Dance, theater, circus: art in Barcelona’s Creation Factories

Dance, theater, circus: what you can find at the Creation Factories in Barcelona

The new Barcelona Creation Factories project is a novel idea promoted by the Institut de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (ICUB). Its main objective is to reuse old buildings and disused factories to turn them into cultural and artistic venues.

Every day wonderful proposals emerge. Some with virtual reality, others with dance workshops, circus rehearsals, among many other initiatives that are promoting the creativity and talent of artist collectives.

Get to know some of Barcelona’s Creative Factories

La Central del Circ

This cultural center is considered a paradise for circus professionals. It is a spectacular space of 3,000 square meters in which the acrobats rehearse and train. The creation factory was born in a tent in 2008 and by 2011 they were installed on the current site.

If you are interested in this world you can visit their website and there they publish the days when their doors are open so you can learn about the most amazing projects they work on. At La Central del Circ, international companies can rehearse in its facilities for six months. This is a new and innovative program they offer.

Address in Barcelona: Moll de la Vela, 2, 08930 Sant Adrià del Besós


When you see it, it looks like a common theater room, but it is not. It is a creative center where artists’ collectives present children’s shows, contemporary theater for adults and puppet shows. Its artistic director Ferran Murillo says that due to the 2012 crisis the hall reinvented itself and became one of Barcelona’s Creation Factories.

Its flagship program is “El Cicló”, through which five companies of artists receive accompaniment, rehearsal and exhibition space for three years. Among the groups, La Pulpe Teatro has stood out with its play “Negrata de merda”. The theater has two exhibition halls: one in the mezzanine for less capacity and a larger one in the lower part.

Address: Carrer de les Flors, 22, 08001 Barcelona

La Escocesa

This art center located at Carrer de Pere IV, 345, 08020 is a great example of the recovery of the Fábricas de Creación project in Barcelona. In fact, in 1990 the building where Escocesa operates today was a former industrial complex where chemicals for the textile industry were manufactured. It has now become a creative center specializing in visual arts and analog technology.

More than 20 artists work there, recovering artisanal techniques by reusing materials and some obsolete technologies. La Escocesa seeks to bring together individual talents to develop and consolidate them and to unleash creativity.

The Creation Factories of Barcelona are unique spaces in the city. Come and meet them and enjoy art and culture.