Conference programme

10-12 November 2024

Sibiu, Romania

Main venue: Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu

10:00-
14:00

At Biblioteca Județeană Astra

Directors' meeting

Senior managers of national museum umbrella organisations, which are members of NEMO, are invited to join the Directors' Meeting. Open to Full Members of NEMO and on personal invitation only. Registration is required.

14:30/
15:30

Nemo

Sightseeing

Tours and museum visits

You are invited to join one of the activities below by signing up in the conference registration. Please note that the tours have different start and end times.

  1. ASTRA Museum (14:30-16:30)
    This tour takes you to the largest ethnographic open air museum in Romania and one of the largest in Europe. Get insights into how the ASTRA Museum deals with pre-industrial rural heritage, research and collaborates with traditional rural communities from the entire country. For this special occasion, you will have the chance to experience hands-on activities, facilitated by skilled craftspeople.
    Starting point: ASTRA Museum, main entrance
  2. Sibiu city tour (14:30-16:30)
    Get connected with a vibrant city with roots dating back to medieval times: Sibiu, the former European Cultural Capital in 2007. Learn how it is managed to stay fresh and relevant throughout its century-old history.
    Starting point: Casa Artelor (House of Arts)
  3. Brukenthal Palace and Museum (15:30-17:30)
    Explore the oldest museum in Romania with 200 years of history and its impressive European art collection including Jan van Eyck, Antonello da Messina, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Bruegel, Franz Neuhauser, along with Romanian masters Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ştefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza, Corneliu Baba. Beyond the rich collection, the palace, a baroque monument, impresses with its well-preserved architecture, interior and exterior detailed elements and furniture.
    Starting point: Brukenthal Museum

18:00

At Brukenthal Museum

Facilitated networking session

Mingle and network with the other conference participants in a facilitated networking session.

19:00

Nemo

Reception

At Brukenthal Museum

Reception and dinner

The conference opens with a reception and dinner at the Brukenthal Museum.

09:00

Registration and coffee

Come by for a coffee and get your conference badge at the Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu.

09:30

Introduction and welcome

We welcome you to the conference.

10:00

Keynote speech

Prepare for an engaging and insightful keynote that will kick off the conference topic and discussions.

10:45

Nemo

Coffee break

Coffee break

Stretch your legs and get some refreshments.

11:15

We need to talk!

This introductory panel will focus on the impact cultural organisations have on polarising tendencies in today's societies and vice versa.

12:45

Nemo

Lunch

Lunch break

Time for lunch before the afternoon programme starts.

14:00

Can we talk?

This session focuses on relationship issues museums (might) have: How to counteract polarisation by building strong relationships with underrepresented groups?

15:15

Nemo

Coffee break

Coffee break

Stretch your legs and get some refreshments.

16:00-
18:00

Nemo

Running in parallel

Workshops

Workshops will be announced soon.

19:00

Nemo

Evening reception

Reception and dinner

Reception and dinner at the Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu.

08:45

Registration and coffee

Come by for a coffee and get your conference badge at the Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu.

09:00

Should we talk?

This session explores the museum as trusted institutions and their societal role in polarising times. Should they provide consistent (neutral) places or should they take a stand?

10:15

Slam: Navigating Controversies

How to deal with sensitive topics while facing backlash or controversy? How can museums respond when caught in the crosshairs of sociopolitical debate? Museum professionals will talk openly about how they navigate controversies, about their strategies or ad hoc reactions, failures and lessons learnt.

11:00

Nemo

Coffee break

Coffee break

Stretch your legs and get some refreshments.

11:30

Are we allowed to talk?

This session will address the experience museums might have with growing political influence and censorship in their institutions. How do museums react to political influence, which strategies can cultural institutions such as museums use to deal with, or even counteract, political interference?

13:15

Nemo

Lunch break

Lunch break

Time for lunch and to jump on a shuttle to the ASTRA museum where the afternoon programme will continue.

14:45

Nemo

Parallel activities

ASTRA Museum

NEMO Members' Forum

Members of NEMO are invited to exchange and network in the Members' Forum. (Only open to members of NEMO).

14:45

Nemo

Parallel activities

ASTRA Museum

Tour of ASTRA Museum

Non-members are invited to join a tour of the ASTRA Museum while NEMO members participate in the Members' Forum.

16:00

Nemo

Coffee break

ASTRA Museum

Coffee break

Stretch your legs and get some refreshments.

16:30

Nemo

Running in parallel

ASTRA Museum

Workshops

Workshops will be announced soon.

18:30

Nemo

Reception

ASTRA Museum

Final reception

Join the final reception and dinner at the ASTRA Museum.

10:00-
16:00

Nemo

Sightseeing

Additional tour

Although the conference officially is finished, we have arranged an additional tour for you to see more of Romania.

  • Tour Alba Iulia - Symbolic city of modern Romania
    A 1-hour drive from Sibiu will take participants to Alba Iulia, the city that marked the union of the historical provinces into modern Romania, full of history and landmarks: a Vauban citadel, the coronation cathedral and the lavish Palace of the Transylvanian Princes. Participants will be driven back to Sibiu with a stop at the airport on the way.
    Meeting point: Outside the Golden Tulip Hotel

Join us in Sibiu from 10-12 November

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