The War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo hosts one of the most important European museum events, the European Museum of the Year (EMYA) Conference and Awards Ceremony on May 22-25.
Every year, the most innovative museums in Europe gather at the EMYA Conference and Awards Ceremony to present their work, as the EMYA represents unique opportunity for those who are planning to create a new museum, or renew an existing one, to learn about the latest developments in the public quality of museums.
This year, more than 40 museums will present their work and discuss a number of topics, including Museums and big ideas; Museums engaging with local contexts; Museums and new approaches to art and culture; Museums of transport and technology; Museums and new narratives of history and identity; Museums and narratives of conflict and war; Museums and the environment; Museums presenting unique heritage; Museums and world history; and Museums and literature.
The EMYA Conference will also feature a Kenneth Hudson Prize Winners Panel - a panel of previous winners of this prize. The Kenneth Hudson Prize is awarded for the most daring and innovative achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society.
This is the first time that the EMYA conference is taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The decision was made partly on the basis of the fact that last year, the War Childhood Museum won one of the two most esteemed awards within the European Museum of the Year program - the Council of Europe Museum Prize.
Also, for the first time in the history of EMYA, presentation of museums from the host country will be an integral part of the program.
The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the RS, the Museum of Herzegovina Mostar and the Museum of Herzegovina Trebinje will present their work at this year’s EMYA Conference.