Intercultural Dialogue Festival – East-West Cultural Meeting – 2010-2011

1st Arab World Festival of Corfu, organised on 1-6 April 2011


  • The festival reference point was the Arab Tent “Jaima” where Arab storytelling was held for young and older by storytellers together with readings from Arabic literary works by Corfiot artists and writers.
  • The main event at the Festival was the two-day (3-4 April) International Conference on “The journey: From Odysseus of Homer to Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas” with important presences such as those of Tunisia’s Ambassador to Greece, the Cultural attaché of the Egyptian Embassy, Arab universities professors, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Islamic Art Museum/Benaki Museum among others.
  • Book fairs, crafts and other materials, film screenings, music, etc. from the Arab world as well as films, videos and music supported by Greek and international publishing houses, were visited by an older -in majority- audience.
  • Storytelling Competition for youth with the theme “West-East Cultural Meeting”.

Towards Euro-Mediterranean ID Festival

A Follow-up activity was initiated by CulturePolis and presented to the plenary of Arab Countries Initiatives in Athens in 2011 with a view to organise a periodic event in the region. The project was collapsed due to the failure of Arab Spring.


Funding programme: € 100.000 CULTURE Programme EU 2007-2013, 50% self-financing


Arab-Mediterranean Festival – Project Report

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