Posted on May 14, 2013

In line with the global community’s celebrations of the International Museum Day, Qatar Museums Authority will hold on Thursday May 16, 2013 at the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art a public conference highlighting the theme of the celebration for this year: “Museums (memory + creativity) = social change”. On this occasion, QMA is organizing as well a competition for the public encouraging them to visit the museums, galleries, and exhibitions organized across Doha.

This year’s theme gathers several concepts that are essential to defining what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of museums and its positive influence on society. Museums are at the heart of cultural, social and economic issues in contemporary societies. The conference will explore as well Qatar’s museums: the memories they hold, the creativity they inspire, and how they help chart a course for the future.

Four international museum representatives participated in this event including, Mr. Abdulrahman Saud Musameh, Director of Museum at the Bahraini Ministry of Information, HE. Sheikh Jassim Bin Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Museum (Qatar), Mr. Nasser Al-Hammadi, Secretary of the National Museum of Qatar, as well as Dr Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Deputy Director for Research and Collections of the National Museum of Qatar.

Participants in the IMD competition are required to visit and collect two stamps at any two out of four QMA venues for a chance to win an exclusive dinner for two at IDAM, an Alain Ducasse Restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art. The competition will run till 18 June.  For more on the terms and conditions, please visit qma.org.qa.

“Like every year, QMA is happy to be holding an event in celebration of the International Museum Day,” said Mr. Nasser Al-Hammadi. He added saying: “By bringing together its employees and members of the community, QMA aims to involve everyone in Qatar’s arts scene, and give them the chance to reflect on how museums educate on the heritage of mankind and celebrate culture.”

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established the International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. International Museum Day activities focus on the importance of museums as a platform to spread and underscore knowledge, science and human heritage. It’s also a platform for cultural exchange and a means to preserve world heritage that will enhance cooperation between people and spread peace in the world. In 2012, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with almost 32,000 museums hosting events in more than 129 countries.

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