The museums of Gran Canaria reveal their secrets in May

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

On May 18, the International Museum Day has been celebrated for more than 40 years. In 2022, under the motto
'The power of museums', ICOM (International Council of Museums) values ​​the power that these venues have to transform the world.

For the island museums managed by the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, such an important date is the moment to put into practice that power of change through discovery. Last year they were
37,000 museums those who took part in the event in
158 countries and territories.

The Minister of Culture,
Guacimara Medinabroke down some of the axes of the Cabildo's cultural policy coinciding with the presentation of the program of events for International Museum Day.

Commitment to citizenship

“On International Museum Day, we celebrate another year of commitment to citizenship. really the
ICOM motto for this year it is very much in line with the transversal cultural policies that we have worked on in this legislature. We talk about sustainability, accessibility, innovation, digitization... I think they are fundamental concepts for a contemporary world in which museums really need to be a reflection of the society in which we live », he said.

For its part,
Alicia Bolanoshead of the Island Museums service, referred to the importance of transversality in integrated museum management, alluding to this year's ICOM motto, 'The power of museums'.
“This power is related to social commitment that museums have, although for a transformation to really take place, comprehensive management of the same is necessary,” said Bolaños.

The House of Columbus

The Casa de Colón, the museum facility in the heart of Vegueta, is preparing a marathon open day for International Museum Day, on May 18. From
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Animation activities will be held that involve the implementation of an educational project in collaboration with the students of
TASOC (Sociocultural Animation) of the IES Pérez Galdós from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Among other actions, there will be a
'escape room' in some of the rooms; a fun action through pieces that speak to us, and some more surprises.

At 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m., in two passes, there will be in-depth guided tours, called
'The entrails of the museum'. They will visit the temporary exhibition
'Treasuring Heritage 4', as well as the works of art warehouse and the Museum Restoration workshop.

A moment of the presentation held at the Casa de Colón. /


The day will culminate with the performance of the theatrical monologue
'The Indiana', by Saida Santana, at 9:00 p.m. Participation in all these activities will be done in order of arrival, without the need to reserve in advance.

The special program of the Casa de Colón for the month of museums is completed with other types of multidisciplinary actions. This is the case of the conference-colloquium called
'Virtual worlds and museums'.

The activity, which will be held on May 17, at 7:00 p.m., will be attended by
Peter Mujicatechnohumanist and expert in virtual and augmented reality, and the technologist
Esther Perez Verdu, and will be moderated by
Angeles Perezdigital communication technique of the museum.

On May 19, music takes over the Casa de Colón at the hands of Alba Serrano and Cristóbal Montesdeoca. Both present their first album,
'Travel'a musical journey through Cape Verde, Portugal and Brazil, passing through the Canary Islands.

Perez Galdos House Museum

International Museum Day will have a theater flavor at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum. The
'Galdosian aquatic workshop' is an intergenerational and inclusive initiative, promoted by the historian
Ferdinand Becerrawhich has created a theatrical performance based on the Galdosian graphic work 'El Gran Teatro de la Pescadería', of which there will be two showings: at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in the Alameda de Colón and in the House-Museum, respectively .

In addition, the house-museum invites you to
free guided tours every hour on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.

The week before the celebration,
on May 14, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., after two years, a popular activity,
the Galdosian urban hiking routewhich is free and requires prior registration at [email protected]

On May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a didactic educational action called
'The power of Pérez Galdós'.

The museum night

The Casa de Colón and the Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós join the Night of the Museums on May 14, with a
intense program. The Colombian headquarters, first of all, organizes guided night tours, enlivened with a spectacular exhibition by the cultural association of historical fencing of Las Palmas
'Guardians Atlantis' and hosts the quartet concert
Clazz Project.

The Pérez Galdós House-Museum programs the dramatized reading
'Celia in Hell'starting at 8:00 p.m., with the actors Luifer Rodríguez and Mari Carmen Sánchez.

Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park takes the celebration of International Museum Day to the Plaza de Santiago de Gáldar with a series of workshops. It also hosts in its facilities 'Improcolección en Cueva Pintada', as well as various workshops and workshop-visits.

In addition to the workshops
'Unravel the seas' and 'Museums with a taste of sea and land', which it shares with Cueva Pintada, the
Antonio Padrón House-Museum-Indigenist Art Center announces that, as of May 18, it will expand its guided tour service to the public at two times and in two languages: at 11:00 a.m. there will be a guided tour in English and at 12:30 p.m., a guided tour in Spanish. It also recovers on the 19th
'The Liar'.

On May 21, at 6:30 p.m., on the occasion of the Centenary of the poet Tomás Morales, a concert is organized in homage to the poet and those people who have made it possible for the heritage funds of the
House-Museum of Moya.

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