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Youth Museum: shall we meet up?

  • Concert at the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

    Concert at the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte


"If you are young and have a passion for culture, then this will interest you. ..."

If you are young and have a passion for culture, then this will interest you. Because from 14 to 20 October, 13 public museums in several Spanish cities are organising a lot of different activities for you to take part in. Music, urban dance, graffiti workshops, strategy games, events with designers and photography workshops are some of the things on offer. This is the “Young Museums” project. Do you fancy it?

“Young Museums” is an initiative by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Youth Institute (INJUVE), intended to make museums a popular option where young people can enjoy leisure and learning. These are places where you can express yourself and enjoy your cultural interests.

From 14 to 20 October, 13 museums in Madrid, Toledo, Cartagena, Mérida, Valladolid, Valencia and Santillana del Mar are taking part in this festival of culture. The event will be full of music, theatre, dance, photography, fashion and urban art. For some activities you will have to sign up in advance on the museums’ websites. Also, throughout the week young people aged up to 30 can visit the public museums free of charge.

Programme of activities: Madrid

National Archaeological Museum: “Prevenidos…. ¡Toma cinco!”: workshops on making videos about Prehistory. “Juega a la historia”: play different board games, either historic or set in other periods, with a related micro-tour. “Cine y Prehistoria”: mobile phone based trivia competition. “Young Museums” concerts.

Costume Museum. CIPE: meeting with the designer María Escoté; “Las revistas de moda”: talks and workshops on fashion journalism, and “Los secretos de las exposiciones”, on how exhibitions are put together.

National Anthropology Museum: street art and graffiti workshop, hip-hop workshop and rap and spoken word concert.

National Museum of Romanticism: special tours; “Asesinato en el museo”: role-playing game; and “La moda del siglo XIX y su influencia en la moda contemporánea actual”: workshop tours.

National Museum of Decorative Arts: “It’s a design match!”: sessions with professionals designers for design students and young people interested in design and its challenges in the 21st century.


Activities in Toledo and Valladolid

El Greco Museum: “Oro y plata de Ramón”: Baroque and contemporary dance workshop and musical theatre. “Cruce de miradas”: tour, artistic workshop and exhibition for students of the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Toledo, IES Sefarad and young people from the Asociación DownToledo.

Sephardic Museum: film course, with workshops on screenplays, photography, directing, production, recording shorts and directing actors. On Friday 18 October there will be an open doors day with a screening of the films made in the workshops.

National Sculpture Museum: sustainable urban intervention in the pedestrianised street outside the museum; sculpture parkour; and a rap battle-game, “Improvisando por la sostenibilidad”.

Cervantes House Museum: “#Hashtag Cervantes: nuevos y viejos archivos fotográficos” photography workshop.


Activities in Valencia, Cartagena, Mérida and Santillana del Mar

González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts: “¿Y ahora qué hago?”: an information session on professional profiles for museum technicians for students in the final year of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. “Live painting” mural and street art competition.

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA: “El universo del Bronce”: experimental archaeology workshop; “Enigmas en el museo”: a treasure hunt about Phoenician culture; and a talk on “Del ocio al compromiso: nuevas tecnologías y futuro profesional. Experiencias internacionales. Asociacionismo”

National Museum of Roman Art: “Una ciudad romana”: Playmobil diorama; workshops on comics and creative writing, dance, and Roman cooking; exhibition of young artists inspired by the portrait of “La gitanilla”; “Roma a vista de pájaro” workshop and “Tonsor & Ornatrix” beauty workshop; a dramatised reading of Latin poems; a dramatic presentation, “Nacer y crecer en Augusta Emérita”; recreation of a Roman military encampment; a concert by the Orquesta Joven de Mérida youth orchestra.

Altamira National Museum and Research Centre: “Dar vida a la roca”, a workshop on drawing on limestone; life drawing sessions of nature around the Altamira cave; “Prehistorias posibles” historical comic workshop; “Museo Okupado” session with collaborative museum spaces designed by young people; “Palabras olvidadas” workshop for students in arts-oriented baccalaureat studies and at the Escuela de Arte de Cantabria.

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