Launch of International Museum Day 2015 Museums for a sustainable society
The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18
This year’s theme for the event will be Museums for a sustainable society.
It highlights the role of
museums in raising public awareness about the need for a society that is less wasteful, more
cooperative and that uses resources in a way that respects living systems.
ICOM President, Prof. Dr Hans‐Martin Hinz, adds: “Museums, as educators and cultural mediators,
are adopting an increasingly vital role in contributing to the definition and implementation of
sustainable development and practices. Museums must be able to guarantee their role in
safeguarding cultural heritage, given the increasing precariousness of ecosystems, situations of
political instability, and the associated natural and man‐made challenges that may arise. Museum
work, through education and exhibitions for example, should strive to create a sustainable society.
We must do everything we can to ensure that museums are part of the cultural driving force for the
sustainable development of the world.”
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to
increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been
steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2014, International Museum Day garnered record‐breaking
participation with more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries.
Visit the International Museum Day official website:
Press Contact – Tel. + 33 1 47 34 05 00 – firstname.lastname@example.org
ICOM, Maison de l’UNESCO. 1, rue Miollis. 75732 Paris Cedex 15. France Tel. +33 1 47 34 05 00. Fax: +33 1 43 06 78 62
(Verkry van International Museum Dag se webwerf)