An intercultural network of museums in the Adriatic region has been established within the AdriaWealth Project. This has been financed by the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme 2007-2013 – the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese as leading member, the Puglia  Region/ Department for Tourism, Economy of Culture and Promotion of the Territory as partners, with the support of the Pino Pascali Museum Foundation and the Apulia Film Commission.

The network gathers different museums of the Adriatic region in order to draw new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural approach. It will be presented for the first time on the 24th October  2016 from 3 pm at the Pino Pascali Museum in Polignano a Mare with a workshop that will bring together different realities from Albania, Croatia, Greece Montenegro, Slovenia and representatives of museums in the Italian Adriatic regions. The event will open with a speech by Marcello Tagliente, General Directorate for Museums  – MiBACT.

This will be followed by speeches by Ludovico Pratesi, director  of the Centre for Visual Art Pescheria in Pesaro, Marche region; Vincenzo Tini D’Ignazio, director of the Menegaz Foundation in Castelbasso, Abruzzo Region; Monica Gori,  from the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Emilia Romagna region; Cristiana Colli, co-director of the event Public Maritime Domain. Km-278 held every year in  Marzocca di Senigallia, in the Marche region, and which every year focuses on the cultural potential of the Adriatic area and the dialogue between the two banks.

They will also be joined by Gloria Fazia director of the Town Gallery in Foggia, and Daniela De Vincentis of the Museum of Ceramics in Grottaglie. A panel of art critics will moderate the debate. These are:  Christian Caliandro, Lia De Venere, Roberto Lacarbonara, Santa Nastro.

The Adriatic Museum Network aims at promoting dialogue, communication and connections among similar realities represented by the various museums on the Adriatic coasts so as to enhance every single gallery and their heritage as well as promote a fruitful debate concerning best practice, skills and competencies.

Moreover, among the other objectives of the agreement, there is the promotion of cooperation policies aimed at improving the quality of and access to cultural services; the creation of synergies for the development of “ museum districts”; innovative forms of management to improve the quality of the services offered by the museums;  the creation of a new perception of  museum as a place that can generate new forms of technological innovation, economic growth and changes in the style and quality of life.