House of culture of Irpin
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.
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.
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.
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.