Totem for Peace

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo – an international non-profit Organisation of Social Utility (Onlus) created in 1994 by Michele Capasso with specialists and internationally recognised scholars on the Euro-Mediterranean area, politicians of international organisations and diplomats involved in peace-building – realised important initiatives in favour of peace and shared development: among these, the creation in Naples of the “Maison de la Paix – Casa Universale delle Culture”. Many Countries and international organisations such as the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the  Mediterranean, the League of Arab States, the International Organisation for Migrations, the “Anna Lindh” Euro-Mediterranean Foundation joined this project.

The “Totem for Peace”, artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari, is the symbol of the “Maison de la Paix – Casa Universale delle Culture” and it represents Peace in the World and, especially, in the Greater Mediterranean: the aim of the Fondazione Mediterraneo is to spread this universal symbol to constitute the network of the “Cities for Peace in the World”.

The sculptor Mario Molinari was a famous artist, sensitive to peace and dialogue among cultures, as it is witnessed in his works and life.

The cultural project "Totem for Peace" is carried out around the world by Michele Capasso: since 1990 he voted his life to the creation of a dialogue as an instrument for the resolution of conflicts, combining his internationally experience in social and intercultural fields with his professional carreer as architect and engineer.

The sail represents the travel, the sea. Our Sea which has been the cradle of civilisation, not only theatre of clashes and battles among peoples but also theatre of exchanges of goods and knowledge. A sea, celebrated in the myth, where Ulysses got lost, wandering in his desperate research of a way back. The sail tainted in red, at dawn and sunset, at leaving and return, following the constant rhythm of the Universe.




The Mediterranean artists (Eugenio Bennato (Italy), Mohammed Ezzaime El Alaoui (Morocco), M’Barka Ben Taleb (Tunisia), Jamal Ouassini (Morocco), Pietra Montecorvino (Italy), Sakina Al Azami (Morocco), Mohammed Ezzaime El Alaoui (Morocco), Abbes (Algeria), Omar Benlamlih (Morocco), Driss Mouih (Morocco), Vagheli Merkuris (Greece),Tangeri Caffé Orchestra and the Orchestra Popolare del Sud) played at the Euromediterranean Concert for the Dialogue among Cultures in Gaeta, wearing the t-shirts of peace, reproducing the “Totem for Peace” and the description of its meaning. The stage was set up with the logos of the “Totem for Peace”.

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During the inauguration of the first "Totem for Peace", Fondazione Mediterraneo distributed the "T-shirts of Peace", reproducing the "totem" by the sculptor Molinari and the meaning of the Totem as a universal symbol of peace.

Godmother of the event was the minister Stefania Prestigiacomo, visiting the stand of Fondazione Mediterraneo.


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The Red Sail of the Totem for Peace started its travel: from Gaeta to the Vesuvius, from Sarajevo to Jerusalem, from Fez to Rutino, from Santiago de Compostela to Cairo...

The Minister Prestigiacomo, together with the undersecretary Giorgetti and the archbishop mons. Fabio Bernardo D’Onorio has simbolically delivered the "Totem for Peace" to the delegates of cities and institutions where the Totem will be realized: the ambassador of Bosnia-Erzegovina Branko Kesic; the mayors of Rutino Michele Voria and of Vernole Mario Mangione; the rector of the Sannio University Filippo Bencardino.

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