NEMO Annual Meeting in Linz, Austria

The upcoming NEMO Annual Meeting will be held in Linz, Austria from 27-29 November in cooperation with the Austrian Museums Association, that has invited the network to convene the meeting in the Cultural Capital City of 2009 (visit www.linz09.at/en/ for more details). The meeting's venue will be the State Gallery, a specialised scientific institution for modern and contemporary art in the Province of Upper Austria. The Gallery forms part of the Upper Austrian State Museums.

The meeting's first day is dedicated to the hosting country and will focus on the museum landscape, culture policies and running projects in Austria, including a presentation about ongoing activities in the museum sector in regard to Linz being the European Capital of Culture this year.

NEMO has decided to take the opportunity for focusing more closely on the topic of "Museums and Innovation and Creativity" at the meeting, succeeding the "European Year of Creativity and Innovation", exploring museums' potential in the creative and innovative area, presenting progressive concepts and giving insight to the European activities in the field. Various opportunities for joint projects between different culture sectors, such as tourism and museums, shall be discussed also in regard to Linz being the Culture Capital. Additionally, the network's members will elect a new chair and board for NEMO, which will be in charge of NEMO's activities from 2010 on.

The NEMO Annual Meeting serves as a platform for national museum associations and other bodies dealing with museum matters to exchange their ideas and views on European topics of concern and to forward these thoughts to their countries' museums. More than 30 representatives of national museum collegiates from more than 20 European countries traditionally attend the meeting.

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