Make art not war, Fábrica Braço from Lisbon

A for­mer weapons fac­tory, now a fac­tory of art and music events. Where ? In Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal.

Fábrica Braço de Prata, a suc­cess of turn­ing war into art.  It is one of the most impor­tant cul­tural hubs of the cap­i­tal of Por­tu­gal. It is a 20 min­utes train ride from Lis­bon sta­tion Sete Rios. The train ticket costs 3,80 euro both ways. Here it is on the map:

What makes this place really inter­est­ing is its his­tory. It was pre­vi­ously a fac­tory for test­ing weapons, under the Por­tuguese Min­istry of War.


Now it has been trans­formed into a cul­tural nest, one of the most impor­tant and non­con­ven­tional of Lis­bon. It hosts all kinds of con­certs, jazz, rock, funk and expo­si­tions. Dance and gui­tar classes are to be seen  every day here. Fab­rica con­tains a the­ater hall, a cin­ema, one library, small bou­tiques, a restau­rant-bar and one big open ter­race.

Its walls are cov­ered in graf­fiti or carv­ings at impres­sive scales, invad­ing you with col­ors and vibra­tions.

Fábrica Braço de Prata is one of the most accel­er­ated pro­mot­ers of new arrival artists. Per­form­ing here is free of tax.  A ticket to a con­cert costs between 3–5 euros. It’s the small­est value I have ever paid for a live con­cert which gave me an expe­ri­ence money can nei­ther buy nor repay.

The Expe­ri­ence of being there

As you would expect, this place is a bee­hive of peo­ple, each day of the week, espe­cially in the evening hours. How could it not be?

When you come in, a warm dif­fuse light and the chill piano music play­ing some­where in the back­ground tells you this place is at peace. And invites you to find yours. The first two things you see when you enter the Fábrica Braço,on the left is the con­cert room and the restau­rant bar, to the right. So music and din­ner or music and a drink is the per­fect way to get into the mood that the Fábrica Braço is so famous for.

Wish­ing you an excit­ing Fábrica Braço de Prata time!

your trav­eler.

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