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    Heritage Interpretation: the Power of Storytelling in Museums

    Heritage Interpretation: the Power of Storytelling in Museums

    The conference "Heritage Interpretation: the Power of Storytelling in Museums" is organized by ICOM Austria, ICOM Russia, ICOM Czech Republic, ICOM Slovakia, ICOM Switzerland with the support of International Council of Museums and St. Petersburg Committee for Culture

    Date: June 27 – 29th, 2019

    Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation (The State Hermitage Museum, Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, St Isaac's Cathedral State Museum)

    The conference will discuss how museums are aiming to benefit society, as they are cultural hubs invigorating communities at a local but also international level. As cultural storytellers, museums can be powerful agents of change, but to do so, we need to tell inclusive stories that break through the barriers that divide us. Often if different perspectives are brought together, the acceptance of this contested history is the first step for promoting peaceful relationships between people. Museums can encourage this process and are playing an active role in addressing traumatic histories or controversial topics. So what are the keys to creating the inclusive museum? What kind of new perspective or awareness should be conveyed to the visitors? What stories should be told and who is telling them?

    The structure of the Conference

    June 26, 2019, Wednesday

    • CULTURAL PROGRAM: excursion to St Isaac's Cathedral State Museum

    June 27, 2019, Thursday

    Location: The “Old Village” Restoration and Storage Center of the State Hermitage, Zausadebnaya str., 37

    • PLENARY SESSION: “The Role of Storytelling in Building Dialogue between Museums and Audiences”
    • THEMATIC SESSION 1: “Revealing hidden histories of various social groups and neglected heritage”
    • CULTURAL PROGRAM: Excursion at the State Hermitage Museum

    June 28, 2019, Friday

    Location: The “Old Village” Restoration and Storage Center of the State Hermitage, Zausadebnaya str., 37
    • THEMATIC SESSION 2: “Interpreting dissonant heritage: museums as mediators in the public space”
    • THEMATIC SESSION 3:  “Relevant storytelling about the contemporary heritage”

    June 29, 2019, Saturday 

    • Excursion in the State Museum-Reserve "Gatchina"

    The participation in the Conference is free of charge
    Please note that travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by participants themselves

    If you wish to attend the Conference please register following the linkhttp://icom-oesterreich.at/kalender/icom-international-conference-heritage-interpretation-power-storytelling-museums

    Program of the Conference.

    Recommended hotels

    Art Nuvo Palace hotel - https://artnuvopalace.com/about/
    Saint Petersburg, 17th line of Vasilievsky ostrov, 64
    Special rate for the standard room - 6000 rub per night including breakfast.
    For booking please call to the hotel: +7 812 3820417 or send the e-mail - hotel@artnuvopalace.com. You should indicate the code words “ICOM Russia”.
    The deadline for booking - 14 June 2019. The number of rooms is limited.

    Cameo - www.cameohotel.ru
    G. Saint-Petersburg, Fontanka River Embankment, 90, box. 6
    Room rate is 5000 rubles per day, including breakfast. Level number standard.
    For reservations you need to contact the reservation department by phone +7 812 328 15 15 or e-mail - info@cameohotel.ru
    The code word "ICOM of Russia". The deadline for booking is June 10, 2019.

    If you have any questions regarding participation, please contact ICOM Russia Executive Directorate icom.russia@gmail.com