Let's retune to the new wave - House of Art Fatra Žilina

Basic information

  • Project Number: CLT01005
  • Project Title: Let's retune to the new wave - House of Art Fatra Žilina
  • Program: Culture
  • Region of the Project Implementation: Žilinský
  • District of the Project Implementation: Žilina
  • Estimated Date of Project Completion: 30.04.2024
  • Project Promoter: State Chamber Orchestra Žilina
  • Website of the project: www.skozilina.sk
  • Status: Active


  • Project Grant Approved: 937 752 €

Information in a nutshell

The Fatra House of Arts was built in 1919 – 1921 as a cinema and theatre building called Grand Bio Univerzum. The building in secession style was built based on design of engineer Székely for relatively long time also due to several changes in plans. It was built by Žilina-based company of Ludvik Kanturek, with a stage and big hall and two galleries. In 1980s, the object was extended for an extension and the original Fatra cinema was reconstructed for the needs of the State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina. In 1988, the hall was equipped with concert organ made by Rieger-Kloss from Krnov. The origin of the orchestra was also made possible by renowned artist Ján Cikker (1911 – 1989), whose bust can be seen in the lobby downstairs. The first ceremonial concert took place on 4 January 1989. One interesting fact is that, one hundred years ago, in 1922, the cinema features the first performance of the first Slovak feature film Jánošik, shot by American-Slovak company TATRA – film corp. from Chicago. The state chamber orchestra very often features top global artists who bring unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts. The Fatra House of Arts also hosts various social and cultural events.

Project description

The aim of the project is to create conditions for improving the use of the Fatra House of Art through the renovation of the facade, windows, and reconstruction of the concert hall - replacement and addition of lighting, stage extension, floor reconstruction, renovation, and addition of seats. The output of the project will also be concerts that will use the potential of the restored monument, new possibilities of projection, of light, and of an extended stage. Concerts will be organized with Norwegian musicians, presenting music mostly by Norwegian authors, with Romani artists, or concerts presenting other cultures. The reconstruction will increase the use of the building for cultural activities promoting cultural heritage through music. The activities will be linked to innovative elements that enrich the experience of visitors, increase their interest in participating in events and increase the number of visitors to the restored monument.