soprano), Giovanni Battista Rigon (piano), Ciccio Merolla (percussion), Valentina Crimaldi Zurzolo, Adelaide Cuciniello (singer).

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