21st June 2021
International Day of Museums, Sitges
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Sitges Museums offering free events to celebrate International Museum Day

Sitges Museums are offering several free events to mark International Museum Day (IMD), celebrated every year on and around 18 May, and organised since 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Many museums around the world organise special events to mark the occasion, including nighttime visits – Sitges Museums included.

The purpose of IMD is to raise awareness about museums being an important means of ‘cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples’. Many of the events and activities planned by museums to celebrate 18 May can last a day, a weekend or an entire week. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

The theme of this year’s IMD is ‘The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine’ – appropriate for a cultural sector that has been left devastated by the Covid pandemic, with plans to now recover and attract visitors in person.

Pere Izquierdo, director of Sitges Museums, has said that ‘the world has changed and museums need to adapt’. The lockdown has been tough, but it has also attracted a new public ‘that has discovered our legacy remotely and we don’t want to lose it now’.

Sitges Museums have prepared a diverse line-up of activities to celebrate IMD. There are several open houses and a Museum Night to enjoy Modernista, Romantic and contemporary art in ‘a different light, with a different sensation’.

The open houses include a tour of the Cau Ferrat, temple of Catalan Modernisme, the Maricel Palace, the Maricel Museum and the Stampfli Foundation – Contemporary Art Museum.

The line-up also includes an experimental play at the Maricel Palace that can be seen simultaneously in different theaters in the UK.

Sitges Museums activities – 15-18 May

Soundscapes Activity
Saturday 15 May, at 7 pm
Maricel Museum
By: Assumpta Montserrat and Rull, Dr. Communication and Music
Oliver Daniel Solano Watson, Coach, facilitator and trainer
A short visit to selected works of the museum and after this an experience in the Mirador del Maricel – a ‘focus on personal well-being and sound travel with a pictorial and musical performance’ Free admission. Book here.

Museum Night
Saturday 15 May,  at 8pm to 11pm
Cau Ferrat Museum and Maricel Museum
Free admission

Live radio program. Cadena SER
Tot és comèdia (Everything is comedy), with Rosa Badia
Saturday 15 May, from 12pm to 2 pm
Maricel Palace
Free admission. Limited capacity

Open Doors
Sunday 16 May
Cau Ferrat Museum and Maricel Museum, from 10am to 7pm
Maricel Palace, from 10am to 2pm
Stämpfli Foundation, 10am to 2pm

Circles of Hell
Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 May, 8 pm
Saló d’Or, Maricel Palace
A solo and original performance, a ‘visual physical extravaganza’, with text in Catalan, Spanish and English and images inspired by Salvador Dalí, devised and performed by the award-winning actor Martin Lewton on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. Free admission. Book here.

We welcome the elderly
Tuesday, 18 May, at 10.30am.
Guided tour in the Cau Ferrat
Cau Ferrat Museum. Sitges
With the Hospital of San Juan

We welcome the elderly
Wednesday, 19 May, at 10.30am.
Adult workshop at Sant Juan Hospital

Visit of the Cau Ferrat Museum in a genre key
Tuesday 18 May, at 6 pm
By Alba López and Núria Araüna
Free admission. Book here.

Open doors
Tuesday 18 May.
Cau Ferrat Museum and Maricel Museum, from 10am to 7pm

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