New concert venue adds to city of Toruń’s cultural appeal

A modern cultural and congress facility is being built in the northern Polish city of Toruń, providing residents with a cutting edge venue for music, dance and the arts. The new facility will also help to consolidate the city’s reputation as a tourist venue and attract more visitors from Poland and further afield.

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The project involves the construction of a multifunctional concert hall with capacity for an audience of some 1 189 people. Additional facilities include an underground car park with 185 parking places, with five allocated for disabled persons. Development of the surrounding area is also being carried out in order to provide visitors with easy access and to improve the overall environment.

When completed the project will have provided access to a wide range of modern cultural offerings and, in consequence, will improve the quality of life of inhabitants. In particular, the facility will be a principal seat of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

A range of benefits

The project involves the construction of a chamber music hall, a main concert hall, a cafeteria, and administration and technical areas. In addition, the funding will be used to purchase the stage technical equipment, including a mobile auditorium, and for activities related to the construction, such as archaeological supervision.

A key aim of the project is to reduce barriers in access to cultural events for people threatened by social exclusion. For example, ensuring disabled access is a critical design consideration for the new building. Some 84 300 people visiting cultural heritage sites last year required assistance.

In addition, the facility will also help to increase the attractiveness of the region to visitors and tourists from abroad. Situated in northern Poland on the Vistula River, Toruń is one of the oldest cities in the country and boasts a medieval centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A world-class venue

The city has many monuments of architecture dating back to the Middle Ages, and is famous for having preserved almost intact its medieval spatial layout. Major renovation projects have been undertaken in recent years to improve the condition and external presentation of the Old Town.

A world class cultural venue will only add to the city’s attractions. The project plans to generate revenue in the form of parking fees and fees for renting the premises, including the concert hall, the recording studio and commercial areas.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Adaptation of Jordanki area in Toruń for the cultural and congress activities” is    EUR 57 054 065, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 14 000 000 through the “Kujawsko-Pomorskie” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Social infrastructure development”.

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