Museums get ready for a late one

Kathimerini English - - Life -

Anum­ber of pri­vate and pub­lic lo­cal cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in events to cel­e­brate the Euro­pean Night of Museums 2011 this evening.

The idea for the noc­tur­nal cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion came from the French Min­istry of Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in 2005 and has since grown into a broad event marked by museums across the con­ti­nent.

The Euro­pean Night of Museums is a pre­cur­sor of In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day, which takes place ev­ery year around May 18.

The Euro­pean Night of Museums in­cludes free ac­cess to par­tic­i­pat­ing venues, which also or­ga­nize their own spe­cial events. Last year, more than 3,000 Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions took part. Mean­while, this year’s theme is “Museums and Mem­ory.”

Wel­come drinks, dance events, a screen­ing of the 2010 movie “Con­fu­cius” and an ex­hi­bi­tion of Jiang Guo Fang’s large-scale paint- ings of Bei­jing’s For­bid­den City are on the menu at the B&M Theocharakis Foun­da­tion this evening, with events run­ning from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

From sun­set to mid­night, the Her­ak­lei­don Mu­seum and the Na­tional Con­ser­va­tory are or­ga­niz­ing an evening ded­i­cated to “The Vis­ual Arts and Mu­sic: A Mys­ti­cal Di­a­logue.” The event in­cludes stu­dents of the con­ser­va­tory in­ter­pret­ing clas­si­cal as well as tra­di­tional Greek mu­sic in the mu­seum’s halls. Ad­mis­sion is free and drinks will be served.

At the Be­naki Mu­seum’s Pireos Street an­nex, the Euro­pean Night of Museums will be cel­e­brated with the open­ing of the “ARRRGH! Mon­sters in Fash­ion” ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­nized by Ato­pos CVC. The event, which will start at 8 p.m., will also in­clude the “Atopic Bod­ies: The Mon­ster’s Ball” per­for­mance.

Mean­while, the Greek Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism re­cently un­veiled a se­ries of events be­ing or­ga­nized in view of both the Euro­pean Night of Museums and In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day. Na­dia Pa­p­atheodorou will present a mu­sic per­for­mance at the Byzan­tine and Chris­tian Mu­seum on May 19, for in­stance, while the mu­seum staff will share with vis­i­tors a num­ber of sto­ries be­hind a se­lec­tion of pieces from its per­ma­nent col­lec­tions on May 22.

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