Renovation of the Open Air Cinema

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Youth Center Velenje
  • Contact person: Mr. Dimitrij Amon, dimitrij.amon@kunigunda.si
  • Year of implementation:
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovenia
  • Region: Savinjska stat. region
  • Town: Velenje
  • Size of area: 2000 m2
  • Impact: municipal

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • other: 25000 EUR
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    3. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
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    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. Open air cinema does not have a special status as an official cultural heritage. The construction of the facility as well as its renovation by volunteers is nevertheless important to the local environment and represents an essential part of the cultural heritage and identity of the Municipality Velenje. In the future the Youth Centre Velenje plans to set up a volunteering remembrance park next to the facility.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. The construction of the facility is not complicated and does not entail special architectural characteristics. In the consciousness of the local population it represents a venue for cultural events and entertainment, but in particular a facility that was built and renewed into its previous form and function with the help of volunteers.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. (300 - 600 characters)

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The basis of the Velenje city master plan, which has partially been maintained until today, ensured a balanced and functional development of all city areas. The project of open air cinema renovation needs to be considered from a different functional point of view. There are a lot of important cultural as well as sporting events and activities In the Velenje coal mine sinking area. With the renovation of the open air cinema the area enriched its cultural offer, as well as its entertainment activities.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. The basis of the Velenje city master plan, that has partially been maintained until today, ensured a balanced and functional development of all city areas. There are no drastic development disparities among city districts.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. In the cultural context, the renovation of the open air cinema represents an important infrastructural and symbolic asset. Since the cinema opening there were a lot of different events (over 20 projections of art films, 7 concerts, 75 sporting events - ice rink, several NGO social gatherings, a celebration of the Statehood Day...). There are plans to improve the functional and technical set-up of the facility. It is envisaged to set up a volunteering remembrance park next to the facility. The open air cinema is managed by the Regional Multimedia Centre Kunigunda, which is a programme unit of the Youth Centre Velenje.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.mc-velenje.si/