Narva Gate, owner of the Kreenholm Manufaktuur (Kreenholm Manufacturing Company) has submitted a request to the cultural affairs committee of the Riigikogu that the Manufaktuur cultural quarter project be included among the state-supported cultural projects.
Within the framework of the project, the second and third floors of the oldest Kreenholm factory, Vana Ketrusvabrik, will be repaired to host cultural events. The ground floor would remain at the disposal of private businesses, Narva Gate said.
Jaanus Mikk, CEO of Narva Gate, said that the realization of the idea of the culture quarter is a concrete and multi-partner undertaking, which is a continuation of the ideas within "Narva - European Capital of Culture 2024" presented a year ago.
Altogether 200,000 to 300,000 visitors per year are expected to visit the 15,000 square meter culture quarter area planned to be established in the Vana Ketrusvabrik factory building.
Tallinn's Telliskivi district and Tartu's Aparaat quarter serve as examples in establishing the quarter.
The Kreenholm Textile Factory was built on the shore of the Narva River in 1856 and was the largest and most modern factory in the Russian Empire at that time.
In 1913 over 10,000 people worked there and the textiles made there were known all over Europe. The factory was closed in 2010.
Editor: Helen Wright