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EMYA 2021 Competition Deadline extended – Latest response to Coronavirus

EMYA 2020 | Important: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unfortunately, the European Museum of the Year Awards and Conference due to take place in Cardiff on 29 April – 2 May 2020 has been postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The wellbeing of delegates, as well as our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority and it is with this in mind that we have taken this decision.

We remain in discussion with the host institution, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, about a future date, and further updates will be shared here, via our website and social media channels. All ticket holders will be issued a refund, and sent details on how to rebook once a future date is confirmed.

The European Museum Forum and European Museum of the Year award

The European Museum Forum (EMF) provides the legal and organizational framework for the annual European Museum of the Year Award scheme (EMYA). EMF/EMYA is dedicated to promoting excellence in innovation and public quality in museum practice, encouraging networking and exchange of ideas and sustainable best practices within the sector.

EMF/EMYA works within an overall framework of a commitment to citizenship, democracy and human rights, to bridging cultures and social and political borders, and to sustainability.The different awards within the EMYA scheme reflect, represent, and
emphasize different aspects and dimensions of these values.The highly structured judging process ensures the ability to discern
professional quality, innovation and creativity across the vast differences in scale, funding, obligations and contexts of museums in Europe.

Look at the Winners of EMYA2019 here.

Our stories

"EMYA and EMF represent a set of core values around innovation and quality, but equally around cultural diversity, cultural democracy and cultural participation. These values guide the judging and award process, and our annual conferences are occasions in which these values are continuously discussed, renewed, reinterpreted, refreshed."

- Jette Sandahl, Denmark

"I like being a National Correspondent for the EMF and I appreciate the lively and international exchange and networking with museums professionals from all over Europe."

- Susann Bosshard-Kälin, Switzerland

"I have broadened my appreciation and respect for the EMYA institution, first for the incredible effort put by candidate museums in compiling their applications and for the immense breadth and depth of museum innovation and social engagement advocated and practiced by museums in Europe. Each year these museums co-create an influential network of progressive museum thinking in Europe from which all museums can benefit a great deal."

- Marlen Mouliou, Greece

EMYA2021: extension of deadline