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Free State joins International Museum Day celebrations

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Old 11-05-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Free State joins International Museum Day celebrations

The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will visit schools as part of celebrating International Museum Day.

“The outreach component of museum services will be presenting PowerPoint [presentations] on national symbols and nation buildings, as well as careers in museums and contemporary history related topics based on the African Union and Africa’s colonial past and its independence,” Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation spokesperson Tankiso Zola said.

International Museum Day is celebrated on 16 May. The theme for this year’s theme is ‘Museums for a Sustainable Society’.

Grade 7 to 10 learners will participate in the programme from Monday until Friday at schools in the Xhariep District.

“The initiative was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), with the aim of raising awareness about the role of museums in the development of society.

“One of the most important contemporary challenges shared by people all over the world is to adapt new ways of living and developing within the limits of nature,” Zola said.

He said the transition towards a sustainable society requires inventing new methods of thinking and acting. “Museums play a key role in this transition, promoting sustainable development and serving as real laboratories for best practices,” Zola said.

The provincial Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation intends to promote and preserve the heritage of the province by observing the International Museum Day.

Activities planned for the celebration will promote unity and enhance the country’s national identity.

“The event will present an opportunity for us to illustrate the importance of museums as part of the cultural heritage of our country to communities and the youth in particular,” Zola said. –
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