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Thursday 29 November 2018 to Friday 30 November 2018
Athens & Thessaloniki

Synergies, coalitions and partnerships between museums, cultural initiatives, civil society and beyond

As barriers fall between traditional cultural institutions and new initiatives in the arts, education and civil society, the time has come for museums to recognise synergies as their new capital. Creating a culture of collaboration – internally and externally – is a powerful tool to achieve increased effectiveness and prosperity.

Many museums around the world are building coalitions with diverse community groups and organisations and investing in synergies with unlikely partners – from bike tour organisers to tech start-ups, and from hospitals and homes for the elderly to theatres and corporations. Cultural organisations are realising that by sharing experiences and joining forces with other partners they become more relevant to their communities. Synergies have a multiplying effect on outreach and audience development, as well as on sustainability and financial growth.

This year’s Museum Conference will highlight inspiring examples of synergies and partnerships from the UK, the U.S., Germany and Greece. It will explore how museums and cultural organisations can embed diverse collaborations in their strategy and planning, and how they can invite different communities and initiatives to participate in a process of co-creation.


Our guest speakers will share their experience in public and private partnerships, conventional and non-conventional synergies, commercial and non-commercial collaborations, cross disciplinary and cross-sectoral coalitions.

Our invited speakers are:

  • Carol Rogers MBE, Executive Director of Education and Visitors, National Museums Liverpool (UK)
  • Thanos Argyropoulos, Managing Director, Marina Abramovic Institute (U.S.A.)
  • Vassilis Ηaralambidis, Founder, Bios, Romantso (GR)
  • Alexandros Kambouroglou, Executive Director, Athens Partnership, Municipality of Athens (GR)
  • Yannis Koukmas, Director of Audience Development and Participation, Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture (GR)
  • Barbara Polla, Founder, Sharing Perama Project (GR)
  • Patrick Presch, Curator of Education, National Museums Berlin (Germany)
  • Adam Rozan, Director of Programs and Audience Development, The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian; Adjunct Professor Harvard University Extension School (U.S.A.)
  • George Sachinis, Co-founder, Urban Dig Project (GR)
  • Scott Stulen, Director and President, Philbrook Museum of Art (U.S.A.)
  • Monika Tsiliberdi, Policy Officer for Creative Economy, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (GR)

Simultaneous interpretation into/from Greek and English will be provided.

Admission is free and certificates of attendance will be provided.


When Thursday 29 November 2018, 09.00–19.00
Where Benaki Museum
138 Pireos Street
118 54 Athens
Recorded sessions

The conference is organised in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the Embassy of the United States, with the support of the Goethe Institut.

Supported by the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, through the R.O.C.K. project, co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. The conference is taking place under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Municipality of Athens.

Sponsor: UniSystem


When Friday 30 November 2018, 11.00–18.00
Where HELEXPO (Aimilios Riadis Hall)
154 Egnatia Street
546 36 Thessaloniki

The conference is organised in partnership with The State Museum of Contemporary Art, The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Goethe Institut and the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki.

Supported by TIF-HELEXPO, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Municipality of Thessaloniki.


For further information, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Telephone 210 369 2336 | 210 369 2361