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Museums Feast

20 and 21 May 2017

Back in May, the feast celebrating the Italian cultural heritage, with special events suitable to any kind of public.

Following the success of the first edition in 2016, dedicated to the theme “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”, (, on the 20th and 21th of May, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism presents once again the Museums Feast (Festa dei Musei).

Continuing the topic proposed by ICOM for the “International Museum Day” on the 18th of May, the Directorate-General of Museums decided to focus this second edition to the issue “Museums in Contes [x] t: saying the unspeakable in museums“.

The initiative provides opportunities for museums and their visitors to reflect on those testimonies of our tangible and intangible heritage that have been marginalized or even excluded from the museum path and from the stories which are narrated to audience, because of political, historical, ideological, religious, ethical or identity reasons, thus becoming an expression of denial and (self) censorship: the “unsaid”, the “unspeakable”.

Logo Musei in contest / Musei in context Raccontare l'indicibile

The semantic overlap of the words “contest” and “context” used in the event logo and topic wants to evoke both the ideological conflict that the “unspeakable” heritage can engender the involvement and participation of public in its storytelling. Context is a concept around which wheel or should always rotate critically any museum experience worthy of being called so. It is related to the ability to represent and describe, through a critical dialectic between container and content, all those historical, social and artistic aspects that are often complex and articulated.

As with the previous edition, the preliminary program provides a comprehensive series of cultural events divided into time ranges and target audiences:

  • Saturday, 20th of May
    The morning is dedicated to activities for families and children (from 9 am to 2 pm “The Heritage for children“). In the afternoon, the program is set up for specialists, curious and lovers (from 2 pm until closing time “The Tale of Heritage“, “Make way for the expert“, “Behind the Heritage“) and / or for the general public, with events involving all the arts (from 14.00 until closing time: “The culture show“).
    Opening hours and entrance costs are standard.
  • Sunday, 21st of May
    The day is open to all categories of public (from 9 am to 8 pm “The Heritage for all“) with events related to the subject of participation in the Heritage in the spirit of the 2005 Faro Convention.
    Opening hours and entrance costs are standard.

Detailed information on the participant institutes and initiatives will be available soon on the website

To follow the event on social media #FestadeiMusei2017 #FDM2017 #FestadeiMusei #museincontesXt #Culturaèpartecipazione

Cover image: a detail of Carlo Levi work “Lucania ’61”, Museo nazionale d’arte medievale e moderna della Basilicata Palazzo Lanfranchi, Matera.

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