Museums serve as custodians of our collective cultural heritage, preserving and showcasing the wonders of the past for future generations. Every year, International Museum Day (IMD) celebrates the significance of museums worldwide. In line with this, the Ministry of Culture has organized a groundbreaking event, the International Museum Expo 2023, taking place from May 18th to 20th at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. This three-day extravaganza aims to foster cross-cultural learning and collaboration among museum professionals, enthusiasts, and visitors from around the globe.
Promoting Cross-Cultural Exchange
The International Museum Expo 2023 serves as a platform for museum professionals and enthusiasts to come together and engage in a holistic conversation about the diverse cultural heritage exhibited by museums across India. Through workshops, seminars, masterclasses, and panel discussions, participants will exchange ideas, insights, and promote cross-cultural understanding. The event has attracted international museum professionals, diplomats, curators, consultants, academicians, and students, providing a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration.
Inauguration by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
The International Museum Expo 2023 will commence with an inaugural ceremony led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, scheduled for 10:30 AM on May 18th at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Prime Minister’s presence underscores the significance of museums as cultural centers and their pivotal role in India’s cultural diplomacy.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and the IMD Theme
The International Museum Expo 2023 is being organized as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a celebration of India’s 75 years of independence. This aligns with the IMD theme for this year, ‘Museums, Sustainability and Well Being.’ The event seeks to initiate a comprehensive conversation on museums and their evolving role as cultural centers that contribute to sustainability and societal well-being.
Highlights of the Expo
During the International Museum Expo 2023, participants will have the opportunity to explore various themed museums through interactive sessions, exhibitions, and presentations. The event will feature a virtual walkthrough of the upcoming National Museum at the North and South Blocks, showcasing India’s rich historical events, personalities, ideas, and achievements.
In addition, several important unveilings will take place, including the Mascot of the International Museum Expo, a contemporary representation of the Dancing girl in the Chennapatnam art style. The Graphic Novel titled ‘A Day at the Museum’ will introduce children to the diverse career opportunities available in museums. The Directory of Indian Museums will serve as a comprehensive survey of museums in India, while the Pocket Map of Kartavya Path will trace the history of iconic pathways and cultural spaces. Finally, the Museum Cards, consisting of illustrated facades of iconic museums across the country, will provide a delightful and informative introduction to museums for people of all ages.
A Global Gathering
The International Museum Expo 2023 will witness the participation of international delegations from cultural centers and museums worldwide. This global gathering will facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices, promoting international collaboration and fostering a deeper understanding of diverse cultures.
The International Museum Expo 2023, held in conjunction with International Museum Day, serves as a testament to the vital role museums play in preserving and promoting cultural heritage. This event provides a unique platform for museum professionals, enthusiasts, and visitors to engage in a dialogue that transcends borders, fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. As we celebrate museums and their contributions to sustainability and well-being, let us embrace the International Museum Expo 2023 as an opportunity to appreciate and cherish the rich tapestry of our shared heritage.