The Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean “Mediterranea 18”, that will take place for the first time ever in Albania at two venues, Tirana and Durres, will open its doors in Italy with a preview, a kind of pre-Biennal, on next May 3. Bari and the entire Regione Puglia will indeed play host to the artists who, after listening to the welcome addresses delivered by the President of Regione Puglia, Michele Emiliano, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Albania, Mirela Kumbaro Furxhi, and the President of  BJCEM, Dora Bei, will see the performance “Katër i Radës. Il Naufragio” produced by La Biennale Musica di Venezia and Cantieri Teatrali Koreja, with music of Admir Shkurtaj and libretto by Alessandro Leogrande.

“Katër i Radës. Il Naufragio” reminds us of the deeply sound bonds that unite the peoples of Puglia and Albania, and that these same bonds are extremely important for Europe and the Mediterranean today: exactly 20 years ago, on March 28 1997, the motorboat Katër i Radës brimming with refugees fleeing uprisings in Albania capsized after a collision in the Strait of Otranto in what was to become the deadliest shipwreck of this stretch of sea. Taking inspiration from this event of the history of our two countries, and far from pursuing merely commemorative purposes, the Regione Puglia has wanted so keenly to contribute to this edition of the Biennal organized by the Albanian Government in a view to paving the way to new, creative and lasting collaborative relationships by allowing us to take the sea together on a real and symbolic journey as individuals and as a one only collective.

The Bari Biennial preview will in fact unfold along a metaphorical path:  120 artists will be travelling onboard a ferry from Bari to Durres. During the journey a night performance/talk will take place on the same topic of the Biennale: HISTORY + CONFLICT + DREAM + FAILURE = HOME.

Hosted by italian journalist and art critic Manuela Gandini, and with the participation of Driant Zeneli, artist and artistic director of Mediterranea 18, this nighttime discussion, unique in its kind, will “revolve” around Michelangelo Pistoletto and Juan Sandoval artwork “Mar Mediterraneo - Sedie Love Difference”, made up of sixty chairs that together draw the shape of the Mediterranean and on which special attendees will sit, including Cathryn Drake, Ettore Favini, Adrian Paci, Gilad Ratman, Said Murad, Alicia Knock, Gabi Scardi, Costas Varotsos, Alessandra Galletta, Roland Sejko, Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Daniele Capra, Anna Daneri and many other guests, together with the young artists of Mediterranea 18.

Puglia school students have been invited to participate in this event.  After a selection through an on-line call for proposals on the theme of Mediterranea 18: Home/Casa, the winners will be given the exceptional opportunity to get onboard and attend the “Mediterranea 18“ Opening Ceremony in Albania, at Parku Rinia (The Youth Park) in Tirana.


BJCEM Mediterranea 18 Opening Ceremony in Bari is an event


promoted by


BJCEM - Biennale Des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée


Regione Puglia


Ministry of Culture of the Government of Albania


in collaboration with


Municipality of Bari


organized by


Teatro Pubblico Pugliese


with the support of


Puglia Promozione


Apulia Film Commission

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