The SouthMed CV Regional Conference was held under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, on 3 and 4 December 2017 at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman, Jordan. The conference brought together representatives of 30 cultural projects sub-granted by SouthMed CV during the past 2 years, as well as local public authorities, cultural practitioners, artists, academics, international experts in the field of culture and development, and representatives of the EU and of the embassies of the Southern Mediterranean countries in Jordan.
During the conference, two different panels reflecting on the culture as a vector for development in the Southern Mediterranean region with the participation of experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region were held. The key note speeches were delivered by Oussama Rifahi, Board member of AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and Ferdinand Richard, Chairman of Roberto Cimetta Fund.
Moreover, group discussions among the SouthMed CV sub-grantees, speakers and the audience on cross border cooperation to foster the emergence of citizen platforms, new models for public-private partnerships, culture as an instrument to lead changes, creative economy in the Southern Mediterranean region, among other issues, took place. The conclusions of the working groups were shared in the plenary session that took place on the second day of the conference.
The SouthMed CV Final Conference, organised under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and in partnership with the Fine Arts Centre – BOZAR, took place on 10 April 2018 at BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium. The conference provided the opportunity to call upon the EU to continue supporting culture, diversity and development in the Southern Mediterranean region.
The conference included a closed session, attended by H.R.H. Princess Wijdan Bint Fawwaz Al Hashemi, deputizing for H.M. Queen Noor Al Hussein, who delivered a keynote addressed to the attendees. The conference brought together the SouthMed CV consortium, representatives of the European Commission and of the embassies of the Southern Mediterranean countries in Belgium alongside experts and cultural operators from Europe, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine.
In the afternoon, an open event addressed to the general public in Brussels with presentations of sub-granted projects, their impact and relevance in the Southern Mediterranean region, was organised.
During the conference, the book MAHATTAT was presented and distributed. The book gives an account of the cultural dynamics that animated the southern shore of the Mediterranean from 2015 to 2018 through the prism of the SouthMed CV project.