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The project: Construction of the European Centre for Theatre Practices in Gardzienice is co-financed by the European Union, within the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”, Priority XI: Culture and cultural heritage, Action 11.1: Protection and preservation of cultural heritage of over-regional importance.


Project objective:


The objective of the project is to save and improve the condition of objects of cultural heritage – buildings of the historical palace complex in Gardzienice. A rich artistic and didactic programme has been planned for the restored and reconstructed buildings of the palace complex. The implementation of the project will result in increased efficiency using the cultural infrastructure, as well as intensification of artistic and educational activities at the Centre for Theatre Practices .


The scope of the project:


The project includes renovation, reconstruction and adaptation to the Centre’s needs of four objects of the palace complex as well as their surrounding: a historical 17th- century palace (with relics of a medieval structure), a 19th-century outbuilding (called the “Northern” or “Small” Outbilding), a 19th-century granary and a shed built in 1970s for a local cooperative.


The renovated Palace will be a place for concerts, performances, workshops and expositions. The Granary will host a new theatre stage. It will also become the home for Gardzienice’s Academy for Theatre Practices. In the Shed, transformed into the Hall of Rehearsals and Gatherings, presentations for smaller audiences and theatrical workshops will be held. The Northern Outbuilding will serve as an office and a workshop.


Visualization of the Palace after the renovation. Author: Leszek Jasiński


Visualization of the Granary after reconstruction. Author Jerzy Uścinowicz


The buildings will be equipped to accommodate disabled persons. One of the project elements is also the surroundings of the buildings, i.e. renovation of the park, including the creation of small architectural objects (among others a “Living Wall”), park paths and park lighting. Two special gardens are also planned, a “Magical Garden” and a “Japanese Garden”; which evoke the tradition of the Gardzienice palace park.


Time of implementation:


The project has been implemented since 2007 (first building works) although the contract with the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (responsible for programme implementation) was signed on August 4th, 2010.

The construction and renovation works should be finished by June 30th, 2013.


Project value and the amount of co-financing:


The overall value of the project is 18,844,356.63 PLN (ca. 4.4 million EUR),

The EU subvention is 15,959,382.88 PLN (ca. 3.7 million EUR).

The project is financially supported also by Lubelskie Voivodship (the regional government).


The plans for future activities:


The project will eliminate the main barrier to the activities of the Centre for Theatre Practices “Gardzienice”, i.e. the bad condition of its infrastructure. Thanks to the project’s implementation, the artistic and educational output of our Centre will be largely increased.

The cultural programme for the Centre has been described in the Feasibility Study. Its key point is the transformation of Gardzienice into the European Village of Culture. We plan to expand our presentations, as well as concerts, conference and exhibitions. We will hold a permanent exhibition consecrated to the sources of theatre. A Workshop for Local History will be created, hosting historical objects documenting regional history, including pieces discovered during archaeological excavations in 2009-2011.


One of the important aspects of the Centre’s functioning after the completion of the project will be a radical increase in educational activities. One of the Centre’s projects is the Academy for Theatre Practices, which is a form of artistic education, based on sessions over several days, held once a month, and forming a yearly programme for a group of young people. We plan to expand and intensify the Academy’s programme, as well as to create more workshops for young people and artists.