Prince Albert opened 9th edition of RIMM & presented award to Ambassador of Palestine to UNESCO

Artists & intellectuals sharing their vision for the Mediterranean

The 9th edition of the International Meetings of Monaco and the Mediterranean (RIMM), rung from March 15-16, 20198, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, under the theme “Artists and Intellectuals in the Mediterranean, their place, their roles and their challenges.”

Prince Albert inaugurated RIMM with a brief presentation and emphasized that these meetings will enable to promote artistic expression, heritage, the philosophers and writers born in the Mediterranean, and thus highlight their impact. Also present at the opening were Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior and Culture, Stephan Valerie, President of the National Council, the Ambassadors of Italy and France in Monaco, and other dignitaries.

Elias Sanbar received RIMM award

On this occasion Elias Sanbar, historian, poet, essayist and diplomat, Ambassador of Palestine to UNESCO since 2012, received the prestigious RIMM award directly from the hands of Prince Albert.

Opening lecture by Jérôme Clément

Jérôme Clément, former President of the Alliance Française Foundation, and former President of ARTE and the National Center for Cinema and Moving Image, was selected for the opening lecture, that was not only interesting but was delivered with passion and conviction. His speech set the tone for the other presentations in the program, that were highly interesting and inspirational.

Promoting dialogue and cooperation

Created in 2001, by Elisabeth Breaud, RIMM is placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert, and gathers international experts at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to debate and reflect on the history and current situation of the Mediterranean region.

Their objective is to promote dialogue and cooperation among Mediterranean countries to respond to contemporary common issues and propose concrete solutions, while contributing to the emergence of a common consciousness of their shared history. (Photo insert: Elisabeth Breaud, Founder and President of RIMM 2018@Charly Gallo/Direction Communication)

In these year’s rich program there are three round tables and a film screening, with the objective to analyze and understand how artists and intellectuals formed their idealized vision of the Mediterranean in the 19th and 20th century, and discuss what the situation is today, faced with the violent mutations of this area in deep turmoil. On open dialogue with wise progressive minds may help find the peaceful solutions we all in the region long for.

The series of conferences, who many in the audience have qualified as exceptional and inspirational, closes this Friday, culminating with the projection of the film “Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces”, at 20:30 at the Theatre des The, in collaboration with the audiovisual archives of Monaco, in the presence of Egyptian Director Yousry Nasrallah. The screening is open to the public and free of charge.

Today’s Quote

“Peace with the Palestinians will open ports of peace all around the Mediterranean. The duty of leaders is to pursue freedom ceaselessly, even in the face of hostility, in the face of doubt and disappointment. Just imagine what could be.” Shimon Peres


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