Culture and Heritage Site Restoration
Are Top Priorities
The significance of culture and the restoration of heritage sites in the Moravian-Silesian Region has
considerably grown. The government of the region has been annually increasing the budget for these
projects. In 2016, the total investment in culture was generally 329 millionCZK, 474 million in 2017,
695 million in 2018, 847 million last year and 780 million this year. We asked the Deputy Governor
for Culture and heritage preservation, Mgr. et Mgr. Lukáš Curylo (KDU-ČSL), what happens to the
money, where it is spent and where inhabitants and visitors to the city can see and make use of the
The construction of the Moravian-Silesian Scientific
Library, the so-called Black Cube, and the extension to the
House of Arts – Gallery of the 21st Century, called the
White Shadow, represent our greatest cultural projects.
What is the current stage of these projects?
Both these projects are my top priority. The urban planning
decision for the Black Cube is nearly ready, the application
for the construction permit is being prepared. Then the
builder must be chosen and in 2021 the actual construction
will begin. The plan to open the new library in 2023 or
2024 is feasible.
The other project, the extension to the House of Arts –
Gallery of 21st Century, was designed by the architect
Josef Pleskot. If everything goes well, the construction of
this project will also start in 2021. It will take two years to
open the library to the public, we are hoping to greet our
first visitors in 2023.
Does the government of the region or its public-benefit
corporations prepare more novelties to attract and serve
tourists and citizens of the region?
In December 2019, the barrier-free permanent exposition
of the Beskids: Nature and People opened at Chateau
Frýdek. We are building the new Museum of Tatra Vehicles
in Kopřivnice, a living museum at the Memorial of John
Amos Comenius in Fulnek, we have finished the renovation
of the exhibition hall and are currently preparing a new
exposition in the Regional Museum of Těšín, creating an
exposition of the Regional Museum of Těšín in Jablunkov–
Museum Trojmezí. We are finishing a new museum at
Chateau Nová Horka u Studénky, the renovation of Sala
Terrena and a chateau park at the National Heritage Sight
Chateau Bruntál, and in September 2020 we will open the
Small Scene at the Těšín Theatre.
You are responsible for financing live culture in the
region. How many events does the government support
annually, and what is the sum spent on all the events?
In 2019 almost 46.5 millionCZK was allocated to support
live culture and the performing arts. Beats for Love,
Colours of Ostrava, Dream Factory Ostrava, Festival
in Streets (Festival v ulicích), cultural events by Matice
slezská in Dolní Lomná, the International Festival of Advent
and Christmas Traditions, Carols and Crafts “Souznění”
(Harmony), the Leoš Janáček International Music Festival,
Moravian-Silesian Cultural Awards “Jantar” (Amber), Open
Temples, the St. Wenceslas Music Festival, and Štěrkovna
Open Music, to name a few of the events supported by the
regional government with 55 millionCZK in 2019. I cannot
say how many events we support annually because the
numbers change every year. Last year we received about
200 applications (about eighty-five individual applications,
sixty-one applications within the Programme for the
Support of Cultural Activities, eighteen events of regional
and larger impact, support to six professional theatres,
and twenty-one projects supporting activities of national
Thank you for the interview.
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