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Association

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

The public hall Hraničář is an open platform which supports and connects contemporary art and culture with everyday life in a dynamically developing society.

Hraničář is the place for creative people who need to reflect the changes in both the community and the overall society via artistic expression and thus being able to use their enthusiasm to enrich the public space by innovative and creative ideas and venues. We see the contemporary art and culture as more than just life enrichment and leisure time activity, but we mainly see it as a tool for creativity and personal development, finding out new opportunities for communication within the contemporary society.

The various culture happenings and venues on the premises of the building are based on a profile of regularly scheduled events which regular visitors can rely on, as well as on the quality of our selection of a variety of events for cultural enrichment. The main goal is also to attract the attention of the public to Ústí nad Labem even outside the region. The artistic platform Hraničář is not afraid to initiate an open discussion about current critical issues, which are regarded as controversial and acute by the public. However, we declare our artistic space to be apolitical and secular.

Association boards

Board of directors

MgA. Richard Loskot – association chairman
Ing. arch. Tomáš Petermann – vice-chairman
MgA. Aleš Loziak
Karel Karika
MgA. Tomáš Lumpe

Director

MgA. Aleš Loziak

Board of supervisors

Ondřej Suchý – chairman
Aleš Bárta
Karolína Žákovská

Association articles (CZ)

→ Stanovy spolku [PDF]

Establishing documents and registration (CZ):
→ Veřejný rejstřík a Sbírka listin

THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

The public hall Hraničář was built according to the original blueprints of Robert Beutel in 1923 in the city center of Ústí nad Labem as a social gathering place for the German social democratic party. During the 1930s Hraničář belonged to the top most important cinemas in the Czech Republic. At the beginning of the 1960s, the building has been reconstructed to serve mainly as a film theatre and thus the name Cinema Hraničář was established. Mosaic painted by Ladislav Lapáček serves as a reminder of the 1960s. The film theatre functioned until 2010 when the owner of the building decided to close it. It took more than four years for the building to find a regular use for the public.

In 2014, a group of young enthusiasts with connections to the local Jan Evangelista Purkyně University were trying to reopen this culture shrine and decided to collaborate with the local art theatre „Činoherní studio“ (which was at the time continuously under the local government pressure) to revitalize the Hraničář theatre building, which was supposed to become the new safe haven for the art theatre actors and also serve as a place for different cultural events.

Citizens of Ústí nad Labem and other cites as well, however, showed wonderful initiative and solidarity and thus with the collective help of volunteers, people were interested in Činnoherní studio and in reopening of the old film theatre building. Later Činoherní studio succeeded in keeping their original space which is located near the Střekov riverside and thus the story of the new Hraničář building begun.