Europica Varietas

Mission, Goals and Activities:

Mission: to establish an intercultural dialogue by disseminating Hungarian cultural heritage through this book and by learning about other cultures in Europe through a joint exhibition based on the book.
The project is broken into 4 phases and each of them has a different objective:

Phase 1: Publishing the book in English
First step is to publish the full book in English which provides an excellent resource for all researchers of this era. This partly be done for the sake of academic research but also to prepare a flashy gift that could be proudly presented to all of our important guests in the year of Hungarian EU Presidency in 2011. The nearly 400-year old text would be illustrated with photos of objects and sites. The book could also be accompanied by a DVD rearranging and dubbing or subtitling the documentary film shot in 2003-2004.

Phase 2: Designing a joint exhibition through an intercultural / international dialogue
Museum professionals and cultural organizers travel to have planning discussions for a joint exhibition not only in the cities visited by Szepsi Csombor Márton but in their south-European equivalents frequently visited by students as well. This international exhibition planned and prepared with the coordination of the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism ( http://www.mkvm.hu/indexen.php ) will present the past and present life of these cities and towns through objects and illustrations. The preparatory discussions would not only focus on designing the exhibition but cover topics related to our common cultural heritage facilitating a deeper understanding and a wider dissemination of other cultures.
(This is the part we would like to submit a Grundtvig Learning Partnership application. Deadline is February 21, 2011)
Interested organizations please get in touch with
Aniko Korenchy-Misz at mlalapitvany@externet.hu


Phase 3: Manifacturing and travel of joint exhibition
The exhibition based on the discussions all over Europe will be assembled by the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism in Budapest with help from foreign experts who will bring the objects and documents lent by museums abroad to represent colouful Europe this way. Then the exhibition travels around in Europe visiting sites and cities mentioned in the book, and it arrives to Kassa/Kosice in the year of 2013 for which they have been selected as the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Phase 4: Museum education activities and citizens´ discussions connected to the exhibition
Visitors at the differents sites discuss how they are pictured in the book, whether this image is based on stereotypes rather than their real self-image, reflect on their national identity and contribution to the common European cultural heritage and values in order to increase European cohesion and their ability to value their role in Europe as well as the power of cultural variety.

Museum education activities as well as professional programmes will accompany the exhibition based on the needs and practices of each site.

Target groups:

European citizens. A special target group for Phase 2 are museum professionals at the age of 18 – 35.

Participants:

Project coordinator: Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism (Török Róbert) and the Foundation for Museums and Visitors (Miszné Korenchy Anikó)

Other participants: Staff at the age of 18-35 of Public Collections and Cultural Institutions in the cities and towns mentioned in the book by Szepsi Csombor Márton will participate in the preparatory discussions. And these organizations as well as Hungarian Cultural Institutes and Embassies all over Europe will host the travelling exhibition.

Expected outcomes:

  • English publication in 1000 copies
  • English DVD in 1000 copies
  • International exhibition of appr. 70-90 mtravelling to a minimum of 10 sites.
  • Professional and civil dialogues at a minimum of 10 sites
  • Museum education activities and cultural programmes (mininimum of 30 with at least 3000 participants)
  • Increased number of international relations as well as a raise in visitor numbers at the participating institutions and organizations

For the chapter on England click here 
For the chapter on Hollandia click here
For more information on the book by the translator click here

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