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Monastery Broumov - Living European Centre of Culture and Education

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


RegionHradec Králové Region
Title of the ProgrammeCultural Heritage and Contemporary Art - programme area no. 17
Title of the ProjectMonastery Broumov - Living European Centre of Culture and Education
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Project Promoter

Agentura pro rozvoj Broumovska

Name of Norwegian Partner(s)


Engegard Quartet

Objective of the Project

The aim of the project is to give the Benedictine Monastery in Broumov back its function as a centre of education and culture. The monastery is a national cultural monument whose history dates back to the early 13th century. The monastery had been a natural centre of spirituality, culture and religion and economy within the region and had played an important role not only in the regional but also Czech and European history. Due to unfortunate events after the World War 2 the monastery had lost not only its economic background but also its active community. The abandoned monastery was later used as a concentration camp and later on as a State Security (STB) archive. The project proposes implementation of the preparatory phase to strengthen the mutual partnership and transfer of know-how with the music band Engegard Quartet and four follow-up cultural and educational activities which are outputs of the project. The submitted project will help the applicant start cooperation with foreign partners on the European level and the project activities will take place in appropriate spaces of the newly renovated monastery. Including foreign partners will not only improve bilateral relationships between the involved parties but also improve the cultural dialogues and introduce cultural differencies of Scandinavian partners to the Czech audience. The monastery will finally regain a European aspect of the centre of education and culture as it had had many centuries ago. The cooperation is going to be a starting point of long-term cooperation on the mentioned activities and other future activities which will be implemented on the monastery premises. The project brings a high-quality programme with artistic values focused on various target groups. Part of the programme has an ambition and is gradually becoming a household name not only within the Czech Republic but also central Europe - the music festival with an open-air concert located in the Rock Towns (another phenomenon together with the Baroque). Other activities include exhibition programme of "Galerie Dům" and supporting site specific project. The second part of the programme is focused on supporting and optional cultural activities for the local community. The activitiy of "Art Café" offers quality cultural programme of club-like and café-like character for the general public which is currently not available in the town. The last but not least part of the project is a unique attempt to produce a unique drama which would map often rather unknown history of the town and its neighbourhood and interpret the history in so that it motivates confidentdevelopment and activities of the local community.

Approved grant

approximately 90 981 EUR

Project DurationStart date: 5th January 2015, End date: 31st December 2015