Minutes of the Public Consultation Meeting regarding revitalisation of the historical monument on Blvd. 21 Decembrie

Friday, 18 October, 12:00, at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Data Science of UBB the consultation of the representatives of the cultural sector of Cluj and of all citizens interested in the sustainable use of the historical monument on Bulevardul 21 Decembrie nr. 106 in Cluj-Napoca – pavilion B took place, in order to create a cultural centre.

Participants in the meeting: Balázsi-Pál Ágnes (PONT Group), Ioan Sumedre and Milena Surducan (Caolin Association), Cristina Beligăr and Dan Bodea (journalists, Transilvania Reporter), Diana Buluga and Carmen Muntean (Create.Act.Enjoy Association), Oana Mardare (Reactor de Creație și Experiment Association), Eugen Pănescu (architect, Planwerk Cluj), Andi Daiszler (Daisler Association), Andreea Iancu (German Cultural Centre), Cecilia Stupar (architect, KNK Studio), Mariul Lazin (ADR Nord-Vest), Daniel Andreica and Susana Sarkozi (Faculty of Physics of Babeș-Bolyai University), Ștefan Teișanu, Rarița Zbranca, Georgiana Buț, Corina Bucea and Hanna Ugron (Cluj Cultural Centre). Other representatives of the cultural sector and community communicated their project-related inputs by phone or online.

The new cultural space will be co-managed by the Municipality and the Cluj Cultural Centre, the City Hall being in charge of technical management, while the Centre takes care of program management. Given the needs of the local cultural sector, but also the limitations of intervention on the building by the legislation on historical monuments, the new cultural space is thought of as a resource centre for the cultural sector and the community, meant to offer office and co-working space, halls for events, exhibition and performance spaces, library and educational hall, studios for artist residency. All these spaces can be used by the member and partner organisations of the Cluj Cultural Centre and the Municipality.

Rarița Zbranca, the program director of the Centre, briefly presented the activities proposed for CCC implementation within this partnership and the opportunities that these activities can offer to the members of the Centre and the cultural operators in Cluj in general, mentioning the space limitations regarding the possibility of hosting certain types of cultural activities in the members’ portfolio, such as those in the field of performing arts. Priority activities include training and capacity building activities for the cultural sector, artist residency, specialised conferences, educational and cultural mediation activities, as well as own and hosted artistic and cultural events. In general, the space could become one of resources for the independent cultural sector of Cluj and will allow multiple and multidisciplinary activities, especially in the field of ​​support activities, with the exception of those specific to the field of performing arts or education.

The interventions and questions of those present at the consultation meeting focused mainly on the issue of the collaboration framework through which the activities of the member and partner organisations of the Centre and the Municipality could be scheduled in the spaces in question. Moreover, the performing arts specialists (Reactor, Create.Act.Enjoy) pointed out the need to bring the space management plan closer to their needs from the first stages of the restoration and revitalisation process, which is why the representatives of the Centre proposed setting up a working meeting between them and the design team.

Cristian Hordilă (Transilvania International Film Festival) proposed, through a telephone intervention before the public consultation, to take into account the need of larger cultural operators to simultaneously carry out more activities of different types, within festival events. For these situations, it should be possible for an operator to rent short-term several spaces simultaneously in the building.

Several of the participants (Daisler Association, Planwerk Cluj) welcomed the idea of debating the topic of planning the intervention and scheduling the space with representatives of the cultural sector, especially given that it’s a time when many cultural operators in the city are faced with a lack of spaces in which they can carry out their activities.

Moreover, it was concluded (Planwerk Cluj, Reactor) that the need for spaces in which permanent or long-term activities can be scheduled is yet to be met and there is hope that this initiative and this process of capitalisation will be an example of good practice, which will generate several similar processes in the city. The project of the European Centre for Contemporary Art was mentioned, which should be resumed with priority to cover a whole other set of acute needs of the Cluj cultural sector at the moment.

After this focus-group with the stakeholders – cultural operators, future beneficiaries of the cultural centre –, the consultation of the cultural sector and the Cluj community will continue online, in particular regarding aspects related to the planning of the valorisation process and the activities set out.

Photo gallery: Dan Bodea, Transilvania Reporter


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