DETI I BARDHË (Albanian), IL MARE BIANCO (Italian) and DAS WEISSE MEER (German)
The various ethnic groups of the Mediterranean are tied together by more than the present political conflicts and economic inequalities in the region would suggest. Since the dawn of recorded history, the Mediterranean coastlines have been interconnected by a web of trade routes extending from the Arab-Islamic cultural sphere and Byzantine-influenced Eastern Europe all the way to the Western European port metropolises. Continuous exchange gave rise to and nurtured a unique cultural space shared by the entire Mediterranean world. "The Gods", as David Abulafia (The Great Sea) pointed out, "were riding along on every trade ship".
“The White Sea” (Arabic translation of “Mediterranean Sea”) brings that historical cultural exchange back into view through public debate . Historians, philosophers and writers of different generations and backgrounds join in dialogue and discuss which aspects of their shared cosmopolitan heritage are unifying and which are divisive. It is a process of formulating new narratives for the region, narratives that can help defeat nationalist and/or fundamentalist discourses.
The series of events kicked off in Berlin and Trieste in 2012. Annual installments have taken place around the Mediterranean ever since.