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Foundation of Three Cultures

Countries of the Mediterranean have joined forces to celebrate their diverse cultures and build a platform for international understanding and dialogue. Culture is lending its services to the peace process.


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Foundation for the brotherhood of Mediterranean cultures (Fundación Tres Culturas)
Birth: 1998 (Seville)
Location: Seville
Stands out for: being the meeting point of the Mediterranean
Did you know? funding has come from the Junta of Andalusia and the Kingdom of Morocco

“I feel it in my skin / that bitter taste of an endless lament / flowing through you from a hundred nations / from Algeciras to Istanbul / for you to paint in blue / those long winter nights”. So sang Joan Manuel Serrat in his portrayal of the Mediterranean, one of the most culturally rich and diverse places on the planet.

In 1995, representatives from all fifteen member states of the European Union met with delegates from twelve Mediterranean countries (known as the “Mediterranean third countries”) at the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Barcelona. Their aim was to create a framework for multilateral relationships to promote shared prosperity, peace and intercultural understanding across the Mediterranean.

Three years later, as a result of this initiative, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Junta de Andalucía (the autonomous government of Andalusia) joined forces to create an organisation aimed at bringing Mediterranean nations and cultures closer together. They called it the Fundación Tres Culturas (Foundation of Three Cultures).

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Based in Sevilla, the Foundation’s main objective is to unite Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures from the region. Three key principles guide the Foundation’s work: the relationship between Andalusia and Morocco, the Middle Eastern Alliance and support from the European Union for similar projects that bring Mediterranean countries closer together. Peace, dialogue, coexistence and stability…these words underpin the core ethos of the foundation.

The key patrons and presidents of the foundation are King Juan Carlos of Spain, and the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI. The foundation is also sponsored by various figures from the worlds of banking, academia and representatives from the Junta de Andalusia, as well as ministers from the Spanish, Moroccan, Israeli and Palestinian governments. In particular, dialogue and cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives is one of the focal objectives of the foundation.

The foundation is involved in a wide range of activities that promote unity, including conferences, debates, talks, exhibitions and concerts by musicians from the region. It even offers Arabic and Hebrew language courses and collaborates in book fairs - such as one most recently held in Cairo. The overriding theme throughout these events is one where culture is used as a tool to promote and establish tolerance and understanding. As the foundation states - “In a complex, political world, it is culture that provides the best channel for dialogue”. The foundation also participates in commemorative events such as International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27th January, marking the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps.

Regular events are also organised at their headquarters in Seville, such as “Cinema Tuesdays”, where a variety of commercial and less well known films are shown that celebrate the Mediterranean and are pertinent to the objectives of the foundation. In recent years a number of Mediterranean cities and regions like Beirut, Tangiers, Istanbul and Sicily have been represented on the silver screen and audiences have been treated to screenings of such delights as Turtles can Fly, No Man’s Land and Caro Diario (Dear Diary).

The Kingdom of Morocco donated the funds to create the headquarters, having originally housed the Moroccan exhibition in Expo ‘92. It remains a striking example of Moroccan art, and the impressive building boasts a variety of amenities, including an auditorium with capacity for 200 people, an exhibition area, archives, classrooms, a central square and a library specialising in Mediterranean topics and the Arab world.

Particularly central to the Foundation’s work are the library and archives which house a comprehensive collection of books and documents on such issues as the Arab world, Euro-Mediterranean relations, human rights, conflict resolution, development and migration. Books are loaned free of charge, which is vital to achieve the objective of promoting an interest and understanding of different cultures at the very heart of Andalusian society.

On being far away from the Mediterranean sea, Rafael Alberti lamented “In my dreams the heavy sea/ tugs at my heart / wanting to drag it away”. For those who have lived near its salty waters and seen the reflection of sunlight off its waves, this is perhaps a sentiment with which we can all empathise. The beauty of the Mediterrean should unite all those that live on its shores. It should not be a stage for bloody battles or tyrannical conflict, but rather a celebration of diversity and the many rich cultures that surround it. Just as the surrounding rivers merge together to form the Mediterranean sea, the sea in turn gives birth to a myriad of cultures and abundant histories that intermingle and colour the region.


