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Business program of Belarus Museums forum to change format

Society 16.08.2019 | 18:33

MINSK, 16 August (BelTA) – Big-name professionals in museology and museum affairs will take part in the business program of the fourth edition of the Belarus Museums National Forum, which will be held in Brest on 4-6 October, Director of the Cultural Heritage and Modernity Fund Alla Stashkevich.

“The format of the business program has changed this year. Last time it was a conference that lasted throughout the forum. This year we decided to cut it to four hours (two each day) to involve all museum specialists. The key speakers of the business program will be more than eight experts from Belarus and foreign countries. They will talk about the new developments in the field of museum research. To date, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia have confirmed their participation. We are expecting experts from Lithuania and Poland,” Alla Stashkevich said.

This year's theme is Museum: Science, Innovation, Communication. Irina Chuvilova from the Russian Institute of Culture Studies, the main keeper of the Museum of Russian Art in Armenia, will talk about the research carried out by the museum. Representatives of Ukraine will make a presentation on the role of museums in sustainable development. “Western experts are still choosing the themes. The jury will be headed by Hans-Martin Hinz, former president of the International Council of Museums, a world-class expert whose opinion is very important for the museum community,” Alla Stashkevich informed.

She noted that on 1-7 September Kyoto will be hosting the General Conference of the International Council of Museums. It is expected to draw more than 2,000 delegates from around the world. “They will consider the issues that are important for the entire museum community and revise the wording of the concept “museum”. The discussions on this continued throughout the year. This is an absolutely new approach to the understanding of the museum in the society. Therefore one of our roundtables will be dedicated to the issue. The business program is a discussion platform. We would like to draw up the recommendations for museum development of Belarus for the next two years and perhaps more distant future,” Alla Stashkevich added.

The business program will feature about 300 participants. “The interest in the business program has always been big as it is a dialogue platform for professionals. Museum professionals need such meetings and discussion and the forum provides such an opportunity. Everybody is happy to attend it to expand their professional horizons,” Alla Stashkevich stressed.

Instituted in 2012, the Belarus Museums National Forum aims to support museology, stimulate creative initiatives, honor museum employees for the services to the study, preservation and promotion of cultural values and to attract the attention of the general public to the many facets of museum activity.

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