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!