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The oldest puppet theatre in Poland to regain its former glory

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The oldest puppet theatre in Poland to regain its former glory
The oldest puppet theatre in Poland to regain its former glory

An agreement for the revitalisation and modernisation of the Baj Theatre and a pre-school located in Warsaw's Praga was signed on 24 February. The City has allotted PLN 25 million for the purpose. The investment is being carried out within the Integrated Revitalisation Programme.

“We are revitalising Praga, and the Baj Theatre is one of the most valuable monuments in this part of Warsaw. The oldest puppet theatre in Poland for children will become a modern place, not losing anything of its historic properties,” said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
The project is going to be completed in 24 months, and its cost will amount to PLN 25 million. The construction works are due to be completed in February 2019.

The new look of the Baj Theatre
The Warsaw division of the Polish Architects Association held public consultations at the request of the Baj Theatre and developed guidelines for the modernisation and redevelopment concept for the facility. All the comments were included in the public procurement and design documentation. Due to the revitalisation of the historic building previously housing the Michał Bergson Educational Establishment of the Jewish Community of Warsaw at 28 Jagiellońska St., the Baj Theatre and the pre-school will gain modernised space. All the fittings and infrastructure in the building will be subject to comprehensive redevelopment, together with the replacement of the stage technology and equipment. The building will be adjusted to the needs of people with disabilities, by the building of wheelchair ramps and accessible sanitary units.

The building will also house a pre-school located in a part of the building overlooking the courtyard, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the main body of the building. The revitalisation will also cover the surrounding area, as new trees and bushes will be planted.

Another monument in Praga to be preserved
The building and the surrounding area were entered in the register of monuments in May 2010. In October 2010, it was covered by protection, thanks to the establishment of the local land development plan for Praga Centrum.

We are implementing a revitalisation programme
The area situated on the right side of the Vistula River has been undergoing transformation for ten years. The Warsaw Praga Museum, the modernised Powszechny and Rampa Theatres, the National Stadium, transport nodes, and, most of all, the 2nd underground line, have triggered changes in this part of the city.