Ever heard of La Fábrica de Arte Cubano?
The newest and currently very popular cultural destination in Havana is La Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). Founded by the Afro-Cuban musician X-Alfonso, the FAC is the perfect place for foreign tourists to get a taste of the Cuban art scene, as it includes live music, art expositions, fashion shows, and more. The cooking-oil factory turned cosmopolitan center houses a young and edgy side of Cuba. The FAC helps to facilitate the expression of art in the controlled society that is Cuba. Its classification as a “community project” allows the factory to reside on government property while also maintaining a degree of independence in the form of artistic expression. This level of independent functioning has not been free of criticism though. Since its opening in 2014, the media has expressed concern for it appearing as too much of a capitalistic machine, and for often pushing political boundaries through art.
Despite this criticism though, it remains one of the hippest places in Cuba. The FAC’s ability to simultaneously support a space for high-end art, while also giving the city’s young people a place to congregate, makes it truly a unique and remarkable place.