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Labor City of Culture

Labor City of Culture

The largest building in Spain

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Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture
  • Labor City of Culture

The largest building in Spain

The Labor University of Gijón, a name it received in the XNUMXth century, was built during the Franco regime. At that time mining activity in Asturias was one of the pillars of the local economy. Its construction in Gijón had the objective of guaranteeing better educational opportunities for the children of miners.These kids entered "this labor college" when they were teenagers.

With the arrival of democracy (1978) and the new educational plans, the Labor University stopped making much sense and ended up being deactivated. It was thought about its demolition, but it has survived to this day.



Latitude: 43.5243378 Length: -5.6145177
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Located on the outskirts of the city of Gijón It is a monumental building, measuring 270.000 square meters and these dimensions make it even larger than the El Escorial Monastery. For this reason it holds the title of largest building in Spain.

Today it houses the radio and television headquarters of the Principality of Asturias (RTPA), a large theater, the Higher School of Dramatic Arts, the Professional Conservatory of Music and Dance of Gijón, and the “Jovellanos” Faculty of Commerce, Tourism and Social Sciences.

This privileged space in the city has become the venue for the most notable events that come to Gijón: concerts and musicals, plays, professional meetings or advanced training courses. Thanks to this equipment, Gijón can offer one of the greatest cultural and educational offerings in the entire Cantabrian Sea.

Laboral Cinemateca is a multifaceted and open space of Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura dedicated exclusively to cinema.

  • Programming of screenings, educational activities, seminars and conferences in order to train in cinematographic art and disseminate it with criteria of cultural strategy at the service of the entire Asturian society.
  • Support for the creation of films and short films made in Asturias as well as their dissemination and promotion in markets and festivals.

WALKING CINEMATECA

The Traveling Cinematheque brings cinema to medium and small Asturian councils, especially in the east and west: Vegadeo, Cabrales, Cangas del Narcea, Cangas de Onís, Castrillón, Colunga, Gozón, Lena, Nava, Navia, Noreña, Piloña, Ribadedeva, Ribadesella, Tineo, Valdés ... The cinematographic programming offered by Laboral Cinemateca and La Cinemateca Ambulante is coordinated by the Gijón International Film Festival.

Labor LET'S GO!

The program Vamos! bets on fostering interest and the sensitivity of children and young people towards the performing arts.

Theater, music or dance, together with a complete program of workshops, they awaken the creativity and imagination of the new generations and make Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura a meeting point and enjoyment for the whole family's leisure time.


Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com Copyright Ramón Molleda