Why the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is without doubt the cradle of Western European culture and civilization. Western Europe recognizes this but often seems to emphasize Greek and Roman heritage overlooking those roots of Mediterranean multiculturalism which have evolved on the shores of Africa and Asia Minor. The appearance of all these cultures, their interaction and the not uncommon cultural conflicts which developed between them, have forged the history of the people of the Mediterranean. It is from this that a Mediterranean multiculturalism was born. It is in this that we all can see ourselves. The goal of the festival is to abet this recognition of self and to grow in it.