#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In October, potential managers of the social and cultural center Tower completed their training, presented their final project work and began preparing for the stage of personal interviews with the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA).
As of today, the Tower team has almost formed, it includes seven people. These are not only Norilsk residents, but also specialists from other cities of the country who are ready to move to the North. Yulia Vaks and Sofya Sol, the new public space curators, are among them.
Yulia Vaks is a research fellow at the State Historical Museum (Moscow). As she studied the history of Norilsk and sociocultural projects, she developed a deep professional interest:
“I was struck by the strength of this place: the concentration of historical memory and modern life of the city, aspirations for the future”. For me, the Tower is a space where creative entrepreneurs, managers and enthusiasts will work together on city development projects. The result will be positive changes in the quality of Norilsk residents’ life, the ecology of the territory, and the level of hospitality. And this is not the entire list”.
Sofya Sol from Yekaterinburg also joined the pool of the new space leaders. She has long been involved in producing and managing various sociocultural and creative projects. Her acquaintance with Norilsk began in 2019, when Sophia was invited to the NDA to speak on the topic of urban spaces humanizing.
“I was amazed at how warm and active the people live in this snowy valley. I fell in love with this special atmosphere and, when a competition for the Tower managers was announced, I immediately submitted my candidacy. The decision to move was not easy, but I am energized by the prospect of doing a cool project in the Arctic”, notes the future manager.
In the near future, managers will begin work on filling the new space, documenting and legalizing and preparing the social and cultural center for opening.
Let us remind you that about 20 spaces will be located on the floors of the new center: a coworking area, a lecture hall, a cafe, a place for special and official events, space for exhibitions and recreation, a meeting room, a children’s play area and even a winter garden.
Previously, we also reported that the tourists flow to Norilsk has tripled over the past three years.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko