Dusting off the Beatrix Theatre

Dusting off the Beatrix Theatre

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Research into the redevelopment of a cultural icon

This research analyzed the Beatrix Theater in Moengo, located in Surinam. The study analyzed the current state within the historic context of the city. The Beatrix Theater used to be a hotspot for the people in Moengo. The domestic war as well as stopping all industrial activities of bauxite mining led to the downfall of the mining town. Civilians were leaving Moengo, which led to the decay of the Beatrix Theater. The government did not help the small mining town. This research aims to offer children and young people a place where they can develop themselves. Additional workshops, participation moments and interviews have been organized for this purpose. Following a field research study, it quickly became clear that young people need a place where they can develop themselves. By engaging with the young people first, we succeeded in re-engaging the population of the Beatrix Theater.

The analysis of the history and the current state of the Beatrix Theatre, together with the principles of urban commons, have led to a program and management plan for the Theatre. Collaboration and community involvement are pillars upon which management must be built. The management must have a good knowledge of the area, culture and history. Involvement of the local population through transparent management is the key to success. For the next phase of the theatre’s development, the renovation work must be carried out with the help of the community and sponsors. This, whilst organizing low-threshold events remains crucial to increase community involvement. Partnership with other theatres and recruiting permanent volunteers and workers is crucial to create a healthy environment for the theatre.

  • Authors:
    • Ine Driesens

    • Marleen Goethals (Promotor)
    • Thomas Vanoutrive (Promotor)
    • Marciano Dasai (Promotor)
  • Period:
    • 2022 — 2023  

    • Urbanism & Spatial Planning

    • Master thesis

    • Anton De Kom Universiteit van Suriname