Sounds and Music at the Piranova Colloquium


In the framework of Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre the Forum of Slavic Cultures organised a colloquium on sounds and music. The colloquium, which took place in Piran, was attended by professionals from eight countries.

“The purpose of the colloquium – to exchange and acquire new knowledge and skills in using sounds and music in museum installations, promotional campaigns and other forms of communication with museum goers and other public – was achieved,” said Andreja Rihter, Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures at the end of the three-day professional meeting in Piran, adding that the small format (not more than 20 people per group) proved to be extremely successful both for visiting lecturers and participants as it allowed active engagement of everyone attending the discussions and workshops.

To begin with, the participants were introduced to the activities of the Museum of Communication from Bern, Switzerland, the recipient of the 2019 Council of Europe Museum Prize. Christian Rohner from the museum moderated the discussion on good practices and experience they had gained through various experiments in museum projects. Mikhail Bryzgalov, Director General of the Russian National Museum of Music, presented examples of communication with music and sounds in their museum. He stressed that all instruments in the museum are in impeccable condition and can still be played on; their Stradiviari violins even travel the world with the musicians that can borrow them from the museum. Boštjan Perovšek, musician, composer and soundscape designer presented sounds and music both from the production and creative perspectives. He also led a field workshop in which the colloquium participants created a sound postcard. The colloquium concluded with Kimmo Kestinen (Finnish labour Museum Werstas) and Irena Marušič (Technical Museum of Slovenia) presenting the international project the Sounds of Change. With partners from six European museums the project aims to collect sounds and soundscapes in an archive that will enable historical comparisons and descriptions.

The Forum of Slavic Cultures plans the next colloquium for the beginning of this November, also under the auspices of Piranova – International Heritage Research Centre.


Piranova Colloquium