BiH: First Balkan Museums without Barriers Conference

October 28 and 29 the first ever Balkan Museums without Barriers conference took place, organized by the Balkan Museum Network and funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Over 50 participants from across the western Balkans gathered in Sarajevo to share their experiences, challenges, knowledge and commitment to making museums and heritage more accessible to disabled people. Many NGOs also attended, including the advocacy organization My Rights.

The two day event was a buzz of activity, networking, discussions and celebrations as well as learning and reflecting on the potential for museums to work towards social justice and a fairer society. Over 25 projects from across the region have been funded through this programme and the results are impressive. Delegates voted the ’Museum in a Suitcase’ from the National Museum of Bosnia Herzegovina as the best project for access and innovation.’
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Photo: Diana Walters