The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (AlexMed), part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Academic Research Sector, will organise a celebration titled “The Cosmopolitanism of Alexandria” on 7 July, at the BA Plaza of Civilisations.
The event comes as part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s continued mission to revive the dialogue of civilisations, especially between Mediterranean region countries. It also comes as part of the efforts to reaffirm the city of Alexandria as a melting pot of civilisations.
As part of the celebration’s activities, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will host the screening of the film, A Nation by Choice, the product of the partnership between the European Program of International Relations set up by the National Media Authority and the European Union (EU).
It deals with the youth from foreign communities belonging to “cosmopolitan” Alexandria, who chose to stay in the city, the cradle of Mediterranean civilisation.
Following the film’s screening, speeches will be given by a number of senior officials commenting on the topic at hand. They will discuss existing partnership projects with foreign countries, and future plans aimed at sustaining dialogue and cooperation.
Mostafa El Feki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, affirmed his keenness to organise this celebration in confirmation of the library’s role as the world’s window on Egypt and Egypt’s window on the world.
This is in addition to the library being a pole of civilisation, and a beacon for spreading the values of tolerance, understanding and dialogue among peoples.
Moreover, the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center’s mission includes the study of many aspects of the city’s past throughout the ages, as well as the city’s cultural relationship with other Mediterranean cities since ancient times.