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The Underwater Heart of the Mediterranean
Start date: Dec 15, 2014, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Starting from the idea of an “underwater heart” that has been beating in the Mediterranean Sea for thousands of years, project partners put forward a multi-disciplinary project, the “Underwater Heart of the Mediterranean” project that will bring the centre of our attention to the discovery of common pulses, pathways and roots. With respect towards diversity, the project goes far beyond defending peoples’ differences to put humanity in the front line and work through the exploration of peoples’ similarities, common thought and beliefs - projecting the ideas of equality, human rights, respect, transparency, clarity, simplicity, environment, human proportions, as everybody is equal under the water. Our philosophy connects urban culture values with ancient Mediterranean cultural values, such as Ancient Greek myths and qualities, attempting to reach common ground between populations and create European collaborative artwork. Three European performing arts organisations, together with a network of associated partners from various countries of Europe and Lebanon, will engage performing arts professionals, cultural , educational and environmental experts, multimedia designers, people with physical disabilities, children and teenagers, divers and snorkelers, tour guides, and the general public in a project including: workshops and educative programs, artistic residencies, an underwater performance production, a multi-disciplinary performance, a short film documentary, an international forum, the development of a website and the production of a DVD. By its proposed activities, the project meets the objectives of reinforcement of the sector’s capacity to operate trans-nationally and of trans-national mobility and circulation. As a result, the individual and collective exploration by project participants and international audiences involved will empower the idea of a beating underwater heart and support strong bonds among organisations, populations and cultures.

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