Nov 6, 2014Cultural heritage promotion

SlowMed-Pharos-UniversityNow they have faces and voices to be remembered, together with their hands filthy of food or busy in shooting a video-recipe for a particular dish. This way, under the Egyptian sun of Alexandria, between the shelves of Biliotheca Alexandrina and the kitchens of Pharos University, SlowMed felt the spirit of a creative intercultural project involving six Euro-Mediterranean countries. It is no longer made up just by the regional research, digging deep into each culinary tradition to preserve and highlight it: today, it is also about the aspect of comparison and challenge – with the Mediterranean Diet being the final winner – representing a crucial part of Slowmed. This way, exchanging ideas and recipes, the international meeting took place from the 26th to the 30th October in Alexandria, Egypt, gathering over 70 people from  the two sides of Mediterranean Sea.

During three intense working days the participants introduced themselves to their peers, making a self-description to tell something about their food and vice versa. This way, we can see the faces of the Spanish Ana and the Italian Vincenzo, of Catarina from Portugal and the Libanese Sharif, of Sameh from Egypt and Haya from Palestine, as well as all the others Mediterranena Diet and Culture lovers belonging to the six involved national groups. A collection of sounds and images from each country was made in order to show everyone’s own Slowmed story to the others. This path was combined with the introductions to the Mediterranean Diet and the concept of intangible heritage by doctors, sociologists and experts.

However, it was right at the Pharos University that Slowmed community became the main character during the parallel meetings devoted to the different positions foreseen by the project: while nutritionists and food communicators were developing a first draft of the book of recipes for food education, and video-makers and scene directors confronted each other on the script of each documentary on Mediterranean Diet, chefs put it into practice cooking the dishes they had chosen to represent their own culinary tradition: a real party filled with colors and flavors to celebrate this international meeting, which also received the Expo 2015 patronage.

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The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (

This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of  Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or of the Programme’s management structures.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

The project “Slow Food as a means of dialogue in the Mediterranean contexts – SlowMed”, coordinated by Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci, has a total budget of 1.054.598,60 Euro, co-financed for 90% by European Union (ENPI CBC MED Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme), through the programm European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.