We renovate the industrial grounds of the former ČKD factory on Kolbenova Street in Prague, and we turn it into a new point on Prague’s cultural map. We create a new space for art ensembles rehearsals and culture events from a former distribution center.
Author: Collegium 1704
Originally, we were looking for a place to rehearse the European production of Vivaldi’s opera Arsilda, until we came upon Kolbenka, now called Collbenka 1704.
At the end of last year, Collbenka – a former distribution center for the ČKD manufacturing plants – was still full of tools and objects that had long been unused and abandoned.
But already back then, we could see its potential!
In January of 2017 we started putting the place in order at warp speed. We cleaned up, painted, put down new floors, and decided we want to open up the facility to other music groups, dance troupes, and theatrical ensembles for rehearsals and for holding cultural events.
Following the examples seen in Holešovice and Karlín, we want to take part in the revitalization of another forgotten industrial zone in Prague and make Collbenka open to the public, and this requires additional structural alterations and technical equipment needed for rehearsals and routine operations. We need for example:
Your support is now essential to achieve our common goal – opening up Collbenka to the world!
We are the Prague baroque orchestra Collegium 1704, founded by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. During its 11 years of existence, Collegium 1704 has climbed to the very top of its field, and it gives concerts all around Europe and overseas.
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