The Sabir Festival, a widespread, mobile event, a space for reflections on Mediterranean alternatives in the symbolic places of Europe, arrives in Lecce, for its fifth edition, after those held in Lampedusa (1-5 October 2014), in Pozzallo (11- May 15, 2016), in Syracuse (11-14 May 2017) and Palermo (11-14 October 2018).
The Festival is promoted by ARCI together with Caritas Italiana, ACLI and CGIL, with the collaboration of Asgi, A Buon Diritto and Carta di Roma. The Festival will take place under the patronage of ANCI, RAI, the Puglia Region, Unisalento, the Province of Lecce and the Municipality of Lecce.
The temporal location - from 16 to 19 May - allows us a strong reference to reflection on Europe and its role in the Mediterranean. This edition will maintain the same formula that characterized the previous ones, articulated in international meetings and formations, which will alternate with cultural activities, interactive, musical, theatrical workshops, book presentations, creating a dynamism such as to arouse the interest of both the local population , that of the national one and who, also from abroad, has chosen to participate in the Festival.
The presence of numerous representatives of civil society from the two shores of the Mediterranean and international networks - Solidar, Migreurop, EuroMedRights, TNI, Attac France, European Civic Forum, Attac International, the Majalat project, among others - will allow us to continue thinking about the urgent need for a real political, cultural and social alternative in the Mediterranean basin, calling into question some pillars promoted by institutions across Europe, centered on the control and criminalization of immigration, without any interest in human rights and social justice .
The novelty of the fifth edition of the Festival will be the "Mediterranean lessons" which will develop as insights on specific themes related to the Mediterranean, its history, its traditions and its culture and the Mediterranean Market in collaboration with the Slow Food Foundation for the Biodiversity.
The lessons, held by national and international experts and teachers from both sides, will be the backdrop for the Festival, to stimulate the local community and beyond, to a broad reflection on Europe and its role in the Mediterranean. The market will host producers both local and from all over the Mediterranean basin.
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