The music project Banda Internationale was announced as the Winner of the 11th edition of the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Dialogue Award at the Bestowing Ceremony that took place at the impressive Estonian Film Museum in Tallinn on 14 December 2017.
The winner was announced by former Mayor of Lampedusa, Dr. Giuseppina Nicolini and the Euro-Med Award Board, Ambassador Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation and Mr. Michele Capasso, Founder of the Fondazione Mediterraneo
The International Ceremony brought together institutional partners from the Estonian Foreign Ministry, Euro-Med ambassadors accredited to Estonia, Head of the ALF national networks and members of the Estonian Network.
The Winner was selected during the Jury Members meeting that took place on 13 December 2017 in Tallinn. The Jury Members agreed that "All applications presented amazing projects, contributing to intercultural dialogue and understanding in the Mediterranean region. It was a really difficult decision, but in the end we felt that Banda Internationale does not only promote tolerance and fights xenophobia and racism, but also makes sure to include refugees in shaping the design of the project on an eye-to-eye level. They foster and celebrate the contribution of refugees to the cultural diversity in Germany, and prove that intercultural dialogue through music can be a means for refugees to become part of existing communities.”
The International Jury was chaired by Ambassador Hatem Atallah and Mr. Michele Capasso and included Dr. Giuseppina Nicolini, former mayor of Lampedusa; Ambassador Risto Veltheim, former Ambassador at the Finnish Foreign Ministry and ALF advisory Council member for Finaland; Ms. Berit Moneke, representative of the Laureate of the Euro-Med Dialogue Award 2015, Capoeira4 refugees; Ms. Sherin Gharib, researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in her capacity as representative of the institute being the HoN institution for Austria, Ms. Zain Fashho, from the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in her capacity as representative of the institute, being the HoN institution for Jordan.
About Banda Internationale:
In cooperation with 9 professional and amateur musicians from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Burkina Faso, “Banda Internationale” has produced a concert programme combining music from the countries of origin of all musicians involved. The target of this project is not limited to refugee musicians, but they want to enhance more than music their own commitment and the commitment of their fellow citizens to help refugees’ transition to life in Germany.
About the Euro-Med Dialogue Award:
Founded in 2006, in partnership with Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Euro-Mediterranean Award for the Dialogue between Cultures aims at recognising the achievements of individuals and organizations that have been at the forefront of promoting Dialogue, building on diversity, tackling intolerance and stereotypes and promoting mutual respect amongst Euro-Mediterranean societies. The Award is promoted each year through a competition across the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Networks. In 2017, the Award theme is "Refugees and Migration as an Opportunity for Intercultural Dialogue". The selection of 3 runners-up for the Award is made by a jury including three independent persons of renown and prestige working in the ALF priority fields of action and coming from the EuroMed region and The representatives of the Head of Network institutions of two (2) ALF member countries (one representing the North and one the South) according to a rotational system on a yearly basis.