UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the “International Museum Day”, organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Iranian Academy of the Arts on 18 May 2019.
A number of Iranian officials including the Vice President and Head of the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization Dr. Ali Asghar Monesan, the Director of National Committee of ICOM Dr. Seyyed Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaie, the Deputy of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, the Head of Iranian Academy of the Arts Dr. Alireza Esmaeili and others.
Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Office delivered a speech on the occasion of celebration of International Museum Day 2019. In his statement he underscored the importance of the museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
The International Museum Day is celebrated this year under the theme of “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”, which emphasizes the important role of museums in the transmission of knowledge, learning and understanding of cultural identities. As such, museums are important agents of sustainable development, as they provide quality educational and cultural contents for local and international communities. UNESCO shall continue to ensure the development of collection inventories and documentation, which are of paramount importance to improving the overall management of museums and in curbing the illicit trafficking of cultural property.
As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are in permanent search for new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. In addition, museums can play a leading role in bolstering the creative economy locally and regionally.
Museums are also increasingly present in the social sphere, acting as platforms for debate and discussion, tackling complex societal issues and encouraging public participation. In Iran, UNESCO continue working with its partners: the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and ICOM Iran, for capacity building of the museum managers and other relevant stakeholders for more effective and sustainable management of museums in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The celebration of the International Museum Day also covered the announcement of the results and appreciation of the selection of the Twelfth Top Museum in 2018, who received their awards during the ceremony.
As a side event to this celebration, the exhibition of artworks named “The Future of Tradition”, as well as the exhibition of handicrafts from Isfahan and Baluchistan took place, as an opportunity to showcase works by celebrated Iranian artists.