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The MEM goes on

The activities of the MEM Summit Summit go beyond the Forum and the Seminar. This year the MEM goes on by presenting new initiatives to the change-makers and to the public.  

Bites of Transfoodmation

The MEM Summer Summit is transferring to the event Bites of Transfoodmation by applying its methodology. The event organised by the Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP, in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana, aims to be the starting point for the change of the global food system.

Cultural Narratives – New Horizons

The New Horizons Project originated from Stream C of the Seminar that focuses on cultural narratives. It comprises of online and on-site workshops, where a team of MEM Summer Summit Alumni, led by Federica Frediani come together for discussion and working together over topics like:

  • The mobility of people, ideas, cultures and commodities transcending barriers of space and time were/are hallmarks of contemporaneity;
  • Digitalization;
  • The role of culture and creativity in the process of economic and social reconstruction after Coronavirus.
Rachid Koraïchi 
Jardin d'Afrique
Rachid Koraïchi 
Jardin d'Afrique
Nour Nasreldin
Muted City
Ahmed Mater, in his book Prognosis, offers an analysis of Saudi Arabia and Middle East where autobiography and history of the region overlap in a moment of great incertitude and transition. Mapping his life and work on a historical timeline, the book offers an unprecedented insight into changes forged by and in the Kingdom, and its significance in world religion, culture, and geopolitics.

Rachid Koraïchi, with his project Garden of Africa, aims to create a sacred space to keep alive the memory of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Nameless corpses are buried in this place, in Tunisia, that wants to be a Garden of Eden for the “forgotten ones”. An artistic and politic project that is an invitation to rethink relationships between Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe.

Nour Nasreldin ideated and directed a short film on her experience of lockdown in Cairo, on the unusual silence in such a noisy city and on the role of new generations to envision and foster change.


In the previous editions, film-screenings of selected films were organised in collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival. The exhibition Broken cities. A virtual journey from Syria to Iraq – an imaginary route to four cities laid waste by conflicts whose violence has turned them into theatres of war in recent years – was set up in collaboration with e-REAL Logosnet and Iconem. A multimedia installation by the Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr and the photo Exhibition Journeys through our Fragile Heritage, several concerts and a conference on Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa cuisine made up the cultural dimension and framework during the MEM Summer Summit 2018.

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