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READY STEADY GO: Museums inclusive! Action days on the occasion of the Special Olympic World Games – Museumsinsel Berlin | 18.06.-24.06.2023

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On 18 June 2023, the action days “READY STEADY GO: Museums inclusive!” will start on the Museum Island Berlin. For a whole week, the Museum Island will be a meeting place for athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over the world who are visiting Berlin for the Special Olympic World Games. Workshops in the Kolonadenhof and exhibition talks invite you to explore the museums. All offers are planned inclusively, in simple language and accessible without barriers. Teams of people with and without disabilities will guide the participants. Participation is free of charge.

Image above: The Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral, photo: abbilder, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The action days are part of the READY STEADY GO: Museums Inclusive! project, which the National Museums in Berlin have been implementing since the beginning of 2022. The aim is to develop a structure of services, infrastructure and communication that aims at a sustainable inclusive use of the museums. The first step will be taken by the Museumsinsel Berlin with Haus Bastian – Centre for Cultural Education of the National Museums in Berlin in cooperation with inclusive associations and societies.

The highlight of the project is the action days that will take place during the Special Olympic World Games in Berlin in 2023. Athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over the world are invited to get to know the Museum Island. For six days, everything will revolve around art and sport. Four workshops will take you on a tour of the Museum Island: arrive, warm up, get going, win! Exhibition talks lead into the collections. Guides with and without disabilities will lead the activities. The meeting point is the Kolonnandenhof on Museum Island Berlin. The offers are accessible in simple language and barrier-free, without registration and free of charge.

The programme starts on Sunday, 18 June 2023, at 1 pm. Nicola Böcker-Giannini, State Secretary for Sport in the Senate Department for the Interior, Digitalisation and Sport, and Heike Kropff, Head of the Education/Communications Department of the National Museums in Berlin, will open the festival. The ensemble of the young RambaZamba will contribute a dance performance. Workshops and exhibition discussions will follow. In the following week, from 20 to 24 June 2023, workshops and guided tours will take place daily from 2 to 5 pm.

Heike Kropff, Head of the Education/Communications Department of the National Museums in Berlin: “We are delighted to welcome athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over the world to Berlin’s Museum Island for a whole week. With the READY STEADY GO: Museums Inclusive! project, we want to give visibility to inclusive education and participation. Together with our cooperation partners, we aim to ensure that people with and without disabilities work together as a team to shape cultural institutions on an equal footing.

Dr. Nicola Böcker-Giannini, State Secretary for Sport in the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport: “I am very pleased that we were able to win the Museum Island Berlin for our sustainability programme Inclusion ’23. With their project READY STEADY GO: Museums Inclusive! the museums are actively working towards an inclusive Berlin – even beyond the Special Olympics World Games, which will take place in Berlin from 17 to 25 June.”

The action days and the project READY STEADY GO: Museums inklusiv! want to contribute to generating more visibility for the topics of inclusion and participation. Further components of the project are the monthly “Working Group: Art and Inclusion” and the discourse series “SET #13”, which contribute to the exchange and development of cross-institutional networks. Last but not least, awareness-raising training and inclusive family workshops are offered on Sundays in Haus Bastian.

READY STEADY GO: Museums inklusiv! is funded by the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport.

WHERE?

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Generaldirektion, Stauffenbergstr. 41
10785 Berlin

WHEN?

Sunday, 18. June 2023 – Saturday, 24. June 2023

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