How can a national museum contribute to society? This question was at the core of a programme with museum experts and artists organised at Casa Europa at FLIP festival in Paraty, Brazil. In Brasília, a youth orchestra encourages young people from all strands of society to learn classical instruments. Both projects are implemented by EUNIC members and supported through the Cluster Fund.
The Future of Museums – EUNIC São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
For the second time in a row EUNIC members hosted Casa Europa at FLIP, the International Literary Festival in Paraty, the most important literary and discourse event in Brazil. The devastating fire at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro in September 2018 was the point of departure for the thematic approach to the programme entitled “The Future of Museums”.
During three days in July 2019, five thematic talks with experts from Brazil and Europe and artistic interventions were presented, attracting around 2,500 visitors. Among the invited guests featured Benoît de L’Estoile (anthropologist and professor, France), Cristiana Serejo (deputy director general of National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Grada Kilomba (psychoanalyst and writer, Germany), Jesper Stub Johnsen (deputy director of National Museum of Denmark) and Juan Manuel Bonet (art critic and historian, Spain).
Panellists and participants also discussed the politics of memory, future-oriented avenues for public museums and audience development strategies. Thanks to a first-time cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Lounge Casa Europa invited visitors to browse through thematic book collections, to have individual talks with invited speakers and to write personal letters to theNational Museum or another museum of their choice. Around 3,000 visitors came to explore Casa Europa.
Youth Orchestra – EUNIC Brasília
The project was one of the coolest things that happened in my life. Playing the flute encouraged me to learn about music. I want to keep working hard and learn new instruments. When I'm sad, I play the flute and I feel better. When I grow up, I want to be a professional and maybe someday be a conductor.
– Mayara, 10 years old
The Youth Orchestra started with a new cycle in May 2019 during the Europe Week. The project is focusing on musical inclusion of young people and advancing exchanges of knowledge and experiences by promoting presentations, concerts and masterclasses with European artists. The participation in EUNIC activities such as the Europe Week offers young musicians the chance to celebrate their achievements on large stages. In its second year of existence, the programme expanded the musical lessons, created two new beginners classes, accompanied two pre-existing classes and supported a flute lessons module.
The Youth Orchestra offers me opportunities for professionalisation and technical growth. I am very proud to be a part of the group. – Maxell Costa Barbosa, 21 years old