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Some of the most popular events that have taken place in UK museums and at galleries have been Museum at Night festivals, that have attracted new and diverse audiences across the UK.
Now, Museums at Night is under threat as the art charity that runs it Culture 24, has started exploring alternative options. Normally the month-long events take place in London in May and across the whole of the UK in October.
Culture24’s campaigns manager Nick Stockman, told the Museums Association: “We are currently consulting with stakeholders about the options for the twice-yearly UK-wide Museums at Night campaigns from May 2019.”
“This is part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the development of lates in this country,” said Stockman.
Though this October’s festival will go ahead as planned, there is a question mark over whether or not the events will take place from next year.
Instead, it is expected that rather than two festivals, the organisation will run year-round night time events at museums and galleries, following a review of the night time event industry at a one-day conference earlier this month.
It is not known when the consultation period will end and when a decision will be reached regarding the future of the festival.
Culture24 took over the Museums at Night festival in 2009. To date the festival has held events at over 500 venues, holding 700 events that have welcomed 100,000 visitors a year.