Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion
In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated 18 May as the annual International Museum Day (IMD) to raise public awareness of the important role that museums play in society. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been responding to this important appeal since 2001 by organising IMD events in mid-May every year.
The theme of IMD 2020 is "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion". The potential of museums to create meaningful experiences for peoples of all origins and backgrounds is central to their social value.
An increasing public expectation has catalysed a conversation around museums' potentials in the form of exhibitions, conferences, performances, education programmes, and initiatives created. With the theme "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion", International Museum Day 2020 aims at becoming a rallying point to both celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the communities and personnel of museums, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell.
While museums in Hong Kong have different arrangements due to the COVID-19 situation*, we are offering more than just a visit!
This year, International Museum Day in Hong Kong is scheduled for 16-17 May 2020 (Saturday and Sunday). The 18 museums and venues under the LCSD and 24 other participating units have joined hands to enrich the online platform to provide the public with other exciting and refreshing ways to see, "visit", explore and experience the museums.
We have put on corresponding online activities and resources, e.g. pamphlets, audio guide, multimedia programmes, etc. Enjoy your museum visits at home or anywhere to discover the wonderful stories and experience the diverse and inclusive museum experience!
We have selected some videos of local ICH items for you to enjoy and there is more coming. Let's appreciate the ICH on-line and explore the intangible cultural heritage around us.
For information of activities and resources from other museums, please click here.