Meeting of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament

Published: 03/12/2011


Meeting of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament

Saturday 3rd December 2011

Museum of Byzantine Culture, 11:00-17:00


The State Museum of Contemporary Art within the framework of the parallel programme of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art organises the Meeting of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament, on the 3rd of December, from 11:00 till 17:00, at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, with the support of Love Difference Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute in Thessaloniki.

In a world suffering of unprecedented conflicts and  instability, at a turning point in history affecting the peoples of the Mediterranean causing social, political and economical turmoil and losing fundamental values and principles that certain times evolve into fundamentalisms, the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament, an initiative of Michelangelo Pistoletto, affirms that art is the source of a new humanism, which generates actions and attitudes based on the principles of responsibility and sincere commitment towards the society, the so called ARTIVISM.

The Mediterranean today is experiencing severe problems deriving from the history, the contradictions and the potential of the area.  The conflicts, the wars and the deep economical, social, political and environmental crises are affecting dangerously both the region and the mankind at large. At the same time, nonetheless, it is also the place where the foundations of a shared future based on intercultural communication can be cast.

The Mediterranean Cultural Parliament promotes also the idea of the foundation of a Citizen’s Parliament which will contribute to: the development of a common language, the construction and promotion of a flexible and progressive network, the linking of art, culture and creativity with everyday life, the development of a cultural management platform for the exchange of experiences and good practices and for the promotion of production, mobility and innovation. The Parliament’s vision is based on the respect of each other, on reciprocity, on true and effective participation, on direct engagement, as well as on the freedom of expression and association.

The Mediterranean Cultural Parliament sets culture in the centre of the contemporary political framework, as an antidote to authoritarianism and to any sort of fundamentalism, taking into consideration the responsibility towards the future generations, and participating actively in all those movements that are building new political, economic and cultural relations that support the peace and solidarity in the Mediterranean.





Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

Introduction: Katerina Koskina, President of the board of the State Museum of Contemporary Art


Part A



Michelangelo Pistoletto, President of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament,

The Mediterranean Cultural Parliament


Rasheed Araeen, artist

The Mediterranean University of Sardinia (A Proposal)- “The Present Crisis of European Identity and Its Historical Causes”


Gennaro Migliore, Head of Communication and Cultural affairs for Sinistra Ecologia e Libertá

“Multiplying the looks, a Mediterranean approach”


Dr Byron Pissalidis, specialising in Intercultural Communication and Multicultural Management and former Director of the Centre of Intercultural Communication and Logos

Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean Zone: the case of Italy and Greece”


Conversation:  13:30 – 14:00

Coffee break: 14:00 - 15:00



Part B


Open conversation with the public and meeting of the members and collaborators of the MCP for its actions and the activity of other institutions related to the Mediterranean Culture, with the participation of Anastassia Makridou-Bretonneau- Bureau des compétences et désirs, Filippo Fabbrica - Love Difference, Marilena Ioannides- Gasteraea (NPO) Cyprus etc.


The meeting will close with the opening of the exhibition ‘Literati’ at Moni Lazariston, at 19.30, with works and installations of the prominent Russian artists Andrei Filippov, Yuri Albert and Konstantin Zvezdochetov, as part of the guest events programme of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.


The Meeting of the Mediterranean Cultural Parliament is part of the parallel programme of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (general title: “Old Intersections-Make it New”, duration: 18.09-18.12.2011) which is organized by the museums-members of the “5 Museums Movement in Thessaloniki” (Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Teloglion Foundation of Art AUTH). The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is funded under the Operational Programme Macedonia-Thrace 20-07-2013 of NSRF, implemented by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and is part of the “Thessaloniki: Cultural Crossroads” programme by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, focusing on Middle East on 2011. The project is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).




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