The National Arts Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) joins the rest of the world this weekend in commemorating the International Museums Day which is running under the theme Hyper-connected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics.
BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO
NGZ slated May 19 and 20 for the commemorations that are usually held globally around May 18 of each year with events and activities planned lasting a day, a weekend or a whole week.
NGZ’s information and public relations officer, Zvikomborero Mandangu said the gallery would launch an application that would enable people around the world to tour the gallery online and draw them to the physical gallery.
“We are in the 21st century where we still want to develop our physical audience so we will be launching an application that integrates matters such as virtual reality. You will able to load a virtual reality tour which is three dimensional,” he said.
“It will be a point of access to the global market which will view the gallery and get enticed to come and see it physically. There is a difference between seeing something digitally and physically. We are, therefore, in an easily accessible world where people via the internet can find out what’s going on in any museum across the world.”
Mandangu said various programmes that include the culture box workshop were lined up for the commemorations and the day would also save as an opportunity for the young people to exhibit their various artistic talents.
“We will have programmes lined up such as the culture box workshop to enlighten educational institutions about heritage. We will use our live media, Facebook and Periscope, to disseminate it to audience locally, regionally and globally,” he said.
“We have students at our school who are multitalented and the day will be an open day where they can display their talents.”
The Museums Day was first commemorated in 1977 by the International Council of Museum.