They say someone is best defined by how others see it and maybe it is true as well for, say, an event. This year, as we close We Are Museums 16 edition which lasted 3 days for the first time, we received many comments on the openness and niceness those three days were infused with.
We then came back two more times before the proper event and it has been the occasion to solidify our connections to people there who have been instrumental in the success of WAM 16.
This year we also learnt how to devolve and trust for the first time, from our co-organizers and dedicated fundraisers, Dragos from RNMN and Sabina from ORICUM Association, to our universally appreciated moderator, Thibaut Thomas who took over the event for 2 days, staying pumped, happy and passionate about each and every story brought his way.
We received a lot of encouragement to keep our brand -casual, underdressed, exploratory, equalizing- intact and we will do that with a passion even though we keep growing, and now welcome inspiring Ministers of Culture like Mrs Corina Suteu who honoured us with a brief and enthusiastic speech on day 2 of the conference.
All events combined we gathered 350+ people this year at We Are Museums. We heard from 40 speakers spanning over two days and participants in the room came from a whopping 18 countries. Applaud yourselves if you were there!
Keep an eye on much material coming soon: our videos from the two events, our selection of the best tweets (not an easy task) and our incoming photos!
Our many thanks for these wonderful two days also go to:
The Ministry of Culture of Romania
Our sponsors: Unicredit Bank Romania, supporter of the 1st Museum Rocket Award and ARCUB, the Muncipal center of the City of Bucharest
Our supporters: The National Cultural Funds, the Romanian Cultural Institute and Vastari
Our hosting venues, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and its wonderful staff, ARCUB and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and its Director Virgil Nitulescu for a great night and The Ark.
The cultural institutes and representations abroad :
The Institut Français for their incredible support, the Polish Institute, the British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Embassy of the Netherlands.
NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations
The Bubbles Company, The Galeries Lafayette, Uber Romania, Bucharest Gentleman
Fablab Bucharest for designing our beautiful prize, Unicat, RFI Romania and Radio Romania International for the great interviews.
Nona Beicu for her great help on Museum Rocket!
And everyone who was a part of the success of We Are Museums and Museum Rocket this year.