Conference Alert: Between the Old and New Europe

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Announcement for ICOM Europe Tour 2008

Museum Tour and Conference
"Between the Old and the New Europe"
September 28 – October 5, 2008
Venues: Tirana, Korce, Ohrid, Bitola, Vergina, Thessaloniki and Istanbul

In cooperation with ICOM Macedonia (FYR), ICOM Greece and ICOM Germany

The rich European heritage in the region between the Adriatic See and the Bosporus, in Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece and Turkey is the central aspect of ICOM Europe’s tour 2008. The prevailance of Muslim/Ottoman traditions, the cultural relics of theGreek, Roman and Bycentine periods and the traces of Jewish life andculture make this area a unique place to explore cultural diversity upto modern times.

By visiting major cities and sites in the region the museum tour and conference will enable participants to compare the efforts made bymuseums in Tirana, Korce (Museum of Medieval Art), Ohrid (NationalMuseum of Macedonia), Bitola (several different historical sites),Vergina (Tomb of Philipp II), Thessaloniki (Museum of Bycentine Cultureand others) and Istanbul (private and public museums) to preserve,rebuild or establish collections and exhibitions that reflect thefollowing basic aspects: 1. National and European Identities 2. TheRepresentation of Minorities 3. The Revitalisation of Cultural andNatural Heritage 4. Cultural Diversity and Understanding.

The main intention of the tour is

- to foster crossborder relationships between the countries participating
- to provide insight into problems and necessary immediate action in museums
- to strengthen the museums in the region
- to improve international relationships among European countries and museums
- to create and support networks of museums
- to build up trust between museums

ICOM Europe believes that the ICOM Europe Tour 2008 is a unique projectto foster mobility of museum professionals in Europe. This correspondswith the strategic plan of ICOM and also with the Activity Plan of theEuropean Council, that intends to foster networking and to build uptrust. Mobility of personal has become one of the key elements incultural policy today. We are convinced that the tour and conferencemeets the modern requirements of museum management and will contributeto the development of museums as major cultural institutions in Europe.


A detailed programme and the itinery of the tour shall be available by June. See:


To register for the ICOM Europe Tour 2008 please contact Mr. Udo Goesswald Deadline for registration is June 30,2008. The registration fee is 120 Euros (80 Euros for students). Afterregistering you will receive information about accomodation. ICOM Europe supplies a limited amount of travel grants for ICOMmembers, especially under the age of 35. Please apply for travel grantswith your CV and a letter of request.

Udo Goesswald
c/o Museum Neukölln
Ganghoferstraße 3
12040 Berlin

+49/(0)30/6809 2535
+49/(0)30/6809 3811


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