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Bratislava's Old Market Hall may be brought back to life

THE CURRENTLY empty Old Market Hall / Stará tržnica on SNP Square in Bratislava may soon house an array of cultural events, markets and services. On November 6, the Aliancia Stará tržnica civic association presented its project to revitalise the building, constructed in 1910 on the site of an older market hall.

The interior of Bratislava's Old Market Hall.(Source: Sme- Oliver Filan)

THE CURRENTLY empty Old Market Hall / Stará tržnica on SNP Square in Bratislava may soon house an array of cultural events, markets and services. On November 6, the Aliancia Stará tržnica civic association presented its project to revitalise the building, constructed in 1910 on the site of an older market hall.

Currently, the market hall is home to only sporadic, usually private events, the TASR newswire wrote. The association intends to create a multifunctional space that would host cultural programmes, concerts, conferences, theatre productions, debates and lectures. There are as many as 530 seats available for audiences. However, the association would also like to revive the tradition of markets, which would be organised on weekends. A market of local farmers and small craftsmen would occur on Saturdays, while Sundays would host a “designer market” with items sold by artists, artisans and collectors, offering anything from CDs to antiques.

Aliancia Stará tržnica also wants to use the building to provide various services that the capital currently lacks: a Slow Food restaurant, a bike rental facility, a charging station for electric-powered cars, a collection point for used oil, a luggage lost-and-found and a public laundry. Five rooms, accessible from the outside, will serve these purposes.

During 2013 and 2014, the market hall would operate on a reduced schedule, with about three to five events per month. This would bring revenue to fund numerous repairs, while freeing up the building for stretches of time so that the repairs can be completed. An association called the KC Dunaj culture hub has been seeking support for the project from numerous embassies and organisations, some of which have already pledged to help, the association’s manager, Gábor Bindics, told TASR.

By 2015, the market hall should operate on a normal schedule, with about 80 markets a year, in addition to 208 cultural events and 24 commercial programmes, apart form regular services.

Deputy Mayor Petra Nagyová-Džerengová maintains that the project deserves a chance, as the city has no other option left for the building. The project should be discussed and approved before the end of this year.

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