THE MAISON DE LA PAIX

 

CASA UNIVERSALE DELLE CULTURE

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.

 

During a meeting with Ida Collu, President of the National Body for the Deaf and Urbano Stenta, functionary of the Foreign Office, cooperation with the Fondazione Mediterraneo was agreed upon for the creation of a Union of the Deaf in the Greater Mediterranean and for holding the Summit of the Deaf of the Mediterranean, in Naples, with the objective of creating Mediterranean solidarity.

On 26th February at the offices of the Fondazione Valenzi, Carlo Puca’s new book “Tengo Famiglia”, published by Aliberti Editore, was presented. The speakers were the President of the Campania Region, Stefano Caldoro, the Provincial Secretary of the PD, Enzo Amendola, the Director of "il Denaro", Alfonso Ruffo and the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso.

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The first of the four gates of the city of Naples has been opened. Porta San Gennaro, the oldest gate according to tradition, reopened, restored, on the day dedicated to the Jubilee for Naples, following an initiative of Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, for the renaissance of the city. “It is the gate of sharing, of solidarity - said Pepe - we are opening the gate to let in justice, to reconsign Naples to its inhabitants in the vestages of civil cohabitation”.

After the opening of Porta San Gennaro, the simulacrum of which was made in papier-maché by children from Procida, a long torchlight parade followed the city streets, finishing at the Cathedral.

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From a study carried out by "Think Thanks", a research and communications company lead by Lucio Iaccarino, and published in the newsletter "Grazie del Pensiero", the Fondazione Mediterraneo, together with the Fondazioni SUDD, Mezzogiorno Europa, IDIS-Città della Scienza and Teatro San Carlo, were in the first 5 of Naples City and Province, from 183 accredited organisations, for transparency, content and interactivity.

A result - claims President Capasso - made possible by the strong interaction with the territory which, since 1998, has seen the setting up of thematic bureaux developing the partnerships between the collectivities of Naples and the Province and  the Euromediterranean countries.

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