CoMuseum conference poster – Caption ‘More Than a Conference’
Thursday 17 September 2020 -
17:00 to 18:00

In 2020 the CoMuseum International Conference is launching as a physical and digital platform for museums and cultural professionals. Its goal is to share the best ideas and practices from around the world, highlight contemporary challenges and create a global network of professionals that will co-design a ‘culture-edge’ future for our societies.

After a decade of annual events offering capacity building for museums and the cultural community in Greece, the Museum Conference will soon launch its new identity, focusing this year on the digital sphere. The CoMuseum International Conference, previously taking place in Athens and Thessaloniki, will feature top international experts from museums and cultural institutions, who will share insights and ideas on the present and future of museums.

The next conference is scheduled for 2–4 December 2020. Our priority, of course, is the health and safety of our community and we will take all necessary measures to create a safe event, and may adjust the dates and set-up of our main conference to ensure the well-being of our participants and stakeholders.

Stay tuned for announcements about the CoMuseum, as well as details of virtual engagements (talks, discussions, meet-ups and webinars) leading up to our conference.


Leadership in Challenging Times

The CoMuseum International Conference is organising a series of digital conversations entitled Leadership in Challenging Times with local and international experts from museums and other cultural organisations. The digital conversations will take place in September and October 2020 and will be convened by the CoMuseum main partners: the Benaki Museum, the British Council and the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy.

Managing Cultural Institutions | 17 September 2020, 17.00

Curated and hosted by Anastasia Andritsou, Director British Council in Greece

Organised in collaboration with EUNIC

Panel members:

  • Patrick Comoy, Director of the French Institute in Greece
  • Angela Kaya, Director of the Goethe-Institut Athen
  • Cristina Conde de Beroldingen Geyr, Director of the Instituto Cervantes Atenas
  • Anna Mondavio, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Atene

The cultural sector has been hit hard by Covid-19. Recovery might take a long time so cultural institutions need to rethink and reframe their central role in culture and shape the day after. Emergency management since the outbreak of the pandemic has relied heavily on organisational leadership, requiring agility, creativity and emotional intelligence. Despite the unprecedented effects of Covid-19, cultural institutions are doing their best to deal with the health, safety, financial and programming challenges they continue to face.

How have some of the most important European cultural institutions in Greece responded to this challenge given that the health of their businesses is clearly linked to the health of their workforce and the public? And with the second wave of Covid-19 lurking and the high level of uncertainty surrounding the economic impact of the pandemic, how will cultural institutions remain active and relevant, and dare to change and co-design a global future centred on culture?

Further information

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