Tuesday, 19 December 2006

International Bluegrass Music Museum becomes truly international

In keeping with the International Bluegrass Music Museum's mission to make bluegrass accessible to a global fan base and to be more hospitable to its international visitors, the IBMM decided earlier this year to put up signs in seven major languages. The front door welcomes visitors in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Czech, and Japanese. Other signs throughout the museum translate information for foreign guests, and the Museum's Self-Guided Tour has been translated into Japanese and Czech in its entirety. Translation of these and the IBMM website into all seven languages is in progress.

At ROMP, the museum's annual mega-bluegrass celebration on Memorial Day Weekend, five international bands were among 42 featured acts: Hermanek (Czech Republic), Bluegrass 45 (Japan), the Abrams Brothers (Ontario), the Kruger Brothers (natives of Switzerland), and John Reischman & the Jaybirds (British Columbia).

Also during ROMP, the museum opened a new exhibit: 'The History of Bluegrass in Europe and Japan'. Part I showcases bluegrass publications, posters, and other paper memorabilia from all over the world in many languages; visitors follow a narrative that describes how bluegrass music reached all corners of the globe. In this cumulative three-year exhibit, Part #II will focus on international bluegrass festivals, and Part #III will feature bluegrass instruments from around the world. Each new addition to the exhibit will open at ROMP.

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Elizabeth Fuhrman Bragg, IBMM curator, says:

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