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Museums across the UK are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new BBC festival in March next year. The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisations series in Spring 2018, presented by David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama.
It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art and it is hoped that the new series – and festival – will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents.
The Civilisations Festival will run from Friday 2 March to Sunday 11 March 2018 and will showcase ideas and events designed to engage the public and attract visitors to museums. The festival will run alongside the new Civilisations series on BBC2 and museums can align themselves with the programming by developing events, hosting public activities and taking part in local BBC programmes on radio and television.
Branding and toolkits will be available so that you can let your visitors know that the event is part of the Civilisations Festival and museums will also have the opportunity to use innovative, newly developed digital tools and apps designed by the BBC. You can see examples the BBC’s Taster platform. The BBC is also exploring opening up its archive to partners in the project for use in events or in the stories they want to tell as part of the Festival.
Why become a Civilisations Festival partner?
Some ideas for festival events at your museum
The content of the events is up to your organisation. It could be a debate or a keynote speech, a performance or a hands-on workshop using an item from your collection as the starting point
How can you get involved?
The date of the festival is from Friday 2nd March to Sunday 11th March, but can include events beyond those dates. Register your organisation’s interest by emailing email@example.com
You’ll then receive regular newsletters to update organisations on the latest about the festival.
As a partner, you’ll be able to list your festival event for free on the Culture24 Museum Crush website.
You can find detailed information about the festival on the BBC website: Civilisations Festival – How to get involved
The use of the BBC branding will be subject to terms and conditions, and organisations will be invited to sign up as a Civilisations Festival Partner.