The sound of music comes to Katowice

A state-of-the-art concert venue is to be built in Katowice for the renowned National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Katowice is located in the centre of a large conurbation where approximately 2 700 000 people reside. It is home to the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra which, thanks to this project, will now have a world-class home. The venue will be located in the “Culture Zone” (Strefa Kultury) which is a large site hosting a sports and entertainment arena, an international congress centre and a museum in addition to the music venue.

The addition of this venue will transform the cultural offering of the region and enhance the appeal of Poland to potential visitors. Creating a top-class venue for the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra will also aid in developing its potential and increasing its profile on the world music stage.

The purest sound

The building will be constructed using the latest technology in sound insulation and sound quality. It will also be fully accessible to disabled people. The main auditorium will seat 1 800 concert goers over five levels along with a 120-piece orchestra and a 100-member choir. The stage can be arranged in several different ways to suit the performance. A powerful system of insulation and a mobile, multi-segmented ceiling will ensure excellence in sound quality. For smaller concerts like jazz sessions and choral performances, there will be a small auditorium suitable for an audience of about 300. This auditorium will be constructed as a box-within-a-box – i.e. the room will be built within but separate to the building shell – for maximum sound insulation.

The foyer on the ground floor will have a box office, music shop, cloakroom, bar and toilets. This space can also be used for small concerts, exhibitions etc. Finally, there will be an upper foyer where visitors will find a restaurant, a musical playroom for children, cloakrooms and access to the auditoriums. On this level, there will also be facilities for those working in the venue such as rehearsal rooms, a staff canteen, rest areas for musicians, VIP areas, administrative offices, a recording studio, library, archives, technical supplies, storage and maintenance facilities.

A win for music lovers

The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra will benefit hugely from this project as they will have a superior venue in which to showcase their work. Musicians – the Orchestra’s and others visiting – will have access to the excellent facilities available. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear music in a purpose-built setting.

The venue is expecting to welcome 119 070 visitors annually. Locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy about 171 concerts per year. In addition, 135 jobs will be created during the implementation phase and 16 during the operational phase. The project will help to bring the world’s music to Katowice and Katowice’s music, through the work of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, to the world.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice” has a total eligible budget of EUR 65 841 711, with the EU’s Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 55 965 454 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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