Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine
House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022. Piano

House of culture of Irpin

1954
The opening of the house of culture took place in the fall of 1954: an auditorium with 484 seats, a lobby, dressing room, choreography, vocal and theater classes. Already in the first year of existence, about 15 children's and adult creative teams worked there. Over time, the richness of cultural and social life within its walls only grew. And until recently, various creative studios and classes, language clubs, concerts and performances, public events were held in the House of Culture.

Status

Damaged

Raised

6 156 UAH

from UAH 204,8 million

*The amount is not final and requires clarification, which is possible only after the examination

House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022
The House of Culture before and after the shelling by the occupiers.
House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022

Description of the establishment

The House of Culture in Irpin was one of the first such institutions in Ukraine after the Second World War — at a time when all of Europe was making titanic efforts to rebuild itself. The local community initiated the construction: people wanted to take care of the cultural development of the city community. Irpen residents have always been proud of this important initiative.

House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022

Destruction

In the first days of Russia's full-scale armed attack on Ukraine in 2022, the city of Irpin became a shield for the Ukrainian capital and survived the horrors of war under Russian occupation. The House of Culture, which for almost 70 years gathered the residents of Irpen around itself, also suffered. The Russian occupiers damaged the facades, interiors and ceilings of the building during the shelling.

House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022

Response to destruction

After the de-occupation, many representatives of the world community visited Irpin as a sign of support and solidarity: presidents, ministers and speakers of foreign countries' parliaments, heads and representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, world-famous artists, including the musicians of the band U2 and the American filmmaker Cary Fukunaga. The House of Culture was not left out. Its shelled sky-blue facade and destroyed walls became important symbols of the music video for the song of the famous English singer Ed Sheeran in collaboration with the Ukrainian band Antitila. And also the outstanding Lithuanian pianist Darius Majintas performed in the open air near the House of Culture in Irpin.

The building, which for decades was the heart of the cultural life of the city and cherished the memory, could itself become a memory.

House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022
House of culture of Irpin. The Russian occupiers damaged 2022. Piano

What will the money be used for?

The amount of UAH 204,800,000 includes the complete restoration of the building — repair of the building's facades, interiors, and ceilings. We will also spend 12,800,000 of these funds on conducting research and design works that will determine the full scope of work necessary for the restoration of the building.

Status

Damaged

Raised

6 156 UAH

from UAH 204,8 million

*The amount is not final and requires clarification, which is possible only after the examination

Contacts

183 Soborna street, Irpin, Kyiv region

News

August 8, 2022

Irpin visited at. Manal Fouani, representative of UNDP in Ukraine

Manal Fouani came to Irpen mentally hardened: she recently saw this footage at a presentation of the destruction of the city. But after experiencing the atmosphere live, the woman was stunned.