SlowMed, mid-term overview in Beirut

Dec 23, 2014Cultural heritage promotion

Beirut meetingA “Slow Year” has just come to an end, but a new “Slower Year” is just about to begin. Not in terms of activities or results, but in terms of attitude. The mid-term overview of SlowMed brings a cohesive partnership and a project deeply rooted in all the countries involved. The meeting in Beirut also sealed this convergence of intents, while tracing a shared path beyond the specific features of each of the 6 countries involved. From December 15th to 17th, round tables and planning meetings were hosted by the local partner Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/AL-JANA in the Lebanese capital.

The starting point of this meeting was the experience in Alexandria, Egypt, where at the end of October the members of the Local Working Groups of the project gathered in order to discuss the research and future steps. Building on the reflections drawn in that context, the SlowMed partners discussed and fixed the next moves to make together. Starting from the regional events, that will be held in different moments from February to June in Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine and Spain, which will ensure continuity and the highest level of visibility, up to the International festival that will gather all project participants again in Portugal in the beginning of September. The discussion will deal with the progress of the research on Mediterranean Diet in the different regions, as well as on the approach to be adopted to arrange the workshops of food education to be held in schools. A busy schedule for another even “Slower Year”.

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For further information please contact the project coordinator, Alberto Biondo:

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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.