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“Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun”. Mikhail Baryshnikov MUSEOSEMOCIONES-EVE1Image: Jaco Haasbroek The exhibitions, with annual number around 900 in total, are the main channel of museum’s communication. One of commendable museographic improvements here is raising number of different supplementary activities organised by museums, be it workshops for children, regular and specialised guided tours, concerts, events etc. Of course the intensity and quality of those is much better in the capital and bigger cities, as it is in some museums on Adriatic coast. Special events as International Museum Day and the Museum Night are now regular and attract lots of visitors, as well as considerable media attention, all of which boosts the image of institutions and sector in general. Even more attractive for general public and media are living history/heritage events, as medieval tournaments, roman and medieval fairs, historical re-enactment etc., all starting within last few years. Some are organised by museums but more often by interested amateurs gathered around newly created civil society heritage organisations or by city I county councils. Their main drive relies on the idea of cultural tourism, although lack of professionalism is unfortunately evident yen frequently. In any case this should be considered as positive trend. Despite some unfavourable circumstances in recent history, heritage sector in Croatia in general have a reason to believe in promising future. Naturally, realisation of available potentials takes into account existence of a good will, additional professional development and, like always, a little bit of luck. At the moment the Ministry of Culture has 13 new museum projects in different stages of planning or realisation and in the last political mandated it opened to new or refurbished museums. The actual priorities of the Ministry are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Antique Glass and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, both in Zadar, the Museum of Neanderthal in Krapina, the multi-faceted heritage project in Eastern Slavonia and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. 0bbb825c9dce9d6c2c0e1ed656dcd008_drBkvUx7_lEVE Among already opened emphasize has been on the Archaeological Museum Narona in Vid, the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Smiljan, the New Lapidarium in Novigrad, the Archaeological Museum in Osijek, just to name a few. Although tones coming from the Ministry are only positive, the reality is slightly more complex. For example, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb twice already faced reschedule of the opening of the building and its museological programme produced some, mostly political, controversy. For the biggest museum investment ever in Croatia, and with highest goals cut h as creating new cultural destination and putting the city of Zagreb at European museum map, avoidance of international architectural competition was certainly a serious faux pas. Any comparison with Bilbao which secretly existed in its initial planning is now more or less appearing to have been completely in vain. Works on new Museum of Neanderthal, which was supposed to have the biggest diorama of the Neanderthals in the World, started in 2003 but it opened its doors in 2005 because it. 352602723570_aj77AmFI_lImage: Mario Hugo As already indirectly mentioned, Croatia desperately needs new museums, as well as variety of new heritage centres for decent interpretation of its rich heritage, however some experts have serious doubts if the above projects the best solution considering heritage and identity interpretation and interrelated development strategies of the country, as well as questioning their museographic quality. Prevail of archaeological and art museums is evident; public tenders for museological and museographic programmes is still nonexistent practice; instead communicating ideas thematic and chronological approach towards permanent exhibitions dominate. Interactivity is still. just basic and all in all, practically all new museums from museological point of view could be considered as entirely traditional museum institutions. Shame they did not happen some twenty years ago! Croatia is indeed a case where a phrase of prominent Icom-Ictop member is valid, wherever a good museum edu-cation exist, museums around as a rule do not reflect it. 3174640062819_zQdy3zGN_lEVE PROFESSIONAL AGENDA OCTOBER 2014: Squaring the Circle ? Research, Museum, Public ICOM CECA & UMAC Annual Conference 2014 Inscriptions closing september 27th Alexandria http://www.alexandria-2014.org/?lang=es The Future of Natural History Museums: Relevance, Balance and Innovation Conference 11 to 16 October in Zagreb and Krapina, Croatia, is approaching quickly Zagorje (Croacia) http://icomnathist.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/dont-forget-icom-nathsit-registrations-and-abstracts/ VIII Encontro Ibero-Americano de Museus Caminhos de futuro para os museus: tendências e desafios na diversidade Encontros e Congressos 13, 14 e 15 de outubro Museu Nacional de Etnologia, em Lisboa http://www.patrimoniocultural.pt/pt/agenda/meetings-and-conferences/viii-encontro-ibero-americano-de-museus-caminhos-de-futuro-para-os-museus-tendencias-e-desafios-na-diversidade/ ICME annual Conference / Committee Int. Museums and Innovations 14-10-2014 al 16-10-2014 Mimara Museum. Zagreb (Croacia) http://www.icme-conference2014.com Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession ICOM-ICTOP in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Oct. 21-25, 2014. http://ictop2014.inclusivemuseum.org X CONGRESO Qué y cómo exponer en museos y espacios patrimoniales 23-10-2014 al 24-10-2014 Donostia-San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa) http://www.irun.org/oiasso/home.aspx?tabId=1020 III Encuentro Transfronterizo de profesionales de Museos. Museo y Accesibilidad 24-10-2014 al 25-10-2014 Museo de Huelva. Huelva. http://etpmuseos.com XII Jornadas Museológicas Chilenas “Colecciones – museos – ciudad” 28-10-2014 al 30-10-2014 Valparaíso (Chile)