Are you looking for a new cute bar, a place to check out fresh artwork of up-and-coming artists, and/or a venue to see local musicians and poets? If so, look no further than Raval’s own Moraima– a charming cultural center dedicated to the support and proliferation of local art.
Helmed by Mónica Parejo, Moraima occupies one relatively small, open room that feels at once like someone’s home and a warehouse. She opened it in 2014 and, being the Wonder Woman that she is, runs the entire place by herself and even tends the bar during events.
Moraima features predominantly artists who are showcasing their pieces in public for the first time. This allows for a wonderful opportunity not only for the artists to put themselves out there but also for the community to view up-and-coming talent. A variety of types of art are displayed on the walls, from photography to sketches to paintings. In addition to these unique works, Moraima also sells cute trinkets made by the various artists that have passed through the space.
Moreover, whichever artist has his or her work on display in the gallery often times hosts workshops related to their particular methodology, allowing for an even deeper connection to the community and more support for art within it.
Music & Other Events
Not just an art gallery, Moraima also regularly hosts events related to music and other types of art. For example, each Tuesday there is an open mic night in which anyone can sign up to perform music, poetry, or comedy. Furthermore, every Thursday they hold a Balkan jam session hosted by Basarab, a quartet of Balkan fusion music. This weekly meeting of musicians that is open to all allows people from a variety of backgrounds to come together and create improvisational magic each week. In addition to music, Moraima puts on dance, theater, poetry, and cinematic events as well.
Mónica’s vision for these events is not only to provide a service to the public but also to help the musicians and artists themselves; she likes that these events act as a meeting point for the artists who can perhaps collaborate with each other in the future.
Moraima is located in Raval at Carrer de la Verge, 1, metro Universitat (Red or Purple line). For more information and to stay updated on events, check out their Facebook page. It is truly a gem not to be missed!