“La Tabacalera de Lavapiés” is a cultural space. Part of the building (30.000 square meters) is owned by the government and the rest (9.200 square meters) is a self-managed social centre. It was a tobacco factory years ago and in 2009 was left empty after the privatization of the company. Today, beside the “indignados” movement and 15-M it’s a social centre of debate, assemblies, photo exhibitions and talks. I saw a collection of pictures about natural disasters and the human effects on the planet here. It was very touching.
The idea of this place is the exploration of public management in terms of participatory democracy, promoting cultural practices of low cost and free culture. Everyone is free to come here and show his work or ideas.
Many activities take place here. From theatre, music performances, painting, conferences, neighborhood collective actions to urban farming outside… It is located in the exciting Lavapiés. The old Jewish currently Indian-Bangla-African (and more nationalities) area. Lavapiés is suffering gentrification from recent years until now and Tabacalera fights to maintain the culture and people among the central axis of the city.
At Embajadores 53 is the self-managed centre and number 51 the one from Ministry of Culture…Check this link for more info.