International Center for Culture and Arts (October Palace)

The building of the Institute of Noble Maidens (a 19th-early 20th century women’s educational institution for girls in Kyiv) was designed by the architect Vikentiy Beretti (the red building of Shevchenko University was also built according to his design). The first brick was laid in the foundation of the building in 1838; construction of the palace lasted 4 years. The institute was built on the site of the former estate of Major General Begichev, who was considered a mystic and freemason. Already in those days this place was notorious.

After the October Revolution of 1917, the building was nationalized and the Institute of Noble Maidens was abolished. Until 1934, various government agencies were located here, after which it was completely transferred to the NKVD. During the Great Patriotic War, the building was significantly damaged. Its restoration became a common cause. Together with thousands of ordinary workers, students and people of various professions, one could see here cultural and artistic figures Maxim Rylsky, Vladimir Sosyura, Andrei Malyshko, Lev Revutsky, Avmrosiy Buchma, Natalia Uzhviy, Gnat Yura and others. On December 24, 1957, the Oktyabrsky Palace of Culture was opened to visitors.

Currently, the October Palace houses an international center for culture and arts. The first steps into great art at the Oktyabrsky Palace of Culture Center, and later at the International Center for Culture and Arts, were taken by Dmitry Gnatyuk, Anatoly Solovyanenko, Bela Rudenko, Anatoly Mokrenko, Yuri Gulyaev, Diana Petrinenko, Stepan Turchak and many others.

The international center of culture and arts hosts folk art festivals, traditional competitions and festivals; professional and amateur theater and concert groups from Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries have performed on its stage. Amateur groups of the center – folk folk dance ensemble “Gorlitsa”, folk orchestra of folk instruments, pop-jazz orchestra “Music Laboratory”, folk vocal studio, opera studio, folk classical ballet ensemble “Prosvet”, children’s exemplary groups “Viterets” and “Spivanochka” » are known not only in Ukraine, but also beyond its borders.
The International Center for Culture and Arts has a library with 70,000 copies of printed publications, which hosts meetings with writers, composers, diplomats, government and public figures, and people’s deputies.

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