Die Fabrik stellte nicht nur Porzellangeschirr aller Art her, sondern auch keramische Wandverkleidungen, die an und in zahlreichen Gebäuden zu finden sind. Auf dem Firmengelände, das auch Parkanlagen und Fabrikantenvillen umfasst, sind viele Beispiele der Anwendung von keramischen Bauschmucks zu finden.
Auszüge aus der Projektbeschreibung:
A new chapter will open in the history of the Zsolnay Factory, whose name has nearly been identified with the city of Pécs. One of the most prominent investment projects of the European Capital of Culture programme is the establishment of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter with a total ground floor space of some 41 thousand square metres on the premises of the reviving Zsolnay Factory. The factory that is currently in operation on the site will move to the eastern blocks, making room for a cultural and artistic area that will not only be a new patch of colour on the palette of the city but the residents of Pécs will be able to add a novel facility to their wealth that will lure people to relaxation and recreation rich in content. The Zsolnay Cultural Quarter is planned to host some 200 thousand visitors every year with its informative visitor’s centre, car park, cafés, university community spaces and lively cultural life. The project will improve the quality of the park in the Zsolnay Factory that includes decorative, valuable plants, monument sculptures and vases. Together with the building complex on it the entire facility will be broken up into four Quarters by function:
This quarter will include the most impressive buildings richly decorated with building ceramics, which will be home to an exhibition presenting the history of the Zsolnay family and the factory, a secessionist café, a craftsman’s street, living quarters and spaces that serve artistic enterprises.
This quarter will be established by reviving the former pyrogranite plant and its neighbourhood, which will be home to exhibition halls presenting contemporary art, studios, creative workshops, rehearsal rooms and premises for organising various events for young people.
Family and Children’s Quarter
The heart of the quarter will be the Bóbita Puppet Theatre that will move into the Green House (the former DO-ZSO, a cultural centre) and offer new, colourful programmes to children and adults alike in the renewed venue. Furthermore, different arts and crafts activities, a family playground, an open air stage and an interactive exhibition of industrial history quite similar to the „Palace of Wonders“ in Budapest will make the time of visitors eventful and exciting.
The southern section of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter bounded by road No. 6 will be home to the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, creating an ideal location for establishing a centre for training in the arts at a European level. Due to the construction works we expect significant changes in traffic that will strongly affect the neighbourhood of Zsolnay Street. The southern section will have a high capacity car park which will be accessible through a new junction to be built on road No. 6.
The international open design competition was announced by the municipality of Pécs in January 2008. Actual construction work started in July 2009, following previous preparatory works carried out on utilities since autumn 2007.
Weiteres Highlight in der Bergbaustadt ist das 13th European Meeting of Miners, Metallurgists and Foresters vom 27. bis 30. Mai 2010
Organiser: National Association of Mining and Metallurgy.
At the initiative of the 116 year-old National Hungarian Association of Mining and Metallurgy (OMBKE) the 13th European Mining – Metallurgy – Forestry Meeting will be held in Pécs in 2010. The meeting will be attended by some 3,000 thousand miners, metallurgical engineers and technicians as wells as by members of traditionalist organisations (miners’ orchestras). The top event of the meeting will be a spectacular festive parade with the participants marching through the centre of the city in their uniforms and with their own respective flags and orchestras. They will come together in the main square where the leaders of the host country will tie memorial ribbons onto their flags.
During the event the orchestras coming from all over the world will give promenade concerts in the city centre. The series of programmes also includes an ecumenical church service in memory of the deceased miners and metalworkers, the placing wreathes at miners’ memorials, the planting of a memorial tree, the dedicating of a memorial tablet and the organising of an exhibition displaying artefacts characteristic of miners and metalworkers from the region.