Deep in the bowels of the Raval, down an ancient narrow street, lies an innocuous storefront with a glass door and potted plants laid outside. ‘Freedonia’, exclaims the audacious crimson and gold lettering above the door.
Curious to discover what is this mysterious place? Step inside, and a few of your questions are sure to be answered.
A bearded man with a plethora of tattoos smiles up from a low chair perched behind a wooden desk. His first question: are you are a member? If you have never been to Freedonia before, your answer will be “no”, which doesn’t actually represent a problem. Yearly memberships cost only 2€, which are used to keep the venue running.
Music and Culture
Freedonia is an important cultural space located on Calle Lleialtat. Despite its unassuming exterior, the inside of the venue is full of character. A full bar with reasonably priced drinks and a collection of cozy chairs invite visitors to lounge and chat. Venture down another corridor and you will find an ample, minimalist space where the majority of the concerts are held.
Freedonia has a habit of programming gigs and showcasing music from some of the best new bands in Barcelona. Many up-and-coming indie bands such as the electronic quartet Servicio Bar and the English Small Signs play there regularly.
Freedonia also hosts an open Mic/jam sessions every Thursday at 9 p.m., open to anyone who wants to participate. The venue is constantly programming new events, which can be found on their Facebook page.
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An Artist’s Haven
In addition to gigs, Freedonia plays host to a wide range of artistic and culture events featuring the work of local and foreign artists. One of the most interesting events the venue has held was a special session that combined the Spanish premiere of the alternative feature film “SQUATTERPUNK” , and a live performance from the creator, Khavn de la Cruz.
The venue also hosts a large variety of artistic workshops and talks, such as improv theater and tango dancing.