Route of Roma Culture and Heritage in Greece
Byzantine and Christian Museum (BCM) is the 2nd biggest Greek state museum and one of the most important museums in the world. It possesses over than 25,000 artefacts covering fifteen centuries of art and civilization, drawn from the entire Greek world and other territories. The Museum’s activity is supported by more than one hundred archaeologists, architects, art historians, museologists, and conservators.
Today, the Museum is engaging in collaborations with museums and institutions in Greece and abroad, participating in exhibitions and European projects and modernizing its infrastructures via new technologies. Furthermore, the BCM, according to its policy, opens to society, establishing a new relationship with the public, and works against social exclusion and social isolation, targeting to an open and multicultural society.
In the framework of the Roma Routes project, the Byzantine and Christian Museum will offer its spaces to Roma artists to present their work at the height of the tourist season in Greece (June 2011). Performances will be recorded and a DVD will be compiled for use in schools, universities, museums, etc. To ensure that the BCM’s involvement has a lasting impact, Roma guides will be trained as mediators, thus creating a powerful link between the museum and the Roma community. Moreover, the BCM will participate with events in the Roma International Day (8 April 2011) and the Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January 2012).