CULTURE MEETS MAYORAL CANDIDATES: GAETANO MANFREDI

The Neapolitan world of culture met the various candidates for Mayor of Naples. On September 21, 2021, a meeting was held at the FOQUS Foundation with Prof. Gaetano Manfredi.
In his long speech, President Michele Capasso recalled Prof. Manfredi's recent visit to the Museum of Peace - MAMT and stressed the need for Naples to "fly high".
"Naples - he said - has a great opportunity that can find concrete development if we work with competence and sense of Common Good".

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THE MUSEUM REMEMBERS RAFFAELE CAPASSO ON THE THIRTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of his death, the MAMT - Museum of Peace remembers Raffaele Capasso, Mayor of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio for 35 years and an example of a politician dedicated to the "Common Good".
Appreciation for the work done by Mayor Capasso was expressed by many visitors: among them Emma Bonino, Benedetto Dalla Vedova and many others who stressed the importance of "Politics" with a capital "P".
For this occasion, a special edition of the book "IL VIAGGIO DEL SIGNOR NIENTE" dedicated to Raffaele Capasso was distributed to the candidates for Mayor of Naples.

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THE FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE EMOTIONAL VIDEO "PINO E' TERRA MIA".

On the occasion of the inauguration of the travelling exhibition "PINO DANIELE ALIVE" - in the presence, among others, of the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini - the Fondazione Mediterraneo presented at the Museum of Peace - MAMT the preview of the emotional video "PINO È TERRA MIA".
The video contains, among other things, the main testimonies of visitors, young people and colleagues visiting the "PINO DANIELE ALIVE" section of the Museum of Peace: from Ornella Vanoni to Clementino, from Tullio De Piscopo to Peppe Lanzetta, from Dario Franceschini to Giorgio Verdelli.
This video was made on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, which saw the adhesion of many countries to the project "UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD" promoted by the Fondazione since 1990 and inspired by GUSTAVO ROL: the protagonists are the young people of all countries together to share knowledge and fight the enemies often created by ourselves (wars, pandemics, social injustice, destruction of creation, climate change, etc.). The Fondazione Mediterraneo is "preserving" the heritage of the United States of the World, which is not only the environment, monuments, archaeology, art, etc. but also - and above all - the legacy of great protagonists that deserves to be handed down as an example to the new generations. For Naples, the Foundation has proposed - among others - Totò, Eduardo, Enrico Caruso, Massimo Troisi and Pino Daniele: and it is precisely on the latter that this film was made, which also includes some of the testimonies of visitors and fellow musicians and singers visiting the section of the Museum of Peace - MAMT dedicated to him.
The title "PINO E' TERRA MIA" is intended to testify to the profound and indissoluble bond between the great musician and Naples: the city of a thousand colours that still requires a strong commitment to becoming once again a great capital capable of "Thinking European" and "Breathing Mediterranean". Directed by Michele Capasso, it is a story that unfolds through testimonies, news reports and archive footage that draw a distinctive portrait of the man and the musician. The video was made with the contribution of the Campania Region (UOD 01 - Promotion and enhancement of Museums and Libraries - E.F. 2021).

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FROM THE MUSEUM OF PEACE TO PORTA CAPUANA: "PINO DANIELE ALIVE" BECOMES A TRAVELLING EXHIBITION

The press conference for the presentation of the travelling exhibition "PINO DANIELE ALIVE" was held in the cloister of Santa Caterina a Porta Capuana.
Among those present were the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, Alessandro Daniele (Pino Daniele trust onlus) and Michele Capasso, president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.
Among the journalists present were Giorgio Verdelli, Federico Vacalebre, Gianni Valentino and others.
Alessandro Daniele pointed out at the opening that the permanent exhibition is that of the Museum of Peace - MAMT, reminding the minister that it was precisely the agreement between Pino Daniele and Michele Capasso that made possible a unique and unrepeatable section of the Museum.
"This exhibition is something else, it is above all photography and I thank Guido Arari, Mimmo Jodice and the other photographers who have portrayed my father in various eras - said Alessandro - and it aims to bring Pino's music among young people in order to pass on his emotions and feelings".
Minister Franceschini recalled the value of Pino's music, which has distinguished several generations, hoping that Naples could host a high-level international music festival.
With President Capasso, the Minister recalled visits to the Museum and the importance of the World Heritage Site.
President Capasso told some journalists about the upcoming realization of the emotional video of the Museum entitled "Pino is Terramia", heritage of the United States of the World.
During the presentation Enzo Avitabile and the students of the conservatory of Naples and Milan performed.

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THE CONSUL GENERAL OF MOROCCO VISITS THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO

The Consul General of Morocco in Naples, Naji Abdelkader, visited the seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
Welcomed by President Michele Capasso, the diplomat expressed his appreciation for the Foundation's thirty years of action in favour of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and, in particular, for the Marrakech seat and all the initiatives carried out since 1998 with the support of the late King Hassan II and the current King Mohammed VI.
On this occasion, rare books on Islam were shown and the video of the Foundation's thirtieth anniversary dedicated to the recently deceased Moroccan member Said Margoul was viewed.

