The Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and the Cyprus National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) announce that, within the framework of International Museum Day 2023 (18th May), under the theme “Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing”, and the European Night of Museums (13th May 2023) numerous events will be organized in 26 museums. Most events are organised with free entrance.
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. This year’s theme, “Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing” highlights the vital role that museums play in promoting sustainable development and well-being. As the world faces significant global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequality, museums can help educate the public on these issues and encourage action towards positive change. There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health. Museums around the world participate in the International Museum Day by hosting events, exhibitions, and activities that explore the theme of sustainability and well-being. These events showcase how museums are working to reduce their environmental impact, promote sustainable practices, and educate the public on the importance of sustainability.
Organised on and around the 18th of May each year, International Museum Day celebrations can last a day, a weekend, a whole week or even a month. Participation in International Museum Day is growing internationally. ICOM is an international non-governmental organisation made up of over 45.493 museum professionals in 123 countries and territories.
The public can download the programme of events from the Department of Antiquities’ website (www.mcw.gov.cy/da) and social media (Facebook and Instagram), as well as from the websites of the participating museums. The events will also be promoted on the social media platforms of the museums.