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The Mediterranean Diet newsletter is a collaborative publication coordinated by the seven emblematic communities of this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Discover the Mediterranean Diet. 
Mediterranean Diet News & Stories

The Conviviality of Mediterranean Museums - 
Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities Network
Joint Initiative

Beginning 20 April and ending 9 May, each Emblematic Community is organizing an open call for individuals and families to cook traditional and seasonal dishes, take a picture, and share it on social media with the hashtag #MediterraneanDietTables as part of a joint exhibition to promote the power of museums. 

On the 18th of May, International Museum Day, the “Tables of the Mediterranean Diet" exhibitions, held in each of the Emblematic Communities, will feature curated collections of these shared images to connect the people, traditions, and museums of the Mediterranean Diet. 

Learn more about the Museum Day initiative

Spring & Easter Traditions Across The Mediterranean

Many popular customs and traditions still bear the mark of pre-Christian springtime symbolism as the beginning of the new agricultural year. The opulence and fortune we wish for is mirrored in the festive tables and traditions we share throughout the whole Mediterranean basin. Sometimes the traditions are very different while sharing similarities in their displays of spring richness and festive atmosphere. 
Discover Mediterranean Spring & Easter traditions

Power Of Seeds To Grow Healthy Communities

The Mediterranean Diet recently flew to New York City for the first international mission of Italy which, through the Municipality of Pollica, is leading the coordination of the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities in 2022. 

The trip included an event entitled "The Power of Seeds - Growing Communities - Mediterranean Diet for a Sustainable Future," during which the Italian delegation, along with Stephen Ritz, the well-known, innovative teacher who founded Green Bronx Machine, and the Future Food Institute, planted a school garden with seeds of the Mediterranean to commemorate the partnership between Community School 55 of New York and School IC Patroni of Pollica. 

Learn more about this collaboration

CoFE On “Culture-Tourism-Local Sustainable Development: How Can The EU Contribute To The Improvement Of Life For Local Community Members”

Europe Direct of Peloponnese, in collaboration with the City Network “SUSTAINABLE CITY,” the European Program “Ariane Condellis” of ELIAMEP, and Inter Alia (a civic action, nonprofit organization) coordinated a participatory workshop in Kalamata entitled: “Culture – Tourism – Local Sustainable Development: How can the EU contribute to the improvement of life of the members of the local community?”

The event invited the residents of Kalamata, as well as stakeholders of Messinia, to share their experiences and thoughts to jointly formulate proposals for culture, tourism, and local sustainable development that can be implemented at the European level.


Learn more about this European initiative

The Holiest Night On The Island Of Hvar

There is nothing so strongly, deeply, and intimately inscribed in the very core of the inhabitants of the island of Hvar and in the deepest point of our identity as Holy Week, especially the procession called “Za križen” (Following the Cross). Actually, there are six separate processions that visit the six villages in the inland of the island – Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanj and Vrboska. 

Learn more about this Croatian tradition
Upcoming Events

Agros Rose Festival

The most important annual festival taking place in Agros, Cyprus is the Rose Festival in May.

The Festival showcases the diverse cultural heritage of Agros, ranging from traditional gastronomy to crafts making, music and dance and provides an opportunity for local community members and visitors to celebrate the most beautiful season in Agros, when the Rosa Damascena tree blooms. The cultivation of roses and the production of rose products, such as perfumes, brandy, liqueur, and local recipes is a long tradition in Agros. 

Learn more about the Agros Rose Festival
Emblematic Community Spotlight

Soria, Spain - Mediterranean Diet Inventory

To support the protection and safeguarding of the Mediterranean Diet in Spain, the Mediterranean Diet Foundation has developed a registry of landscapes; agricultural, livestock and fishing activities; trades; culinary activities, food, recipes; and the festivities and celebrations that make up the heritage of the Mediterranean Diet in Spain - today with more than 3,000 entries! 
Learn more about the Emblematic Community of Soria
Training Tools
Learn more about the UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through our multilingual training tool here. 
Discover the traditional Croatian Easter cake, Sirnica, and other Mediterranean Diet recipes here. 
Thank you for reading! If you would like to connect with the Mediterranean Diet network, contact us here.  Please forward this message to a friend or colleague to help us grow awareness of this unique intangible cultural heritage.
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