The Russian occupiers destroyed the People's House in Bakhmut - a palace of culture that was built in 1957 for a factory "Tsvetmet". It was a kind of visiting card of the city and was located near the Alley of Roses.
In April 2023, a video of the building burning appeared on social networks. In a few weeks there was an explosion. Svoi Dim confirmed the information about the destruction to the journalist Svitlana Boychenko, acting director of BKZK "Bakhmut City People's House".
"Most of the population of the city and the community do the latter believed that Bakhmut would not catch up with the fate of the already destroyed and occupied settlements, from which people looked to us for salvation," says Svitlana.
After the full-scale invasion, the People's House, like other cultural institutions of the city, immediately became a point of humanitarian aid. Here they wove camouflage nets, gave out things and free bread. When shelling was very close or aircraft were flying, the workers hid indoors and hoped that the big native building would protect them.
Later, the team had to evacuate, and in the spring of 2023, the People's House was destroyed.
Before the Great War, more than 4 people attended various clubs at the institution. Dance and vocal groups, a theater studio, and a decorative and applied group worked here of arts, folk choir of veterans of the OKM plant. A total of 40 groups of artistic amateur activities, club formations and amateur associations.
"In 2019-2020, reconstruction, capital and current repairs were carried out, repair of the heating system, water supply, drainage and bathrooms", says Svitlana Boychenko.
This building was opened after the Second World War - in 1957, when the "Tsvetmet" plant was built in Bakhmut (then - Artemivsk).
"At the beginning of the 50s, the construction of the first non-ferrous metal processing plant in Ukraine began. The plant was commissioned in 1954. The new enterprise began to grow with houses, hospitals, kindergartens, and schools. A new district of the city appeared, where there was one of the best recreation areas for the townspeople - the Northern Pond, a prophylaxis and an open sports ground. The center of the district was Metallurgiv Boulevard. It was erected there The plant's culture house," says Svitlana.
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Photo: archive of the People's House team, social networks