The project was officially launched at the Opening Conferenceon March 31, 2015 held at the ModrýKameň castle. The conference was attended by Mrs RannveigSkofteland, Chargé d´Affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Slovakia, Ing. Jaroslav Mojžiš, Head of Department of the EEA and Norwegian Grants at the Government Office of the Slovak Republic, PhDr. PavolŠimunič,CSc., Director General of the Cultural Heritage Section at the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Ing. Arch. Zuzana Klasová, Director of the Regional Monuments Board in BanskáBystricaattending the conference on behalf of the Director General of the Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic, the Norwegian project partners Ms. Karen Hoie and Mr. SweinGundersen from Oslorepresenting Kulturproduktsjoner and,Prof. Ida Hledíková, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Department of Puppetry at the Academy of Performing Arts. The conference was also participated in by the representatives of the Directorate General of the Slovak National Museum and Ing. AladárBariak, Mayor of the Municipality of ModrýKameň. The invited guests representing the Government Office of the SR as the coordinator and administrator of the project, directors of museums, cultural institutions, representatives of schools as well as other supporters of the Museumhad the opportunity hear the speeches of the guest-speakers, follow the lectures appreciating the reconstruction of valuable historicalpremises of the castle, learn about the planned rebuilding of the premises and the project goals.
The participants were also informed about the ongoing activities of the Museum in the field of museum pedagogy as a special museological discipline aimed at working with the visitors. The children´s puppetry circle Kamienokof the Museum consisting of the pupils from the local elementary school performed a shadow theatre “Abought Doughnut”, thus spectacularly presenting the creative activities of the Museum with the kids. The participants appreciated the results achieved by the Museum's creative workshops, where the kids not only play puppet theatreon different stages, but also make the puppetsusing various techniques and materials. The conference participants also visited the premises to be reconstructed, which have, over the last year, been systematicallypreparedfor the reconstruction. They also visited the expositions of the Museum specialising on its main profile - puppet culture, toys and regional history.