Heavy rain flushed us through the streets of Porto till we found a small gallery with an exhibition of an artistic collectiv called (Rua do) Sol (… isn’t it ironic?). This group of eight young artists have had their first combined exhibition this evening. The attic (better call it ‚creative space‘) in the building next door is where they are working together but everybody in their own and special way.
The building itself belongs to an organisation called Circulo Catolico de Operarios do Porto (CCOP) which provides space to a theatre-group, table tennis, cardgame fanatics, young soccer players and a small café/bar as well.
If you visit Porto, be on the lookout for activities of the Sol-collective or pay a visit to the CCOP during daytime. You can get a beer there and maybe some great impressions.
Afterwards we had a good time partying in a Club called Maus Hábitos. It’s just a few steps from (Rua do) Sol.
The special thing about ZAWP (Zorrotzzaure Art Work in Progress) is its
exquisite position in Bilbao. It’s situated on an island, pretty central
to the city and mostly consists out of a run-down and left for good
industrial area of Bilbao. However, the neighbourhood development
project ZAWP keeps the community on this island alive. Haceria was the
name of the original project, founded by a bunch of theatre people 19
years ago. It took place in an old iron factory and still does. The rest
followed in 2008 and today it is a bustling place full of creativity and
progress. The whole area comprises different projects like creation
spaces, a showroom for exhibitions, a theatre, a bar, stages like the
Haceria and a hall with (listen up!!) shipping-containers to work and
live in. But ZAWP doesn’t only offer its service to the Zorrotzzaure
neighbourhood, it also opens its infrastructure to international
projects looking for a working-space. So many good ideas created on this
island pass over but one bridge. Have a look!
UAUU is a very small gallery founded 2014 by a group of local artists. It provides space for exhibitions and cross-cultural events. Behind the show-room, you can find space for workshops and a shy cat enjoying the cozy atmosphere. Being very inconspicuous you can miss it easily. But don’t give up – it’s absolutely worth a visit!
This project is one of the best ideas ever. You can visit a beautiful furnitured place to have a coffee, maybe see a little exhibition or concert, meet some open-minded people…
… but basically you go there to work!
There are different affordable tarifes for different time-periods from up to a day, a week, a month or even a year. What you’ll get is a fitting workingspace from a cosy living room atmosphere to very calm office-like places. You can even use a conference room for business meetings.
After work or in between you can relax by challenging some co-workers to play table-tennis or table-football.
Poligon helps developing business ideas and models on a non-profit basis.
Take a look at the pictures or start a co-working-trip to Ljubljana.
After travelling through Hungary (Tokaj-Theiss lake-Budapest) we arrived in Pécs. The 5th biggest city in the country offers a beautiful city-center and … puh.
To be honest we were not as fortunate as before in finding the real-art-shizzle of our gusto. Nevertheless we discovered some really interesting bars, perspectives and a little exhibition of the history of animation.
Three bars are to be mentioned. The first one is cosily furnitured, but we mainly liked it because of its inspiring name: Cooltour Cafe.
The next one is called Csinos Presszó and offers a colorful beergarden and a club in the basement. The ashtrays are old kitchen kettles. Very fancy!
Last one and our personal favourite was Szabad Kikötö. Wonderful winter garden, stage, bar, café and a relaxing chill-out-area with a huge oven combined with great music and a very friendly staff.
If you don’t want to stay the whole time in bars, why ever, it’s worth to take a look at the free exhibition of the history of animation called Total art.The company behind the exhibition is still worldwide known for its Red Bull commercials. The showroomitself includes old 16mm film projectors, sketches and some basics about animation.
A very special project we found completely by chance is simply calledKlub. It’s an old ruinous residential building managed by an openminded cultural group. A young artist explained us that it’s a Non-Profit-Organisation giving birth to any idea possible as long as it doesn’t put the project itself at stake. She showed us a free Bazar for clothes, a free libary, exhibition rooms, the Košice Version of the Bike Kitchen aka Critical Mass Košice and even space for sports like boxing or dancing. What impressed us most about Klub is, that the whole setting (paintings, graffitis and ideas) makes it a piece of art itself. Take a look at the pictures to get an impression!
We had a great time in Košice and recommend a visit to everybody. Thanks to the host of Hostel above Club Madrid and the Collosseum Bar for the headache in the morning.
Reusing unused space par exellence or our joy of an offspace in the second biggest city in Slovakia!
The Tabacka/Kulturfabrik is an old tobacco factory reopened as a bar in 2009. In May 2015 it reopened again a lot bigger and professionalized. Today it provides a studio, offices, a cinema, rehearsalrooms, a big bar area and small stages as well as big stages. They support the local scene with exhibitions, technical support and Public Relations. We for example listened to a great lecture in the bar of the polish Post-Streetart-Artist Blazej Rusin about the Graffiti Movement from the 70s till today organized by Street Art Commincation (SAC).
Go visit or at least take a look at the photos below! It’s worth it!