The methodological centre of the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute (MaNDA) could open next October in the northern town of Ózd, housed in the building of a former fower plant which was derelict from the mid-Nineties. The investment, totalling HUF 2.5 billion, will create fifty public-sector jobs, primarily for higher education graduates, in a town ravaged by high unemployment.
The building of the centre, which will host a digital exhibition hall and an educational and methodological hub, is to be constructed from HUF 1.6 billion in EU funds and HUF 300 million in support from the Hungarian government. The centre’s time capsule was placed in position by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in February and an event marking the beginning of the construction project was held in Ózd on Wednesday.
The centre, to be built in the town’s industrial quarter, will focus on digital culture, with its first large-scale exhibition, entitled ‘Digital Carpathian Basin’, displaying the region’s cultural history with digital technology, colour lighting and material from its archives. The mobile, interactive exhibition will also attempt to give an insight into cultural changes brought on by digital technology. The centre has also handed in an EU tender for the redevelopment of the engine-room opposite the building of the power plant, which still awaits the conclusion of a support contract. If plans go ahead, the former industrial facility would host a theme park on movie history where visitors could become acquainted with the practicalities of filming, such as shooting their own film scene. The town of Ózd has expressed its plans of establishing an open-air metallurgy museum in the industrial area, which could become the educational and cultural quarter of the town, the second largest in Hungary’s northern Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.