It seems that Oman’s Renaissance Day fervour is spreading to Europe this year as Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city will be joining in on the action on the 23rd of July, 2018.
As a part of the celebrations, the National Museum in Oman will organise “Oman Day”, in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to mark the Blessed Renaissance Day.
The Russian museum is one of the world’s largest museums with 3 million masterpieces and is one of the oldest museums in the world.
The celebration will include a series of Omani cultural events as well as an academic symposium on Oman’s history in Russian language entitled, “The National Museum in the Sultanate: the 21st Century Museum”.
Prof. Alexander Sidov, director of the Orientalism Museum, will present a paper entitled “Samahram: A Historical Landmark on the banks of the Governorate of Dhofar”; while Prof. Alessandra Avizini, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pisa, will present a working paper “The Site of the Historical Slout: Heart of Oman.
Prof. Yevim Anatolyevich Rizvan, Deputy Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will also present a paper on the archaeological missions in Oman.
Among the highlights will be the launch of a high-quality documentary on Oman’s history, entitled “Oman: Orient Pearl in the Land of Hope”, accompanied by dubbing into Russian and a musical piece by the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. The first joint international exhibition between the National Museum and NRAA at the Apollo Hall at the Hermitage Museum will continue until the end of September.
These events are being held with the participation of the National Museum, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA), the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and the Sultanate’s Embassy in the Russian Federation.
The Omani delegation will be led by Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Dhoyani, NRAA Chairman, Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum. The ceremony will be held on the historic Tsarist stage in Hermitage Museum, and will include a speech by Professor Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, Director General of the Hermitage Museum and another speech by Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Dhoyani, NRAA Chairman.