Barcelona is not only a city for discovering great artists and musicians but also creating and performing your own work. There are several places to participate in a range of activities, but there’s no need to spend a fortune.
The following are just a few venues that offer innovative and comprehensive activities for the entire community at little or no cost. These are separate from the civic centres that exist in every barrio, that also offer plenty of courses (creative, sport and leisure, cooking, etc), spaces for hire, free concerts, exhibitions, films and other community events.
Apart from Fabra i Coats, and Popular Nou Barris 9, there are some other notable specialist factories in Barcelona that add to the city’s reputation as an innovative and unique place for artists.
The Ateneu is a hub for 3D printing and creating projects from the community with the intent of ensuring skills and projects are shared at no cost. With 2-3 small 3D printers and one for larger and more complicated projects, the Ateneu is a unique space created from old shipping containers and will soon be merged with the Les Corts library. Projects have included the creation of skateboards, furniture, prosthetics, and toys. All projects are free – the only caveat being that you have to pass on your skills and knowledge in some shape or form, whether it be by working with someone else who wants to know how you made your project, doing a presentation to the community, or video recording the process for future users.
This space offers courses in theater, clown arts, circus skills and acrobatics, dancing, photography, singing and other artistic pursuits. Additionally, it shows several plays, cabaret, comedy and other live performances at low cost. Art residencies are also on offer and there’s a cafe on site for those who need a caffeine boost to encourage their creative juices to flow.
Located near Fontana metro in Gracia, the centre offers a range of activities for kids, teenagers and adults up to the age of 30. From graffiti workshops, poetry slams, band competitions and movie sing-alongs, the space is great for not just kids to get in touch with their creative side, but also for parents to take a break but know their kids are developing skills and making new friends in a safe environment. Additionally, the centre offers
Additionally, the centre offers studio space for musicians and performers, and homework areas when libraries are too full or it’s just not possible to study at home.