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E-newsletter January 2016

Don't miss the chance to get 35% off your conference registration fee!

The ICOM General Conference offers both a great opportunity and a challenge to museums. It's the chance for them to change how they do things and to strengthen their cultural and social roles, and in this third millennium, looking at these key issues is a winning strategy for museums everywhere.

Register now for ICOM Milano 2016 and get 35% off the registration fee! Hurry, because this discount ends on 28 January 2016.

Visit the General Conference website to find calls for papers from ICOM's International Committees:

Want to submit a paper? Don't wait to send in your proposals!

New! The preliminary programme of the General Conference is now available! Take a look:

Happy New Year!

The International Council of Museums would like to thank you for another year of exchanges and contributions and to send you our warmest wishes for the New Year. We look forward to your continued support and fruitful cooperation in 2016!

ICOM launches its Iraqi Red List in German

The German version of the ICOM Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk (2015 update) was presented in Berlin, Germany, on 14 January 2016.

In the presence of Monika Grütters, German State Minister and Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media, and Michael Reiffenstuel, Foreign Cultural Policy Commissioner at the German Foreign Office, ICOM presented the German version of the ICOM Emergency Red List for Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk (2015 update) at the Archaeology Centre of the State Museums of Berlin, in the German capital. The Vorderasiatisches Museum of the Pergamonmuseum greatly contributed to the scientific elaboration of the Iraqi Red List, the German translation of which was funded by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. During the event a cuneiform tablet from Iraq was officially restituted to the Ambassador of Iraq. Read entire article here

At the end of 2015, ICOM had published two vital tools for its ongoing commitment to fighting illicit traffic in cultural goods: the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at risk, and the book Countering illicit traffic in cultural goods: the global challenge of protecting the world's heritage.

Read entire article here

Musées (em)portables festival: Awarding of the "ICOM-Musée pour tous" prize

Dr Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, Director General of ICOM, awarded the "ICOM-Musée pour tous" (ICOM-Museums for All) prize at the Musées (em)portables (Mobile Museums) festival on 13 January. Three films received awards recognising audio-visual productions featuring the relationship between museums and audiences with reduced access to culture (socially and economically disadvantaged populations, persons with disabilities, new migrants, residents of rural areas, etc.) by offering a sensitive and innovative look at the subject. First prize was awarded to T-essere Memorie, a film about an activities programme for Alzheimer's patients at the Museo delle palafitte di Fiavé in Italy. The title, T-essere Memorie, is a play on the Italian verbs essere ("to be") and tessere ("to weave"), conveying the idea that by learning how things were done in the past, Alzheimer's patients can rebuild their memories and their humanity. Second prize was awarded to the film Quand l'art sert d'union, about an educational project at the National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid, Spain that trained four people suffering from mental illness to work as museum guides for a day. Third prize went to Piquer une tête , which was filmed by a group of teenagers facing serious academic and social difficulties from Marly, in northern France, during a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes.

The 2016 launch of the ICOM-Musée pour tous prize is part of ICOM's efforts to promote the accessibility of museums to all. This prize is at the forefront of ICOM’s activity in the international arena and will be presented once again in 2017. The Musées (em)portables festival is held every year during the SITEM Trade Show, which brings together culture and innovation professionals at the Cité de la mode et du design in Paris. In light of the 2016 edition's success, ICOM plans to renew its partnership with the festival in 2017.

Original viewpoints, relevant information: find the section dedicated to ICOM 24th General Conference every month here in your e-newsletter.

The volunteers are ready for ICOM Milano 2016!

In December 2015, the first volunteers' meeting took place at ICOM Italy in Milan, with more than 130 people attending (approximately 80 people onsite and 60 online connections to the live stream).

Volunteers spent almost two hours with the staff of ICOM Milano 2016 learning more about ICOM and the General Conference from Alberto Garlandini, President of the Organizing Committee. They also learned more about their roles during the conference, and the social media group informed them about ongoing activities. The organisers were pleased with the lively participation and were happy to answer all of the questions that followed the presentations, which gave rise to an interesting discussion.

More than 300 volunteers are expected at the 24th ICOM General Conference. A series of portraits will be published on the conference's Facebook page to profile some of the people who will be working closely with ICOM during several exciting days in July. Like and share the ICOM General Conference page on Facebook for more info! Watch the video of the meeting on the ICOM Milano 2016 Volunteers

YouTube channel (in Italian only):

The December issue of ICOM News magazine is now available online!

Simply click on the link below to access this brand-new issue packed with the latest news, interviews, projects and best practices from the museum world:

If you wish to download the issue in PDF format, you may do so on your ICOMMUNITY page: icom-news-magazine

ICOM News will be delivered to your mailboxes in the coming days and weeks. We hope you enjoy this issue, devoted to the theme "Museums and cultural landscapes".

ICOM speaks up for copyright exceptions

At the 31st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), organised in Geneva, Switzerland from 7 to 11 December, 2015, Dr Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, Director General of ICOM, made a statement on behalf of the organisation.

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