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May 20, 2022

A manifesto for culture – Museums Night 2019 gathered more than 1,000,000 visitors at national level

For the 15th year in a row, Museums Night has gathered more than 1,000,000 visitors at national level and proposed to the public exhibitions in various museums, artistic interventions and experiences, projections, dancing, theater plays and concerts. This year, in Bucharest, there have been new places enrolled in the circuit, including the Recent Art Museum (MaRe), the Romanian Records Museum, the Romanian Records Museum, offered by Qreator, as well as the smallest mobile museum, organized by the “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” National Chamber Choir. In Bucharest, there have been more than 50 unconventional museums and exhibition spaces, and over 150 spaces in the rest of the country. This edition was also under the sign of a number of manifesto protests aimed at sounding an alarm regarding the lack of funding in the cultural field.

“The Finance Ministry and the Culture Ministry decided we don’t need culture, and therefore its funding is not a priority. 30% of the legitimate budget of AFCN has been cut, and thus, 70 projects have lost their funding after the last call for projects, although theoretically, they were winning projects. Museums are among the “beneficiaries” of this abuse of the two ministries.

We demand 100% culture for everyone, as you could see there was written on the 10,000 distributed programs and on the stickers provided by us, on the Museums Night. People need culture, they need museums. We have demonstrated this on the Museums Night, when small localities and cities of the country thrive and transform. Parents with children, people of any kind, some of them being for the first time in a museum, all of them holding the program in their hands, speaking about art, collections, museums, music, dancing, experiments, performances. What we, the museums and our friends, manage to do together, shows how culture changes lives and emphasizes everything beautiful in people. For all these reasons, we publicly demand to the Government of the country to invest in culture, to invest in museums, to invest in the independent cultural field. This is one of the safest investments, because we return what no one else can offer, namely a living and humanized society, kept away from any form of alienation”, the manager of the Museums Night, Dragos Neamu, stated.

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