The renovation and transformation of the historical Pavlograd Drama Theatre from the 19th century was part of an initiative within the city’s “Program of Cultural Development and Cultural Heritage Preservation of Pavlograd for 2015-2020”. As an object of cultural heritage, the old building has been transformed into a theatre center open for all, offering a space for cultural activities and education, social mixing and interaction, dialogue and creativity. The project aims to link the city’s cultural heritage with current societal challenges. Considering the increase of forced migration, for example, it aims to assure that migrants’ social and cultural needs are met and also to support them in dealing with their experiences and traumas through art and theatre. The project is run by a collaboration of the City Council, a number of NGOs, secondary and higher education institutions, cultural/artistic groups and communities as well as the main coal enterprise in the city. An evaluation is planned at the end of its implementation in 2020.
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