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18-22 May 2016


On 18 May the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day. This year, the overarching theme of the celebration organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) will be Museums and Cultural Landscapes.

The ICOM is an international organisation that encompasses museums and professionals who work towards the preservation, maintenance, and promotion of natural and cultural, present and future, tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Once again, the CGAC is organising a series of activities together with other museums that make up the Museos de Compostela network (Museo do Pobo Galego, Fundación Granell, Museo da Catedral, MUPEGA, USC Natural History Museum, Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago and Museo Casa da Troia). A number of street activities based on the cultural landscape, as well as a contemporary music concert organised by Vertixe Sonora, and two educational workshops for kids directed by the artist Mirari Urruzola.

On Wednesday, 18 May, all participating museums will hold an open doors day.

Wednesday, 18 May
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
The participating museums will all take a plinth out into the street at the same time.

The action aims to invite the cultural agents and everyone who feels part of the city's cultural landscape to stand on a pedestal and pose as a site of cultural interest. The purpose is to demystify both museums and the plinth, which has traditionally been reserved for elements of cultural heritage or for important figures. We want to take the museum out into the street, making everyone who makes up Santiago's cultural network visible, and giving prominence to all those who promote and build culture in any of its disciplines (musical, literary, circus, theatre, audiovisual, artistic, natural, historical, etc.).

The students from the Escola de Arte e Superior de Deseño Mestre Mateo and from the Escola de Produción de Audiovisuais, Radio e Espectáculos O Raio Verde will be in charge of documenting the actions by recording and portraying them. The photographs and videos will be uploaded to each museum network in order to share the experiences with the public.

From Thursday 19 until Sunday 22, the plinths will return to the interior of the museums so that anyone who wants to can participate in the museum framework actions, as an element, posing for photographs while standing on the plinths and uploading the images to our Facebook page with the hashtag #CompostelaPaisaxeCultural.

The organisation of Museos de Compostela chose two winning photographs taken by the students of ESAD Mestre Mateo and will use them as the image for the poster DIM Compostela 2016. The remaining photographs presented by the students for the action Elevations will participate in an online contest to win the public's award.

Location of the Plinths
MUPEGA: crossing of San Lázaro and Miguel Ferro Caaveiro streets
Museo do Pobo Galego: Porta do Camiño
CGAC: Praza de Cervantes
Museo das Peregrinacións: Praza das Praterías
Museo Catedral: balcony overlooking the Praza do Obradoiro
Museo Casa da Troia: A Troia street


Saturday, 21 May
From 10 am to 11:30 am
Itinerary: San Lázaro - French Way - San Pedro stone cross - San Domingos de Bonaval- Praza das Praterías - Praza do Obradoiro

The COAG (Galician College of Architects) of Santiago de Compostela is collaborating in the IMD with the seven museums by organising an architectural itinerary that will start at the San Lázaro quarter and end in Santiago's old quarter.

The itinerary will provide an explanation on the city's history and different types of architectural styles, beginning at the MUPEGA, and continuing along the French Way to the San Pedro stone cross. Here the location of the mendicant orders in significant points of the territory will be addressed. The visit will continue on to the park of San Domingos de Bonaval, to the Museo do Pobo Galego and to the CGAC, where the keys to the vernacular and contemporary architecture will be addressed. The itinerary will lead to the Praterías square, stopping at the Museo da Catedral and at the Museo das Peregrinacións, and will end at the Obradoiro square, where the COAG team will reflect on the city of monuments and the surrounding territory.


Wednesday, 18 May
At 8:30 p.m.
Hall of the CGAC

Like on previous years, we are opening the series Music and art. Sound Correspondences during museum week. On this occasion we are celebrating International Museum Day with a concert titled Interferences, consisting of a programme with three works written in 2015 for the group Vertixe Sonora by the composers Elena Rykoba, Andrés Nuño de Buen and Murat Çolak: a ritual dance around a moving piano, an imaginary sound sculpture loaded with tension and static energy, and an interior journey through meditation and sound contemplation.  

Elena Rykova (Russia, 1991), Bath Jamming (2015) piano and 2 musicians
Andrés Nuño de Buen (Mexico, 1988), Tendón (2015) saxophone, accordion, double bass and percussion
Murat Çolak (Turkey, 1984) Râh (2015) saxophone, accordion, cello, double bass, piano, percussion and electronic instruments

Vertixe Sonora Ensemble: Pablo Coello saxophone / Vadzim Yukhnevich accordion / Ailsa Lewin cello / Carlos Méndez double bass / Rubén Barros electric guitar / David Durán piano / Diego Ventoso percussion

Directed by Mirari Urruzola
Workshop 1. Saturday, 21 May. For children ages 4 to 6
Workshop 2. Sunday, 22 May. For children ages 7 to 9
Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Places: 15 for each workshop

The artist Mirari Urruzola puts forward a journey through a sensorial world to discover the pleasure of closely touching, smelling, handling, listening and seeing.

During the workshop children will be able to go deeply into the features and possibilities offered by the subject matter.

First of all, the participants will spend some time touching, rubbing, stroking, trying, tasting, associating, classifying, and creating using criteria such as symmetry, analogy, contrast, multiplication, overlapping, sonority, beauty, smell, etc. They will walk barefoot along a tactile path to feel textures and, blindfolded, they will recognise materials in compartmentalized boxes and listen to objects with stethoscopes, or they will recognise them through their smell and taste.

Then, all together, they will create a large aromatised, sonorous, tactile, tasty, and plastic composition. Starting off with individual designs, they will mix materials combining soft with hard, smooth with rough, silent with noisy, light and heavy, cold and warm, or shiny with matt.

The workshop Paisaje sensorial creates an internal landscape to delve into the universe of the senses, where participants let themselves be carried away by them, awakening their perception and using it at different levels and in different ways. The sensations resulting from the different experiences and the specific associations that they generate will be analysed.

The workshops are adapted to the different age groups.


The workshops are free. Applying for registration begins on 6 April and can be done at the following email address: and should include the following information: full name and age of the participant or participants, telephone number, email address and name of the workshop they are interested in signing up for (Workshop 1 or Workshop 2).

A maximum of two participants may register with each application. Applicants will receive confirmation by email regarding the status of their application.


COORDINATION: Virginia Villar



Colexio Oficial de Arquitectos de Galicia, Escola de Arte e Superior de Deseño Mestre Mateo, O Raio Verde, Museos de Compostela

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