Update: 17/08/2022 11:01
Issued by: 17/08/2022, 11:01 am
Prague – At the general conference in Prague, thousands of museum professionals will discuss the position of museums in contemporary society, the possibility of their fight against climate change, better protection of cultural heritage and assistance to institutions in the event of war and other disasters. The meeting will be held from August 20 to 28, for the first time in its history in a hybrid form, i.e. physically and online. The General Conference of the International Council of Museums ICOM is held every three years in major cities of the member states of the council. The last time was in 2019 in the Japanese city of Kyoto.
According to earlier information, the Czech state should contribute 25 million crowns to the event, which the organizers compare to the cultural Olympic Games. Another 45 million crowns should be paid by sponsors, exhibitors, registration fees and a grant from Prague. According to the organizer, about 3,500 participants are registered. The main meeting place will be the Congress Center.
According to the Ministry of Culture, the conference is an extraordinary opportunity to promote Czech museums and Czech culture, and it takes place at a time when the Czech Republic holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In addition to the professional program itself, conference participants will get to know the Czech cultural heritage. The first two days, i.e. August 20 and 21, await them on an excursion around Prague. The last three days of the conference will then be devoted to excursions around the country.
Under the main motto of the conference The Power of Museums, the program is divided into four areas, which are senses in civil society, sustainability and the ability of museums to overcome crises, the vision of museum management in the future and communication, i.e. especially the ability of museums to use new technologies.
The organization of the conference was initiated by the Czech Committee of ICOM, one of the founding members of the International Council of Museums. ICOM (International Committee of Museums) is the most important museum professional organization in the world, which now brings together almost 45,000 museum workers and over 20,000 museums from 138 countries. ICOM ranks among the largest professional organizations in the world and is the most important international think tank in the museum industry. The ICOM General Conference is the highest assembly of the Council.