Call for Mediterranean Capitals of Culture & Dialogue 2026

Who can apply?

Group 8

Local or regional authorities, regardless of the size of the city

Group 6

Cities located in a country of the Union for the Mediterranean, whether coastal or inland

Group 21

Cities not previously designated as Mediterranean Capital of Culture & Dialogue

Awarding criteria

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN DIMENSION

PROGRAMME

CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT

GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

FINANCIAL CAPACITY

COOPERATION BETWEEN THE 2 CAPITALS

COMMUNICATION

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • PROGRAMME: The programme should offer a variety of events celebrating the diversity of the Euro-Mediterranean region. Local authorities should organise these events with the support of cultural institutions, schools, and universities, highlighting cultural involvement, activity diversity, and promoting local cultural heritage. The program should culminate in a large celebration on the Day of the Mediterranean, with a strategic and consistent approach and a proven ability to deliver quality events.
  • EURO-MEDITERRANEAN DIMENSION: To attain the title of Mediterranean Capital of Culture & Dialogue, it is imperative to prioritise local and regional efforts. Addressing challenges faced by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), involving artists from the region, and seeking international partnerships are all key components to a successful bid. It is important to note that two designated cities must collaborate effectively but are required to submit separate applications independently. Any past cooperation agreements should be referenced as applicable.
  • CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT: The participation of the local civil society in creating and carrying out the program will be a crucial factor in determining the award. We highly appreciate partnerships between local authorities and at least one civil society organisation that is a member of the ALF National Networks.

Applicants will find a detailed explanation of all award criteria in the call for applications.

Deadline for submission of applications

7th of July 2024 at 00:00

If you need more information about the application process, info-sessions will be organised.