ZAMEK Culture Centre

Conservation of the historical interiors in the west wing of the former Imperial Castle in Poznań and their adaptation for effective utilization of cultural heritage

ZAMEK Culture Centre is to receive in excess of 14 million zloty in financing from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020, to carry out a project submitted for the grant competition held within the framework of the priority axis Protection of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources.

scope of the project

1/ conservation of historic interiors on the ground floor, as well as first and second floor in the west part of the former Imperial Castle; elements on which conservation works will be performed include period stonework and masonry (floors and stone facing), plasters and mouldings,  woodwork (panelling, parquets, and replacement or conservation of window frames)
2/ installations works, including electrical and low-current wiring and fittings as well as sanitary/plumbing fittings,
3/ removal of the walls in the second floor hallway, put in place within the original structure in the 1960s,
4/ furnishing of the interiors (purchase of state-of-the-art sound/PA systems, display systems, and stage lighting system) enabling the institution to carry out a comprehensive cultural programme, including theatre and live music performances, as well as exhibitions of contemporary art,
5/ audio-video system as equipment for the guides, to support an extensive programme of guided tours for groups and individual visitors, including persons with disabilities, e.g. hearing or visually impaired persons
6/ purchase of equipment to conduct digitalization of the material kept in the institution’s archives,
7/ purchase of computer equipment for the planned multimedia library and reading room.

outcomes of the project

Completion of this undertaking will enable our institution to take full advantage of the potential inherent in the historic wing of the castle. As a result, a new, widely accessible space to conduct cultural activities will be available (spanning 40.73 % of the usable area in the west wing).
Renovated interiors will become an attraction available throughout the year (our premises are and will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), drawing both local inhabitants and guests from the region and the country.

New cultural and educational forms (events) planned for those spaces include, in the main, exhibitions of contemporary art, performances, visual arts laboratory, chamber concerts of new, contemporary and early music, film screenings addressing the history of the castle in the context of history of Poznań and Poland, architectural walks, multimedia library and reading room with resources relating to the castle as well as history and culture of Poznań, and display of selected surviving items which were among the original furnishings of the castle. 

All that is intended for a broad audience, including persons facing social exclusion and persons with disabilities.

The project is to be carried out from 2017 to 2020.

Total value of the project: PLN 20,657,911.21.

Total funding obtained from the EFRD: PLN 14,341,880.76.