By : JD
Jordan Daily – Alexandria, Egypt, and Tirana, Albania, will be the first-ever Mediterranean Capitals of Culture and Dialogue in 2025. The initiative, endorsed by the UfM’s 43 Member States, seeks to honour the region’s diversity while also promoting mutual understanding with a yearlong programme of cultural and educational activities in each city.
At the heart of the Balkans and a crossroad of civilisations, Tirana is a testament to the coexistence of cultures, religions, and historical influences across the Mediterranean, while Alexandria, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, has a long history of supporting intellectual and cultural creativity.
The cities strive to deepen intercultural dialogue, promote the values of tolerance and respect, and create opportunities for cultural exchanges, making them the ideal locations for the launch of the initiative.
UfM Secretary General Nasser Kamel said: “In an era of divisive politics and tragic conflicts, the Mediterranean Capitals initiative is proof of the power of culture to build bridges and promote much-needed dialogue. While it is important to acknowledge the differences that make us unique, now more than ever we must find beauty, resilience, and strength in our shared identity as Mediterraneans. The region has limitless potential, but only together can we truly flourish.”
HRH Rym Ali, Anna Lindh Foundation President, added: “At this important turning point in the history of our Euro-Mediterranean region, we are very pleased to announce Tirana and Alexandria as the Mediterranean Capitals of Culture and Dialogue for 2025. This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards fostering Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Congratulations to Tirana and Alexandria for leading the way in this crucial endeavour in the midst of challenging times.”
In the framework of this initiative, every year, two cities from the North and the South will be selected as Mediterranean Capitals of Culture and Dialogue. Applications for the 2026 edition are open until July 7, 2024. More information about the call for applications can be found here.