Friday was a great day for Donostia-San Sebastián as a city and for Basque culture as a whole. September 11, 2015, was the day Tabakalera, the factory of creation, was open to the public for the first time.

The first steps toward establishing this cultural center where taken in 2001, when the Basque Government, the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, and the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastián signed an agreement to create it.

Terrace of Tabakalera. CC by

During the past fourteen years, there have been many controversies around defining the project, around the people leading it, and even around the reform of the building in which the center is based, an old tobacco factory.

But today all of this seems distant. Because from now on, the public will be able to use this infrastructure as a space to develop their cultural curiosity and as a space to create, too. Those are the two main objectives of Tabakalera: to offer a space for producing contemporary culture and a program of public activities.

If you want to know more about Tabakalera, you can go to its great web space or, you can visit the factory itself in Donostia-San Sebastián.