Lectures and Workshops

Choose to attend lecture group 1lecture group 2one of three workshops or visit Cinekid Festival’s Medialab. 


Lecture group 1

Growing Up in a Growing Metropol

Erdoğan Kahyaoğlu, Co-founder, Informal Education – çocukistanbul (Turkey)

Erdogan-KahyaogluThe more we do not think and care about our cities, the more careless are our cities to us. Mainly to children, to disabled and to the disadvantaged. This session focuses on finding creative and effective methods to make our cities listen to all citizens and to our children: an inspiring and crucial task.

Active in İstanbul, Informal Education – çocukistanbul’s mission is to provide permanent opportunities and environments for children where they can learn while playing, get in touch with friends of their age in a free, sharing and collaborative atmosphere, improve their capabilities and awareness of themselves as an individual.

Living Labbing in a Museum: Fostering Active Engagement and Creativity

Katie Coughlin, Oslo Children´s Museum and Alma Leora Culen, the University of Oslo (Norway)

Spreker_Katie_CoughlinwebSpreker_Alma_Leora_CulenwebA living lab can be used as an effective framework in museums for audience engagement and co-creation, particularly with children. We outline the concept and show how a living lab can be implemented, with examples from recent projects with Oslo Children’s Museum.

Katie Coughlin is the founder and leader of Oslo Children’s Museum. Alma Culen is Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. The two have cooperated on diverse projects for children during the past 10 years.

Lecture group 2

Cooperation between Children’s Museums and National- or City-Museums

Dr. Claudia Haas, Haas:consult, and Dr. Elisabeth Menasse, director of Zoom Children’s Museum (Austria)

Elisabeth_Menasse_c_ZOOM_Kindermuseum_J.J._Kucek_2More and more National and City Museums develop programmes for children in cooperation with Children’s Museums. How can we organize the joint work of institutions with different cooperative cultures in a fruitful way? The lecture will give a critical view on the challenges and problems from both sides: from the perspective of a museums consultant as well as from a Children’s Museum professional.

Elisabeth Menasse, born 1954, PhD in history, Director of ZOOM Children`s Museum in Vienna since 2003. Claudia Haas: PhD in art history, founding director of ZOOM Children’s Museum, museums consultant since 2003.

Tropenmuseum Junior and Mudec Junior: A Challenging Case about Collaboration

Marielle Pals, Head of Programmes Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde, Afrika Museum (Netherlands) and Sabina Cantarelli, Director educational dept MUDEC Junior Milano (Italy)

Marielle Pals and Sabina Cantarelli will present two newly opened exhibition projects that represent the outcome of both international collaboration and local co-creation.Two museums, two environments, two different stories, one theme, one goal. A great opportunity to learn how experience can be shared for effective projects.

Spreker_Marielle PalsSpreker_Sabina CantarelliMarielle Pals is in charge of Tropenmuseum Junior and Head of Programmes of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum. Sabina Cantarelli (former President of MUBA – the Children’s Museum in Milan -, and curator of the Children Area of Expo2015 with Reggio Children) is in charge of developing all education programs of MUDEC, the newly opened Museum for Cultures in Milan.

Visit Cinekid Festival

Cinekids MediaLab

Cinekids Festival (Netherlands) Please note, this session lasts 2.5 hours and takes up timeslot 5 and 6.

During the MediaLab visit, participants will get an unique tour through Cinekids MediaLab.  They will discover the latest multimedia developments and get the opportunity to see children / schoolclasses in action at the different workshops and installations and participants will also be able to experience the installations themselves.

Located in Amsterdam, Cinekid organises the world’s largest media festival for children. Every year more than 50.000 children are given the opportunity to visit over 500 media productions selected by the festival: feature films, children’s documentaries, short films, animations, television series and single productions, cross media productions, interactive installations and set-ups as well as workshops.



Design, Plan, Budget and Present a Children’s Exhibition!

Bart Wagemakers, Owner Heijmerink Wagemakers and Dick Heijdra, Owner Pronk (Netherlands)

Bart WagemakersFoto Dick HeijdraDuring this workshop groups will develop the an exhibition for children using different budgets, ranging from 500 to 500.000 euros! Working with a theme and storyline that will speak to the imagination of children around the world, workshop leaders will guide you through the different processes of designing, planning and budgeting.

Heijmerink Wagemakers provides security in the development and building of distinctive and representative projects and objects. From experience to museum exhibition: they make it happen! Heijmerink Wagemakers works with client and designer to create results that exceed expectations.

Design Thinking for the Golden Rule

Petra Katzenstein, Manager Development & Special Projects at Jewish Cultural Quarter + Jasper Visser, Change agent, Innovator at Inspired by Coffee (Netherlands)

spreker_jasper_visserwebHow can the Jewish Historical Children’s Museum reach children and parents alike with their message about the Golden Rule, and how can this be given meaning in our everyday lives? Participants in the workshop will discover and use design thinking to solve these questions, and learn how to solve their own.

Jasper is a change agent and innovator specialised in audience engagement. For over 10 years he’s worked with clients ranging from cultural and heritage institutions to large multinationals on exciting projects, ranging from campaigns and games to large-scale transformation processes.

15:00 – 16:45
Product Development and Visual Merchandising for Children’s Products for Museum Shops

Jeanine Aalfs, Retail Manager Museum Shops, National Maritime Museum (Netherlands)

spreker_jeanine_aalfsThis session begins with a short presentation and discussion about trends in Museum Shops,  product development for children’s products and visual merchandising. How to set up a concept? Which departments in your company could be involved in this process? What is the story that you want to tell with your products and how do you present this story? This workshop will provide you with some hands on tools and will inspire you to use your commercial and creative eye.

Jeanine Aalfs has been developing creative and commercial concepts for various retailers and Museum Shops. She is retail consultant at the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam and Retail Manager Museum Shops of the National Museum of World Cultures. As a designer she developed product collection’s for children in collaboration with the National Cultural Heritage Museum Abu Dhabi and the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam.

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