The 10th edition of ”Youth and Museums” International Conference and the EFUCA Congress
Article published on 18-07-2018
Cultural education plays a decisive role in building the young European generation; it represents the key to the development of a society based on communication, exchange of ideas, values and tolerance. The museum – nucleus of research and reflection, on one side, and space of encounter and dialogue, on the other side – preserves vestiges of material culture, thus mediating the public access to the non-material dimension of culture. Thereby, artistic, spiritual and identity values are spread across society, in particular across youth. Beyond scientific activities (such as conservation and study), European museums are nowadays called upon challenging alternative offers present on the market as well as upon meeting the increasing cultural demands of youth. In this particular context, we ask ourselves how museums can still attract young audience and how can they keep the interest of this audience alive? The “Youth and Museums” project searches for solutions to these key-issues.
Between 28th June - 1st July took place the 10th edition of the International Conference "YOUth and MUSEums" and the 3rd Intermediate Congress of the European Federation for UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (EFUCA). "Youth and Museums" was organized by Alumnus Club for UNESCO, a member of the Romanian Federation of Centers, Clubs and Associations for UNESCO, in partnership with the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO, the Argeș County Council and the Golești Viticulture and Pomiculture Museum. The EFUCA Congress was organized by the European and Romanian Federations for UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, and Alumnus Club for UNESCO, in partnership with the Viticulture and Pomiculture Museum Golești, National Commission of Romania for UNESCO and UNESCO Cultural Center "Citadel of the Romance song" in Târgoviște.
The events were dedicated to the theme of "European Cultural Heritage - an Invitation to Dialogue and Collaboration", and took place at the Golești Viticulture and Pomiculture Museum, the Cultural Centre for UNESCO ”Citadel of the Romance song” Târgoviște and National Village Museum ”Dimitrie Gusti” in Bucharest, with the participation of 30 museum representatives from Romania and 30 museum representatives from 10 other countries - Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Russia, Serbia and the UK.
The events unfolded under the aegis of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.