CSO Rivolta is an autonomous space well known in the Venetian mainland. It is located in an industrial area called Marghera and as a matter of fact the space was originally a confectionery factory. When CSO Rivolta was born it was a space occupied by local antagonists and protest youth groups, but over 25 years it has turned into an open area run independently by associations to organize concerts and events.
Personally I find it a special place because it represents a hidden side on the mainland of Venice, its urban and underground soul. Often on Fridays and Saturdays, concerts spanning from electronic music to indie rock, reggae and hardcore are organised at CSO Rivolta, and the concert program is always being updated.
The area where CSO Rivolta is located is huge and can contain both large concerts for thousands of people and small events in smaller rooms, all accompanied by cocktails or snack bars. During the day the area is often used for the associations’ activities, which include social projects with disadvantaged groups such as migrants and the homeless, flea markets, conferences, dinners for fundraising, etc.