Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide sometime around May 18. This year, more than 30,000 museums are getting ready to celebrate the event in around 100 countries on the five continents!
The theme of the International Museum Day 2013, Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change, aims at showing that the richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today.
This truly optimistic theme in the form of an equation dynamically gathers several concepts that are essential to define what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of those institutions and their positive influence on society.
Since 2011, ICOM patronizes the European Night of Museums, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to the International Museum Day. In 2013, both events will coincide since the European Night of Museums will take place at the same time as International Museum Day, on Saturday, May 18.
On the occasion of the International Museum Day 2013, ICOM is partnering with the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012.
Finally, the European Museum Forum (EMF) will grant the European Museum of the Year Award on May 18, 2013, in the Gallo-Romeins Museum of Tongeren (Belgium), within the frame of a partnership with ICOM.
The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free.
By welcoming the public during the night, museums invite them to visit the collections in a different, unusual and more sensory way. Many animations are offered during this event which is attended by numerous young people and families.
MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
The Museum of Cycladic Art celebrates with the international museum community “Day & Night at the Museum” opening its doors to the public with free admission from 10.00 am until midnight on May 18, 2013.
This year’s programme includes:
One hour tours of the museum’s permanent collections (6.00 p.m., 8.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.). Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the permanent collections of the MCA with short interactive tours to all permanent collections (Cycladic art, Ancient Greek & Ancient Cypriot art).
Deste Prize winners 2013 (40 minutes tours at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.). Every two years, the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Deste Foundation presents the works of six artists. This year’s artists are: Maria Theodorakis, Elias Papailiakis, Michael Pyrgelis, Costas Sachpazis, Alexander Tzannis and Marianna Christofides.
Screenings in collaboration with the International Film Festival Opening Nights (participation by ticket, distribution begins 60 minutes before showtime): a) Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, by Matthew Akers (6:00 p.m., duration 106 min). b) Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, by Alison Klayman (9:00 p.m., duration 91 min).
A tribute to short experimental film artists of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, etc. Curated by the artistic director of the Festival, Orestes Andreadakis (all day).
DJ Set by the producers of radio station En Lefko 87.7 (9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.)
Katerina Kafentzis (Kafka) and George Bakalakos (DAVID) together in a 3 hour dj set.
Outdoor Street Party on Neophytou Doukas str.
ACTIVITIES FRO CHILDREN
Tours for Children and Families (11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Duration 40 min) participation by ticket, distribution begins 30 minutes before the start.
Creative activities for children: a) Visual lab with prospective artists Deste Prize 2013 Alexander Tzannou and Elias Papailiakis (12:30-2:30 p.m., no booking fees), b) At the same time, museum educators will lead short creative activities inspired by the museum’s permanent collection where children can create their own artwork (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., no booking fees).
‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde, performed by the “Flying People”. For kids and and the young at heart! (12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Duration 75 min. Reservations necessary from May 13, 210 7294220, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.).