The FAC phenomenon in Havana
Havana is full of art; a city where you can find a guy playing guitar anywhere or people dancing on the streets, even without music. Dance, music, theatre, photography, visual art, sculpture, fashion...if you want to discover real local talent, then you must stop at Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory), where “La Habana moves”. It is more than just a place to have a drink and dance the whole night. It’s a premier cultural institution, hosting art installations, film festivals and theatre performances.
Located in 26 and 11 Street, Vedado, the building housed the former Electric Company of Cuba in early 1900’s. Later, it was the property of Peanut Oil “El Cocinero” Factory for more than 30 years. Today it is property of the Ministry of Culture, who gave the landmark’s management to one of the most recognised Cuban musician of all times: X Alfonso. FAC is an artistic project boosted by the essential need of supporting artistic works within the island taking care of every artistic expression: music, movies, dance, theatre, painting, literature, photography, fashion, graphic design and architecture.
This factory of art is located at “El Fanguito” town, considered a rough community to grow up and live. It’ll help the community to get closer to their artists, creating a strong connection between the people and the Cuban artistic movement. Before FAC’s creation there wasn’t any place or project like this in the country; not with the high level of social conscience, quality and artistic acceptance that it has reached so far. Today, it is the main axis of Havana’s artistic life. More than a bar to hang out with friends or a gallery to enjoy top quality art designs, this exotic building is a holy place to enjoy Havana’s truly spirit.
FAC has three big spaces with different functions and a total capacity of 650 people. It has a big auditorium for live concerts and performances, another for theatre and dancing plays and a third one for galleries and expositions; plus six exhibit spaces dedicated to photography, architecture and visual arts. In every room, you’ll find a bar with a wide range of incredible well prepared cocktails and several spirits, as well as some really nice “tapas” dishes to taste during your stay.
FAC hosted the biggest festivals in Havana in the last couple of years (it’s being opened since December 2013) and recently it’s been visited by top worldwide recognised artists as Katty Perry and the iconic Mick Jagger.
FAC for Cuban young people
FAC is without doubt the most incredibly diverse, fun and cool place to go out with friends in Havana. Fabrica isn’t exactly a hidden underground spot, if you don’t get there before 10 p.m. you’ll be trapped on a long queue to get in. You would find people of every age, from 18 years to…perhaps 60’s? This place is heavenly, eclectic and enjoyable. Even it’s very affordable, the average cocktail is 2 CUC (£1.50) and they are really good drinks. FAC is the first place that I recommend to any visitor on a night out in the warm streets of Havana! To see more details you can go to their website: http://www.fac.cu/