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Aya Eldika (Liban), participante à une session de création interculturelle - Festival d'Aix & Medinea
Marco Usala


Medinea (MEDiterranean INcubator of Emerging Artists) founded and driven by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, supports the professional integration of young Mediterranean musicians, by developing intercultural projects that enhance dialogue, transmission, and mobility around the Mediterranean basin. The network consists of cultural organizations of the music sector engaged in the dynamics of exchange and collaboration at the international level. It gathers 30 cultural institutions in 17 countries around the Mediteranean basin. They include higher education institutions, cultural centers, festivals, and music markets.


A manifesto has been adopted by the Medinea members in order to bring them together towards a common vision.



Medinea offers training activities to emerging Euro-Mediterranean musicians in an intercultural context.

— The Medinea Sessions are an innovative composition residency, open to a dozen of improvisators, based on intercultural collective composition in the specific field of improvised music originating from the Mediterranean tradition.
— These sessions inspired the Medinea Series that promotes collective composition and interculturality. The programme aims to diffuse and consolidate a learning method that can be an alternative to the classic musical formation.
— Using a creative process of experimentation and improvisation, the Public Awareness training sessions aim at fueling the musicians’ personal quest for excellence and drive to share their art with the audience, especially audience with a little access to culture.

These activities leading to meetings and dialogue between civilizations established within the same territory are designed to favor professional integration of young musicians, and at the same time enable the Euro-Mediterranean musical heritage to be valued and passed on to future generations, young artists and audience.



The Medinea members signatories of Medinea’s manifesto are:

ARC Research and Consultancy — MALTA
Casa Árabe — SPAIN
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano — ITALY
DimaJazz International Festival — ALGERIA
Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut — LEBANON
Edward Said National Conservatory of Music — PALESTINE
Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts – Makan — EGYPT
Ente Musicale di Nuoro — ITALY
Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa — PORTUGAL
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence — FRANCE
Higher Institute of Music of Sousse — TUNISIA
International Cultural Center of Hammamet — TUNISIA
Istanbul Technical University / Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music — TURKEY
Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of music — LEBANON
Montenegrin Music Centre — MONTENEGRO
National Conservatory of Athens — GREECE
Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) — SPAIN
The Cairo Conservatoire — EGYPT
The Higher Institute of Music of Sfax — TUNISIA
The Opera Theater / The City of Culture — TUNISIA
The Palestine Philharmonie — PALESTINE
University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy — ALBANIA
Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana — SLOVENIA
University of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art — GREECE
University of Zagreb - Academy of Music — CROATIA
Visa For Music — MOROCCO


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