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Fundación Tres Culturas
Pabellón Hassan II
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El 22 February 2008 a las 6:04 PM, Jordy dijo...

Con lo bien que escribes, tienes que ser una jartaaa de guapa!!
Unas fotos del equipo serian bien recibidas por los incondicionales de “tertulia andaluza”


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El 23 May 2008 a las 8:20 PM, maria cristina dijo...

me gustaria saber cual es el lugar de españa en donde se unen las tres culturas y que es cuna de reyes al noroeste de españa


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El 25 January 2009 a las 1:24 AM, maria dijo...

todo esto es una falacia, le ponen tres culturas mientras palestina se muere y ellos haciendo negocios con Simon Peres, ese terrorista presidente de Israel. Nunca ha habido tres culturas ni en el mediterraneo ni en Andalucia, UNA UNICA CULTURA, con varias religiones. Sionistas son estos de tres culturas, ni de tertulia ni na, muy buenas palabras para apoyar al Estado Genocida de Israel, que mata a niños pòr cientos, y aqui como si no pasara nada


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El 9 February 2009 a las 9:15 AM, cristina dijo...

¿cuàles son las tres actuaciones o actos que realiza la fundacion tres culturas?


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El 9 February 2009 a las 5:09 PM, Lakshmi I. Aguirre dijo...

Hola Cristina:

Las “tres culturas” del nombre de la fundación se refiere a la cultura cristiana, a la judía y a la musulmana. En cuanto a las actividades, la fundación organiza conferencias, ciclos de películas, conciertos, exposiciones, mesas redondas… Si quieres, puedes echarle un vistazo a su agenda cultural en su página oficial (especificada un poco más arriba).

Saludos.


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El 5 March 2009 a las 7:48 PM, maribel dijo...

Siempre he creido que cultura no es igual a religión, aunque esté muy influenciada por ésta, más o menos según tiempo historico, pais, antedentes familiares, etc. Me parece sospechoso llamar al cristanismo, judaismo, islamismo, culturas. Impregnar en la lengua significados partidistas, y así confundir a los pueblos, para dirigirlos al enfrentamiento por la religión. Es la estrategia más antigua del ser humano para garantizarse su omnipoder .¡le da un morbo! Y si además estan de esta propaganda falsa, elementos por el Simón Peres. Pues a dudar nos queda. Seamos claros, digamos la verdad, caiga quien caiga. VIVA LA RESISTENCIA DE LOS PUEBLOS POR SU DIGNIDAD Y EXISTENCIA.


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El 14 October 2010 a las 2:22 AM, leonardo gonzalez de alba dijo...

en que esta relasionado con la ciensia las culturas?


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El 20 October 2011 a las 6:37 PM, Aurelio Solaz Raja dijo...

Hace más de 20 siglos que las tres religiones monoteistas están sembrando holocaustos y luchando unas con otras para ver cual de las tres dominará el mundo.Pero…Antes que maldecir las tinieblas mejor será encender una vela(Sabiduría Oriental).
Vayamos todos a celebrar la Semana Teocrática en Tierra Santa Una Vez al Año. Para crear un GOBIERNO MUNDIAL TEOCRÁTICO OMNIPOTENTE y todos unidos en el AMOR A DIOS Y AL PRÓJIMO SEREMOS
LOS AUTÉNTICOS SERVIDORES DEL MUNDO.
El primer mandamiento TEOCRÁTICO SERÁ :
LAVARNOS LOS PIES LOS UNOS A LOS OTROS
TAL COMO HIZO JESÚS CON LOS APÓSTOLES(San Juan 13-5).
Enviaré el estudio completo por correo postal. ¡¡¡ AMEN-SHALOM !!!



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