When describing Mare Culturale Urbano it’s hard not to tick all the boxes: in fact, this old farmstead is a social space, a coworking area, a music venue and exhibition site – and counting. When talking about culture, education and innovation, Mare is one of the most vibrant spots in Milan.
It may be true that Milan is far from the seaside (mare is the Italian word for sea) but Mare Culturale Urbano is the epitome of how ambitious projects truly can transform our approach to life and ultimately bring about change, for good. This place once was a farmstead on the suburbs of the city; its second life is one where everyone is welcome indeed to share their passion for something, whether it is to rehearse for their band, taking a yoga course or whatever.
On top of being a much-loved music and artistic venue, Mare is a safe space for the elderly (how nice it is to see middle-aged women knit!) and kids too. There’s always something going on in the main yard, that’s also where the much-loved summer open-air cinema nights take place.
Mare is also a restaurant and is run by Cultural association LUDWIG, which takes care of the cultural activities and events. I love Mare Culturale Urbano, because it’s more than a neighborhood spot; rather, it is an oasis in the middle of modern condos. Here’s to a gathering place where people can really get together and nurture their best selves!