Maison des Alliances (EN)

The spreading of terrorism on a planetary scale, the stalemate of the peace-keeping process and the ecological risks impose concrete efforts to meet new challenges: political, cultural, economic, social and environmental ones.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has been concerned with these subjects, since 1994, working for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Union for the Mediterranean) and for the development of the relations between  Europe and the Arab World through actions aiming at promoting dialogue between the different cultures.

In order to strengthen relations and cooperation between Europe and the Arab World – especially at a moment when the global crisis and the increasing tensions in the Middle East risk to stop the dialogue started by social and institutional actors - it is indispensable to promote an organic reflection and to valorize the examples of good practices, so as to make the best use of the available resources.

For these reasons the Fondazione Mediterraneo – together with the League of the Arab States and other institutional partners from European and Arab World Countries - has decided to establish the Maison des Alliances,  whose  primary aim is to promote, in the global scene, the neighbourhood among the Peoples of Europe, of the Mediterranean and of the Arab World by dissemination of knowledge and of centuries-old historical-cultural  memories, in order to strengthen  community and solidarity feelings, as well as raising awareness of shared  values and interests.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo was host to eminent personalities from the world of culture, arts, science, politics and the armed forces on the occasion of the 2013 America’s Cup World Series.
The Maison des Alliances provided a unique panorama of the event, the walls of which record the last twenty years of its history of the Totem of Peace. The “Vela Rossa” (Red Sail) by Mario Molinari, has become the symbol of the America’s Cup in Naples.

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The Red Sail of the “Luna Rossa” – the Prada team – won the final of the 2013 America’s Cup 2013 in Naples.
The “Maison des Alliances” provided a unique vantage point with the “Totem for Peace”.

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The Russian stage director Andrei Konchalovsky, son of the composer who wrote the Russian National Anthem , visited the Maison des Alliances where he was welcomed by Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari.
 During the vist, he expressed his approval for the actions carried out there, declaring that “History breathed among its walls”.

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Professor architect Massimo Pica Ciamarra, with his wife Adriana, is a guest at the Maison des Alliances. On this occasion the programmatic hypotheses for the creation of an Institute dedicated to liveable cities were examined.

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This year, as every year, the Jury of the "Mare Nostrum Grimaldi Award ", presided over by  Folco Quilici met at the "Maison des Alliances". The winners of this section were: Domenico Barbati, Giovanni Russo, Spyridon Russos, Carlos Solito and  Riida Maamri.

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Irina BokovaUNESCO Director General, accompanied by her husband Kalin Mitrev, visited the “Maison des Alliances” where they were welcomed by Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari.
On that occasion, she expressed her appreciation for the “magical” places that has been host to Heads of State, Nobel Prize Winners and other high profile dignitaries, as well as its “enormous passion” for promoting dialogue and peace throughout the Mediterranean and the world.

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Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union and one of the most renowned Maghreb

Politicians was a guest at the “Maison des Alliances”. 
In a press statement released at the conclusion of his visit, he expressed his appreciation for the uniqueness of the Maison stating that it was a, “unique place for the creation of dialogue and peace and to confront the challenges of today’s problems in a calm and profound manner. It is a unique environment for leaders and decision-makers”.

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Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, Director General of ALECSO (the Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) was a guest at the “Maison des Alliances”.

In a press statement released at the conclusion of his visit, he expressed his appreciation for the Maison stating that it was a “special place in which to meet and create culture, as well as a place for dialogue that has produced and will continue to produce exceptional results for the Mediterranean and the world”.

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