A concert by the violinist Sara Cubarsi, and a visit of the air-raid shelter of the Cornellà Station were the highlights of a day which once again filled the Museum with visitors.
The concert by the violinist Sara Curbasi, who won the El Primer Palau 2013 award and the Catalunya Música award, accompanied by the pianist Carles Marigó, the winner of several national and international piano and composition awards, was one of the most popular activities of the night. You can listen to the recording of this recital made by the radio station Catalunya Música here.
The novelty this year was the visit of the air-raid shelter of the Cornellà Station. This is a unique space that the visitors were able to tour for the first time. It was built during the Spanish Civil War as a shelter for the workers of Aigües de Barcelona during the conflict and it meant that the activity of the Station never stopped. From the beginning of the Civil War, both the Cornellà Station and the overall supply network of Aigües de Barcelona were of great strategic importance. This transformed the industry into a possible military target, leading to the construction of a shelter to protect its workers which could be visited for the first time on the Night of Museums.
Overall, the Museum received around 1,800 visits, representing a new record of participation, and confirming the increase in visitors that the Museum has recorded uninterruptedly for the Night of Museums in recent years.
International Museum Day is an event which has been organized annually by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 1977, with the aim of raising the awareness of citizens about the role of museums in the development of society. This year’s theme, Museums for a sustainable society, was intended to recognize the role played by museums in the social education of citizens in order to encourage a greater awareness of the current repercussions of the action of people on our planet and of the essential need to change the economic and social model.