We give a voice to young people to promote a change of narratives and contribute to a culture of understanding, peace and dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region
This programme creates spaces for intercultural encounters between young people in order to promote exchanges of experiences and ideas between peers, identify shared values in the region and transcend those stereotypes that tear us apart. By doing so, it aims to equip young people with tools so they can play a relevant role in future societies and actively promote the values of diversity and co-existence in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The programme includes regular youth-to-youth debates on the burning issues in the Euro-Mediterranean area, including violent extremism, hate speech and migration.
It also features the youth contest “A Sea of Words”, organised in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation and its national networks. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 from the Euromed area. It encourages intercultural dialogue and the exchange of knowledge through the stories about experiences and concerns expressed by young people. Since 2008, each contest has revolved around a different theme, such as gender equality, sustainable development, democracy and citizenship, radicalisation and climate change.
Through short stories, young people have the opportunity to freely express ideas, perceptions, concerns and hopes. In this way, different local and international traditions are reflected. During the 13th year of the contest, around 3,000 works were received, with a good balance between the North (47%) and South (53%) of the Mediterranean. An international jury selects between 10 and 20 texts every year, and offers the finalists the opportunity to take part in an intercultural experience in Barcelona. This exchange includes literary workshops, cultural visits and the awards ceremony, featuring prominent figures from different fields.
The 2013 edition
In its 2013 call, the contest A Sea of Words is being held for the sixth time with the objective of helping to promote dialogue between peoples and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between different local and international traditions. Within the framework of the European Year of Citizens, the contest addresses the vision and expectations of youths in relation to the issue of building citizenship in the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The contest focuses on the production of short stories whose content is linked to the creation or consolidation of dynamics aimed at fostering voluntary work, a key element of active citizenship that helps to promote intergenerational solidarity, the evolution of values and societies, and the expression of the different sensibilities and realities of youths in the region.
The call was closed on 25 May 2013
We have received 242 stories written by youths from 33 Euro-Mediterranean countries
The contest welcomes stories written in any of the official languages of the Euro-Mediterranean countries:
Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The 10 winning stories will be published in an anthology.
Daniel López Bončina. Slovenia
Christoforos Pavlakis. Greece
Dragana Tripković. Montenegro
Khadija Hamany. Algeria
An Awesome Thing Happened to Me Yesterday
Marina Giunio. Croatia
The Two Superb
Sondos Gamal. Egypt
A Stranger Lives in Our Home
Anna-Maria Emilia Ikonen. Finland
The Sun Is Stifling
Samia Hathroubi. France
Emily Watton. Germany
School of Nations
Gabriella Szaszkó. Hungary
Stranger in Israel
Ilana Kishko. Israel
Eugenio Dacrema. Italy
Agnija Kazuša. Latvia
Something about Natalie
Sayed Ismail. Palestina
The Farthest Spaces
Leen Saed Rihawi. Syria
Ana Do Vale Lázaro. Portugal
A Microphone without Bullets
Imen Fejjari. Tunisia
Award Ceremony of the Sea of Words literary competition
As part of the European Year of Citizens, the sixth edition of the competition focuses on the vision and expectations of young people about citizenship and its construction in the different countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area.16 September 2013