In 2008, X Alfonso made Sin título, an Italian-produced documentary which was debuted at the Mella Theater in Havana with musicians, theater people, dancers and visual artists brought together by X to interact amongst each other and with the audience. The theme of the documentary was to show artists as human beings, beyond their public images. This vision of working on the same event and with the same purpose with artists from different media was the spark that saw the birth of Fábrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory), a project that was headquartered in the PABEXPO Exhibition Center from mid-2010 and carried on its activities there for almost two years.
For the past two years they have been involved in finding a new physical location for FAC, some place that would truly belong to it and that did not have to depend on others to schedule its artistic calendar. Finally they found the perfect spot in the former El Cocinero, originally the headquarters for Havana’s electricity company, then converted to an olive oil factory on the corner of 11th and 26th streets in Vedado, near the Puente de Hierro (iron bridge).
Doors opened to the public on February 13, 2014 with a big bang. Its first exhibition included works of 33 Cuban artists, such as Nelson Domínguez, Zaida del Río, Ernesto Rancaño, Eduardo Roca (Choco), Esterio Segura and Ernesto Rancaño just to name a few. The inaugural concert by X Alfonso was followed the next day, February 14, by a concert with Silvio Rodriguez. On the 15th, Aldo López-Gavilán, Harold López-Nussa, X Alfonso, Rochy Ameneiro, Polito Ibáñez, Raúl Torres, Frank Delgado, Gerardo Alfonso, Tesis de Menta and Vicente Feliú paid a moving tribute to trovador Santiago Feliú, who had been scheduled to give a concert that day, if his heart hadn’t failed just four days before the opening.
Entrance is CUC 2 or 50 Cuban Pesos. Note that when you enter you are given a card on which your food and drinks are marked on--you pay on the way out. Don’t lose the card, it will cost you CUC 30!