As a symbolic bridge between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region, Malta is a unique strategic location to reinforce regional connections.
The first Maltese EU Presidency, during the first semester of 2017, represents a unique occasion to put Mediterranean dialogue at the top of the political agenda, and to build consensus for scaling-up intercultural action across the region’s civil societies.
The city of Valletta has also been awarded 2018 European capital of culture status, and MED FORUM 2016 aims to leverage Valletta’s central role as a “Mediterranean Capital of Cultural Dialogue” in connection with regional city-to-city networks.
Malta hosts a range of institutions at the cutting edge of promoting cultural diplomacy and cultural mobility in the Mediterranean, among them the Forum partners, Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC), University of Malta, Arts Council Malta, and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
MED FORUM 2016 will be hosted at the landmark “Mediterranean Conference Centre” (MCC) in Valletta.
The 16th century building now, the Mediterranean Conference Centre, has long been one of Valletta's most remarkable landmarks. Located towards the tip of Valletta peninsula, the MCC stands for distinction with magnificent views across the Grand Harbour. It is a rare example in the region of a heritage building functioning to the exacting demands of the 21st century. The Centre's long experience and reputation as a unique quality venue is confirmed by its membership of the prestigious Historic Conference Centres of Europe (HCCE). The Mediterranean Conference Centre is one of Europe's largest conference centres within a historical setting.