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).



Mediterranean Award "Institutions"
to the Island of Lampedusa
represented by the Mayor Salvatore Martello, Italy

The Island of Lampedusa represents an example of integration and coexistence between men and women of different faiths, cultures, origins. The phenomenon of migration has made the inhabitants of Lampedusa protagonists of a "New Humanism" that Pope Francis himself, in his historic visit to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013, indicated as the only way to counter the "Globalization of indifference".
The Mayor Salvatore Martello represents the example of this humanism: in the meeting with Pope Francis on 10 September 2020 he gave the pontiff a cross made by a Lampedusan craftsman with the wood of the migrant boats and a t-shirt with the words "I am fisherman ".
Pope Francis recalled on this occasion the importance of remaining human by remaining united: “When even in an ocean two ideas that survive the waves meet, something extraordinary can be born”.
In recognition of the capacity of reception, help and integration of the Lampedusans towards migrants, which always manifested itself and even in tragic situations, the juries of the "Mediterranean Prize", symbolically met on 3 October 2020 - anniversary of the Lampedusa massacre in which hundreds of migrants - awarded to the Island of Lampedusa, represented by the Mayor Salvatore Martello, the "MEDITERRANEAN AWARD 2020 INSTITUTIONS"

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 08 october 2020

Mediterranean Award "City of Dialogue"
to Vincenzo Latina
Architect, Italy

The Mediterranean Award "City of Dialogue" for architecture was awarded to the environmental rehabilitation and restoration project of the former Lampedusa quarry by Vincenzo Latina which, alongside the functional and structural recovery of a quarry, offers a museum of memory with of the history of the island and those of the contemporary tragedy linked to migration.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 08 october 20208

Mediterranean Award "City of Dialogue" - (special mention)
to Francesco Scardaccione and Ishimoto Europe
Architect, European Headquarters, Italy

The special mention of the Jury was assigned to the project of the Faculty of Engineering at San Giovanni a Teduccio in Naples because it inserts a highly valuable function in the eastern area of the Neapolitan coast, redeeming its decay and contributing to the socio-economic revitalization of the neighborhood.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 08 october 2020

Mediterranean Award "City of Dialogue" - (mention)
to Pasquale Tierno
Architect, Italy

The mention was assigned to the project of an urban theater in Calvanico (Sa) by Pasquale Tierno which gives new sense and urban vitality to a residual area of the town through a small urban theater that infiltrates the pre-existing fabric creating a meeting place and exchange.

Awarding Ceremony
Naples, 08 october 2020

The "Mediterranean Award Raffaele Capasso for legality" was awarded to the "LIBERA" Association represented by Don Luigi Ciotti.
The ceremony took place in the Prefecture of Chieti in the presence of prefect Giacomo Barbato, president Michele Capasso, Pia Molinari and civil, military and religious authorities.
Don Ciotti thanked for the recognition pointing out that its value is that of "We", as it is assigned to all men and all women who with the "LIBERA" association fight every day against the mafia and for the legality.

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The international Jury - composed of no less than 3 and no more than 5 members, most of them not architects - will complete its work by 10 July 2020 for the awarding of the Prizes (one for each category) and possible mentions.
The Jury has the faculty to assign "special mentions" to selected interventions, by itself, that is, not among the nominations received.

  • Prof. Abdelhak Azzouzi, International relations and political sciences (Morocco)
  • Prof. Pasquale Belfiore, architect (Italy)
  • Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, former Minister of Culture (Tunisia)
  • Prof. Jorge Cruz Pinto, architect (Portogallo)
  • Prof. Eugenio Mazzarella, philosopher (Italy)

The "Medal of Honor Institutions" of the MEDITERRANEAN AWARD was awarded by the international juries to General Pasquale Angelosanto, commander of the Carabinieri Special Operations Group (ROS).
The award was presented by the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and by the President of the Caponnetto Foundation Salvatore Calleri in the presence of representatives from various countries and institutions.

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The "Medal of Honor for Culture" of the MEDITERRANEAN AWARD was awarded by international juries to Annella Prisco, writer and cultural worker.
The award was presented by the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso after having read a comment on the work of the writer by journalist Massimo Milone, director of Rai Vaticano, unable to attend.
Representatives of various countries and institutions attended the ceremony.

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