Academy of Music renovates its historic seat

The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice has commenced the renovation of its historic building situated at 33 Wojewódzka St. The worth of the undertaking amounts to PLN 10,66 million. The project is co-financed within the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area Grants and Norway Grants.

Historic building of the Academy of Music situated at 33 Wojewódzka St.
Historic building of the Academy of Music situated at 33 Wojewódzka St.

The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice was founded in 1929. Seated in the neo-Gothic building the academy combines its luminous past marked by such outstanding graduates as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar and Krystian Zimerman. The seat was constructed at the end of the 19th century. The historic building is linked with the award-winning Science and Music Education Center “Symfonia”, which was delivered in 2007.

The revitalization of the seat includes: renovation of the roof and elevation, replacement of windows, renewal of the ancient Bolesław Szabelski lecture hall and installation of new organ, and refit of the fencing. The works are being conducted by Furmanek Renewal based in Daleszyce, Poland. The undertaking will be concluded by 30th of April 2016.

PLN 8,96 million out of the PLN 10,66 million is financed from the Norway Grants. The remaining amount was provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and from the academy budget. The project is being implement in the cooperation with the Grieg Academy, a music department of the University of Begen in Norway.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe. Country allocations are based on population size and GDP per capita, making Poland the largest beneficiary state. For the period 2009-2014, EUR 578,1 million has been granted for the projects implemented in Poland.

In Katowice, the EEA Grants supported the research of the Medical University of Silesia on ticks and tick-borne diseases (almost EUR 0,6 million). Also, the Silesian Museum will benefit from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants. The financial help will be allocated for the renovation of the former „Katowice” coal mine’s buildings where the new seat of the museum is now located.

The renovation of the historic seat is not the sole investment of the Academy of Music. A thermal efficiency improvement of the educational facility is now being conducted at 27 Krasińskiego St. The building houses a student dormitory which is also under the redevelopment. Worth of construction works of this two undertakings totals PLN 1,73 million.