International Museum Day, 18 May 2012

16 February 2012

Dear colleagues and partners,

As in past years, UNESCO will, together with the global community of museums, celebrate the next International Museum Day on 18 May, launched by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to educate the public about the role of museums in the development of society.

In 2012 the theme of the International Museum Day will be Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations. This day will invite its visitors to ponder the role of museums in a society in perpetual change, in the new technological era, and to discover or rediscover how museums envisage the future in regards to sustainable development.

In 2011 a record 30,000 participating museums organized activities in over 120 countries on International Museum Day.

We invite you to actively participate in celebration of this day and to inform UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office about your projects and plans for the celebration.

Please, send your celebrations plans to the Culture Sector of UNESCO Almaty Office: Mr. Yuri Peshkov and Ms. Ekaterina Krylova.

You could use ICOM site to help museums organize the International Museum Day or directly on the link specially dedicated to this event.

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