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THE FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN THE G20 INTERFAITH FORUM

The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the Interfaith Forum held in Bologna (12-14 September 2021). The event saw the participation of religious leaders from 70 countries engaged in 32 working sessions, thanks to the technical coordination of the Foundation for Religious Sciences (FSCIRE) of which Prof. Alberto Melloni is the current secretary.
"The fact that Prime Minister Mario Draghi has personally attended an event dedicated to interreligious dialogue seems to me to be a significant sign of the institutional sensitivity of our government towards dialogue and knowledge between religions," said the president of COREIS, Imam Yahya Pallavicini, on the sidelines of a meeting with Draghi in which the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartolomeo also took part.
The premier's attention was also confirmed by his speech, which, after retracing some key events of interreligious dialogue on the Catholic side, such as the Declaration Nostra Aetate and the ecumenical meeting in Assisi in 1986, also mentioned the initiatives of the Islamic world, such as the document "A Common Word Between Us and You: Love for God and for Our Neighbor," the letter signed in 2007 by 138 scholars of the Islamic world, including Imam Pallavicini, sent to all the authorities of Christianity in the world.
"Religion must be a message of love," the Italian Prime Minister concluded in this sense.
Also yesterday, September 14, a number of sessions were held that put at the same table our Italian institutions and some of the most authoritative voices of the Islamic world at the international level. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi talked with Salim al Malik, the Director General of ICESCO (Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), while the Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese discussed social cohesion with the Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, the Undersecretary for Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Mohammed Al-Mamari, and the President of the World Council of Islamic Communities, Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, from the United Arab Emirates.
There was a unanimous call for a clear distinction between authentic religions and their blasphemous exploitation for the purposes of personal hegemonies and armed struggles between factions.
During the three days of meetings there were also moments of meditation, especially on the first evening, September 11, when the prayers recited by the religious guides were addressed to all the victims who suffered atrocities in the places of worship of Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Places of worship that, as has been repeatedly stated, should instead be only spaces to be defended and preserved as instruments of contemplation, comfort and Peace.

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AT THE MUSEUM OF PEACE THE TWENTY YEAR OF 11 SEPTEMBER

A commemorative ceremony was held at the Museum of Peace to mark the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York and other sites.
The significant moments of the day were broadcasted on the video wall in connection with the USA.
President Capasso stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation to avoid the recurrence of such tragedies.
"The United States of the World - he concluded - is the only solution".

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OMCOM AWARD 2021

The awards ceremony took place on 5 September at 11:00, during an event in Florence, in the presence of Giuseppe Antoci and Salvatore Calleri, in the garden named after “Nonno Nino” as everyone likes to remember.
The Omcom winners are Alessio Ribaudo, Cecilia Sandroni and Gianni Scarpace for information, Walter Ganapini for the environment and Gerardo Mastrodomenico for legality.
This year one of the winners was Cecilia Sandroni (in connection from Venice to the Film Festival), the only woman awarded today, for her commitment in denouncing environmental crime active in the Val di Cornia and Tuscany area. She is an international journalist of culture and human rights, founder of the ItaliensPR international platform and member of the Foreign Press of Rome.
September 5 is a significant date as it celebrates the 101st anniversary of the birth of the magistrate Antonino Caponnetto, symbol of the anti-mafia. With this recognition we intend to honor the incisive and daily work in defense of information
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THE FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN THE "INCANTO MEDITERRANEO" EVENT

The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the "Incanto Mediterraneo" event held on Saturday 4 September 2021. A special day lived in the heart of the Cilento National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the company of cultural excursions, live music and tastings.
This event - says the president Capasso - is part of the cultural enhancement path of the village of Vatolla, a place where one of the finest typical products of our region is produced: the Vatolla onion.
On this occasion the emotional video "Cilento: Timeless Emotions" was presented
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PROF. GAETANO MANFREDI VISITING THE MUSEUM OF PEACE - MAMT

Welcomed by President Michele Capasso, Alessandro Daniele and other members of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi visited part of the Museum of Peace - MAMT and the "Pino Daniele Alive" section.
"This institution is a reference for Naples, Italy and Europe. When one speaks of the Mediterranean, one immediately thinks of the Foundation with its more than thirty years of activity made possible thanks to an important institutional network which I joined as Rector of the Federico II University. The section on Pino Daniele is extraordinary, it provokes a strong emotion to see his guitars, records and many personal memories. We need to share more and more the memory to preserve and enhance our soul".
These are some of Prof. Manfredi's considerations at the end of the visit.
President Michele Capasso - as well as the other candidates for the Naples City Council - showed some parts of the video of the Foundation's thirtieth anniversary and gave Prof. Manfredi a reprint of the book "THE JOURNEY OF THE LORD NOTHING" - dedicated to his father Raffaele Capasso, who was mayor of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio for 40 years and the architect of the country's reconstruction - and of the book "NAPLES THE METROPOLITAN CITY".

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