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International Museum Day


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Luanda  - The International Museum Day is celebrated today, May 18, a date established by ICOM (International Council of Museums - UNESCO body).

ICOM, which since 1946 represents museums and museum professionals, brings together about 28,000 professionals and 2,000 museums, incorporating 31 international committees.

Established in 1977, the International Museum Day takes in each year a specific theme or a slogan, thus aiming to give universal meaning to the celebrations, in different countries and under different approaches, together with usual public museum visitors and new occasional participants.

In 2011, the theme proposed by ICOM for the commemoration of May 18 is "Museum and memory: the objects tell your story."

To greet the day, cultural promotion activities are being carried out in various parts of the world, which stimulate the knowledge and approach of different audiences to museums.

In Angola, Cabinda province receives, from 17 to 18 this month, the sixth national meeting of museum professionals.

For two days, participants are to look into the "General Staff of the museums", "Application of the rules of scientific careers in museums and the Proposal of the framework law on museums", "Proposal of the qualifier for the professionals of museums" .

"Proposal of the National Museum, "Organisation and management of deposits ", Cultural Mediation of museums and research " and "Computerising the museum collection and training ", are also part of the programme.

The country has two dozen museums, divided into three categories: national, regional and local. Only six are located in Luanda.

Since 2001 the collection of all museums in the country had to be inventoried. Angolan museum professionals are concerned about the current divorce between museums and citizens, particularly youths.

Angolan museums fall under the Ministry of Culture, with the exception of the Armed Forces one, located in the former Fort of San Miguel, in the capital.