From 30 January until 3 February, 2023, ALDA was in Marseille for the Heads of Networks meeting and the French network General Assembly of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
The Foundation is dedicated to intercultural dialogue on different and complementary levels in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Since June 2021, ALDA is co-head of the French network of the foundation along with Les Têtes de l’Art, a French association based in Marseille. The Foundation and its members were welcomed by the Regional Hall of Provence Alpes Côte-d’Azur and the City Hall of Marseille who kindly hosted the meetings. Representatives of the DIMED (the interministerial delegation for the Mediterranean) were also present and closely followed our work, and expressed their support to the activities of the Foundation.
The Foundation is dedicated to intercultural dialogue on different and complementary levels in the Euro-Mediterranean area
The first two days were dedicated to the Heads of Networks meeting and to the programme of their future activities. 30 countries were represented by their heads of networks alongside the Executive Director of the Foundation, Josep Ferré. An open dialogue was held on the future actions, assessments and steps in the Anna Lindh Foundation. The participants got to know each other better and had the opportunity to create new synergies. An active approach was privileged to take these steps further in shaping the future of the Foundation. Workshops, activities and planifications were the watchwords of these networking moments. Moreover, the long-awaited next editions of the Young Mediterranean Voices and Med Forum were key subjects when discussing future planned projects which aim to advocate and strive for a better social dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
From 1 February onwards, the General Assembly and Steering Committee of the French network, organised by Les Têtes de l’Art and ALDA, took place. Networking activities were held among the members, who were able to establish regional and concrete actions in accordance to their geographic location.
Finally, it was important for ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art to hold a few meetings at the heart of the social and cultural Life in Marseille in La Friche Belle de Mai, which is a popular district of Marseille full of active citizens who embrace the potential of their city but are also in need of support.
Discover more about the meetings here.