Culture in Madrid – 7 Essential Plans

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Culture in Madrid is everywhere. Most neighborhoods in Madrid offer cultural plans all year round. If you like music, art, theater…. Madrid is your city. Do not miss in this guide 7 essential plans.

1️⃣ Culture in Madrid – Matadero

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The Slaughterhouse and Municipal Livestock Market of Madrid, also known for its primary use during its period of operation and its location as Municipal Slaughterhouse of Legazpi or Municipal Slaughterhouse of Arganzuela, was a set of forty-eight buildings dedicated to perform functions of industrial slaughterhouse and livestock market in the city of Madrid during the middle decades of the twentieth century. It is currently a Contemporary Art Center and Cultural Space.

Some of the facilities you can visit are:

  • Theaters
  • Cinemas
  • Libraries
  • Modern Art Exhibitions

In addition during the summer many activities are organized. Visit their website for more information.

2️⃣ See a Musical on the Gran Vía

The Gran Via in Madrid, has become another place par excellence of culture in Madrid. If you like musicals you have to visit it and enjoy one of them. You can see more information here.

3️⃣ Culture in Madrid – Teatros del Canal

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The Teatros del Canal is a performing arts center opened in 2009 and located in the central Madrid district of Chamberí.

4️⃣ Equis Hall

The Sala Equis is one of the most unique places of culture in Madrid. Former cinema for adults, has been converted into a multicultural space where you can enjoy both live music and cinema. You can see all the programming and check more info on their website or on their Facebook.

5️⃣ Culture in Madrid – Art Museums

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Museo del Prado

Whether you are visiting or living in Madrid you can not miss a walk along the Paseo del Prado and visit the three main museums of culture in Madrid. If there is a tour in the agenda of the ‘cultureta’ that you can not miss, it is the Art Triangle of Madrid, formed by the 3 most important museums of the capital: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

6️⃣ Clamores Hall

Located in the most traditional Madrid (on the border between Malasaña and Chamberí) and with 35 years of history, which just celebrates during the month of July with an impressive program, Clamores is one of the most emblematic halls of the capital.

Until recently, it was known mainly for its concerts, after its recent change of hands less than a year ago, the club has been reformed updating its image, and, in addition to the already known programming of live performances of national and international 1st level, they bring novelties such as quality cocktails served in its large bar or in its comfortable seating areas and, in addition, you can not miss their DJ sessions where the “black rhythms” (R’n’B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop. ..) are the protagonists in its spacious dance floor until 6 am.

7️⃣ Culture in Madrid – Teatro Español

Located in the Plaza de Santa Ana, the Teatro Español is one of the main theaters of the city of Madrid, and scenic reference worldwide that offers some of the best national and international productions of the moment.

It is also one of the oldest theaters in the world, since in the corral of comedies that occupied the same lot, where today the Main Hall of the theater is located, performances were already taking place in the mid-sixteenth century.

It was here that the later great classics of Spanish literature premiered their plays. Witness to the history of Madrid, the Teatro Español is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city.

Currently, its facilities in the Plaza Santa Ana house two theaters: the Main Hall, with a capacity of 740 seats, and the Margarita Xirgu Hall with 107 seats. It also has two rehearsal rooms, one on the second floor and the other on the fourth floor, and has several halls of different styles and periods such as the Tea Room, the Tirso de Molina or the D’Odorico Room. In addition, the Teatro Español has the Naves del Español in Matadero which has four spaces: Sala Max Aub-Nave 10, Sala Fernando Arrabal A-Nave 11, Sala Fernando Arrabal B- Nave 11 and Café Naves del Español- Nave 12.

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