Here’s How To Celebrate International Museum Day

International Museum Day

Tune in to these virtual conversations on culture by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

A brand new series of virtual conversations hosted by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s ( DTC) Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak roll out today, 18th May, International Museum Day.

Local and international guests are all set to explore culture in this one-of-a-kind virtual gathering. The Cultur-All conversations will be live streamed online via the Abu Dhabi Culture digital platforms.

“Despite not being able to physically travel at the moment, we are utilising all the technological tools at our disposal to continue connecting and collaborating with our friends and colleagues around the world,” said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.

HE Mubarak on International Museum Day

“These series of conversations aim to open a window onto the thoughts and creative processes of eminent voices from here in the UAE, the region and across the globe, to address the challenges faced by the culture sector across the world.

“Streaming these events across our digital platforms will ensure an accessibility of cultural discourses to a wider audience to hear new perspectives, and learn how the world is responding to the current crisis,“ he added.

The sessions

British Museum on International Museum Day

The first session, the Museums Panel, will broadcasts today (18th May), to mark International Museum Day.

Museums: Places of Civic Engagement, Inspiration and Rebuilding in a Pandemic Age features conversations with Abu Dhabi Museums Partners including Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre; Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation Hartwig Fischer, the Director of The British Museum and Prof Mikhail Piotrovski, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum.

The discussion explore the critical roles and contributions made by museums in our individual lives and society as a whole, roles which the global pandemic has served only to amplify.

Museums continue to play a critical role as spaces for knowledge creation, community connections and exchange, helping to build social capital and strengthening the public sphere at a moment when these are needed more than ever.

The current crisis forces museums to confront and reimagine how these museum roles are executed in a world of social distancing and lockdowns, and the reliance on digital solutions as a substitute for the experience of a museum visit.  The conversation will also address the role of artists and the public in helping forge the future of museums.

Further sessions in the series will follow, exploring topics including different domains from the Culture Creative Industries.

Dates and further details will be announced in due course. The Museums Panel will be live streamed on Monday 18th May at 9 pm UAE time ( 5 pm GMT) on the Abu Dhabi Culture YouTube channel.

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