Concert de l'Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée - Direction Duncan Ward - Session Medinea - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2021
© Vincent Beaume
Medinea obtained an Erasmus+ grant for its 2021-2023 programme.
Working within a tense geopolitical context, which is now aggravated by the pandemic crisis, the Medinea network is convinced that culture, artistic education, and creation is the way to approach dialogue and intercultural relations between different peoples.

    With this new programme, Medinea and its partners and collaborators intend to contribute to meeting the needs of the Mediterranean cultural and creative sectors: to energise and nourish the dialogue between the countries of the Mediterranean basin and to strengthen the role of the sectors in favour of social inclusion and professional integration of young artists. The selection of artists as well as the recruitment of pedagogical teams and the elaboration of curricula will be carried out with particular attention to gender equality and diversity.

    The programme will be coordinated by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and brings together a consortium of six leading musical and cultural institutions from six countries from the Mediterranean basin:

    • Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France)
    • Ente Musicale di Nuoro (Italy)
    • ARC Research and Consultancy (Malta)
    • Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal)
    • University of Ljubljana – Academy of Music (Slovenia)
    • Istanbul Technical University – MIAM (Turkey)

    This new programme adapts to the current health context through hybrid means of combining virtual and face-to-face activities for young artists (instrumentalists, conductors and composers) from the Euro-Mediterranean region:


    Through this innovative online training programme, Medinea intends to fight against the obstacles to mobility suffered by young Euro-Mediterranean artists in the current pandemic context. Designed by using the most advanced educational resources in the Mediterranean basin, it will enable young artists to train with high-level speakers from the Medinea network (teachers of a musical discipline, coaches, experienced artists, experts in the field of artistic promotion and career development, etc.).

    This programme will be available from January 2022.


    Four Medinea sessions, led by Fabrizio Cassol, composer and saxophonist: every training session includes a dozen young artists from various backgrounds, including jazz and traditional music of the Mediterranean. These various “constellations” compose works together, that they must then organise into a musical programme and present in concert form at the end of each residency.

    The sessions will take place between January 2022 and July 2023, in Valletta (Malta), Aix-en-Provence (France), Nuoro (Italy) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).

    A symphonic session will be a great opportunity for the 90 young musicians selected to experience orchestral life in the stimulating setting of the 2022 edition of the Festival d’Aix. They will benefit from the coaching of experienced artists in order to understand the great pieces of the symphonic repertoire presented to the public during concerts under the direction of the young conductor Duncan Ward, who dedicates his energy and focus on the transmission and dialogue between the music of different cultures.


    In addition to creating spaces for dialogue between the different stakeholders of the project, professional meetings will enable the partnership members to permanently assess the ongoing projects and question the network’s action. Debates and exchanges of ideas remain at the core of Medinea, with the intention to open up views, acquire strong technical skills but also the human skills essential to the consolidation of a cultural and creative sectors heavily impacted by the pandemic.

    4 partnership meetings are planned between July 2021 and July 2023, in Aix-en-Provence (France), Valletta (Malta), and Ljubljana (Slovenia), as well as a conference open to the audience.

    This is the third Medinea program to receive support from the European Union since 2018.



    The Medinea members signatories of Medinea’s manifesto are:

    Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana — SLOVENIA
    Amwaj — PALESTINE
    ARC Research and Consultancy — MALTA
    Casa Árabe — SPAIN
    Center of Arab and Mediterranean Music — TUNISIA
    Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano — ITALY
    DimaJazz International Festival — ALGERIA
    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
    Fondation Hiba — MOROCCO
    Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut — LEBANON
    Higher Institute of Music of Sousse — TUNISIA
    Higher Institute of Music of Tunis — TUNISIA
    International Cultural Center of Hammamet — TUNISIA
    Istanbul Technical University / Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Studies in Music — TURKEY
    Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) — SPAIN
    Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of music — LEBANON
    Montenegrin Music Centre — MONTENEGRO
    Music Village – International Music Community — GREECE
    National Conservatory of Athens — GREECE
    The Cairo Conservatoire — EGYPT
    The Higher Institute of Music of Sfax — TUNISIA
    The Palestine Philharmonie — PALESTINE
    University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy — ALBANIA
    University of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art — GREECE
    University of Zagreb - Academy of Music — CROATIA
    Visa For Music — MOROCCO


    Convinced of the need to nurture a fruitful intercultural dialogue in the territory in which it is located, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence has been pursuing a policy of openness towards the countries of the Mediterranean basin since 2008. Since 2010, it has hosted the MYO In 2014, the Region transferred the OJM to the Aix Festival.

    The Medinea network was founded by the Festival d'Aix in order to create strong links between the different musical institutions of the Euro-Mediterranean basin around the MYO. Medinea currently brings together 30 partners from 17 countries. Its main mission is to support the professional integration of young Mediterranean musicians by developing intercultural projects that encourage dialogue and develop a sense of belonging to a common culture among the young citizens of the Mediterranean basin. Medinea also aims to develop exchanges between cultural professionals in order to establish the necessary conditions for the sustainable development of creative approaches in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

    With the support of