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Museum Night at UNESCO: African heritage and electronic music in the spotlight

13 May 2023

On the occasion of the European Museum Night, UNESCO will open its doors on Saturday 13 May from 6 pm to midnight. In addition to its rich architectural and artistic heritage, the Organization will offer a series of cultural activities dedicated to Africa. In the second half of the evening, visitors will be able to attend an artistic performance by DJ Michael Canitrot, combining electronic music and lighting.

From 6pm, a programme on Africa

  • Presentation of works from the African continent: From the UNESCO collection, these works of art, dating from the 3rd millennium BC to contemporary art, will be accessible to the public for the first time.
  • "African folk tales reinvented": Screening of the six winning short films from the UNESCO-Netflix competition that highlight the richness of Africa's cultural heritage.
  • Dialogues on African heritage (at 7pm and 9pm): Visitors will have the opportunity to interact in two sessions with experts in the field of heritage preservation and enhancement in Africa.
  • Dance and percussion: The Kongo Ballets company will perform traditional rhythms
  • Reading corner: Visitors will have access to a unique selection of UNESCO works on Africa, its heritage, its history and its challenges.
  • Gastronomy: the food truck "New Soul Food" will offer Afro street food

From 22h, electronic music 

  • Showcase Michael Canitrot's "Light Odyssey" DJ producer and founder of the "Monumental Tour" project, Michael Canitrot will propose with the Collectif Scale an immersive performance celebrating cultural heritage, which will combine electronic music, digital scenography and classical architecture. It will allow visitors to discover UNESCO Headquarters from a new angle.

Le Siège de l’UNESCO, lieu d’échange et de partage

Under the impetus of Director-General Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO has launched a policy in recent years to open its Paris headquarters to a wider public. In addition to participating in the European Museum Night (4,000 visitors in 2022), the Organization's Headquarters is accessible during guided tours (22,000 visitors per year) and for the Heritage Days (nearly 9,000 visitors during the weekend).

More information


Press Contacts

Press Officer

Tel: +33145682293
Email: t.mallard@unesco.org

French Editor

Tel: +33145680459
Email: m.adjiwanou@unesco.org


Saturday, 13 May 2023

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