Maria Vlachou is a Cultural Management and Communications consultant. She is a founding member and Executive Director of Acesso Cultura, working for the improvement of access – physical, social, intellectual – to cultural participation. Author of the bilingual (pt/en) blog Musing on Culture, where she writes about culture, the arts, museums, cultural management and communication, access. She is the manager of the Facebook group Museum texts / Textos em museus and co-manager of the blog Museums and Migration. She was Communications Director of São Luiz Municipal Theatre and Head of Communication of Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva (Lisbon). She is a board member of ICOM Portugal (2005-2014) and the editor of its bulletin. Fellow of ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts (2018); Alumna of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington (2011-2013); she has a M.A. in Museum Studies (University College London, 1994) and a B.A. in History and Archaeology (University of Ioannina, Greece, 1992).
At NEMO’s European Museum Conference 2019, Maria Vlachou is giving an impulse speech and will moderate “Panel II - SDG 16: Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions” on Friday 8 November. Keiu Telve, Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom, and Višnja Kisic, University of Belgrade, are joining the panel.