“Silk Road Week” is an annual event first introduced at the China National Silk Museum and organized by the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT) and the Chinese Museums Association’s Committee of Museums along the Silk Road. These associations jointly proposed the “Hangzhou Initiative for Dissemination and Promotion of the Silk Road Spirit”, which aims to raise recognition of the value of the Silk Road and strengthen the protection of the Silk Roads sites and relics.
“2020 Silk Road Week” will be the first edition of this annual event, and will be hosted by the National Cultural Heritage Administration and the People’s Government of Zhejiang, with the theme of “The Silk Roads: Mutual Learning for future Collaborations” in Hangzhou, China. The event will feature museum led activities such as exhibitions, performances, reports, and seminars, celebrating the anniversary of the successful inscription, in June 2014, of the Silk Road – from Chang’an to the Tianshan Corridor, onto UNESCO’s list of World Heritage.
- The weeks programme of events includes:
- The temporary exhibitions ‘The Silk Roads: before and after Richthofen’ and ‘Mutual Learning on the Silk Roads: Stories of the Silk Road Treasures’
- The launch of the ‘Annual Report of Silk Road Cultural Heritage 2019’
- The official launch of the ‘World Map of Silk Project’
- A museum curators symposium.
At the same time, museums, institutions, and companies along the Silk Roads are encouraged to devise and organize associated activities in the spirit of “Silk Roads Week” and are invited to follow the online activities taking place as part of the event.
These online activities will include:
- A live stream from conservation on the Silk Road (6-12 June),
- A live stream from Museums, which will allow viewers to remotely visit the special exhibitions of 20 museums along the Silk Road in China.
- Short videos from 100 Silk Road Museums will also be available
- An online ‘Poster Relay’ of Silk Roads: museums along the Silk Road are invited to post several photos of their most representative Silk Road objects and artifacts on social media from 13 May to 12 June 2020.