The European Night of Museums will take place Saturday May 18 in Mayotte

European Museum Night, the emblematic cultural event which transforms museums into places of discovery and wonder each year, returns for a 20th edition at European level and a 9th edition at local level, Saturday May 18, 2024.

This year, the event proposes to honor the coral of Mayotte, “ The Coral of Mayotte, a thousand and one colors“, faced with many challenges, particularly this year.

The American Oceanic and Atmospheric Observation Agency (NOAA) has launched an alert regarding coral bleaching in Mayotte, the risk level of which has reached the MAXIMUM ALERT level between February and March 2024

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), this night invites visitors of all ages to explore a multitude of museums for free, from dusk until midnight. Since its creation in 2005, the event aims to promote access to culture and raise public awareness of the richness of European cultural heritage through activities and nightly entertainment in museums. Since its launch, the European Night of Museums has managed to captivate a larger audience each year, confirming its status as a must-see in the European cultural calendar.

One of the strong points of this 20th national edition is the renewal of the operation “ The Class, The Work“, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Youth, Sports and the Olympic Games. This initiative allowed the creation of numerous projects between classes and museums, thus encouraging the participation of school and family audiences during this special night.

Coral bleaching can be caused by variations in water temperature, disease-causing bacteria, pollution and water acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

In Mayotte, for this 9th edition, the Departmental Council and the Museum of Mayotte have chosen to offer visitors the opportunity to discover the natural marine wealth of the island. So, Saturday May 18, 2024 from 1:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.visitors will be able to immerse themselves in numerous fun activities, such as collage exhibitions, educational workshops and informative talks:

  • From 1:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. : An exhibition entitled “L’île au Corail”, constructed by the artist Simon Rouby, will be presented at theformer house of the Dzaoudzi Gendarmerieoffering visitors an immersion in the colorful and vibrant world of Mayotte coral.
  • From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. At Governors’ Residence Parkof the interactive workshops will be offered by the Mayotte Museum and the Mayotte Marine Natural Park. They will allow participants to better understand the unique marine ecosystem of the island and the issues linked to its preservation:
    • By the Mayotte Museum: “Who am I, the polyp? »
    • By the Mayotte Museum: “Coral predators”
    • By the Mayotte Museum: “Virtual museum on marine heritage”
    • By the Mayotte Marine Natural Park: “Workshop on the coral of Mayotte”
  • From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Governors’ Residence Parka conference on the theme “When the coral bleaches” will be given by Simon Rouby, Isabel Urbina Barreto, Bacar N’tro and Anabelle Dieribi, to discuss the current challenges facing the coral of Mayotte.
  • From 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. at the former Dzaoudzi Gendarmerie housea guided tour of the collages will be organized around the theme “Coral Island” by Simon Rouby, as well as projections on the governors’ residence.
  • From 7:00 p.m. : Several projectscreated thanks to students and teachers from local schools, will also be presented, such as “La Classe l’Œuvre”, the poetic performance “The coral barrier of Mayotte” and the musical “The legend of Sazilé”, organized by Bacar N’tro with the CM1 A and CM1 8 classes of Pamandzi 5 school.
  • 9:40 p.m.: End of screenings

Art enthusiasts, history buffs or anyone simply looking for a fun evening with family, European Museum Night is a public event designed for everyone.




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