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Culture and architecture in La Laboral

  • La Laboral, City of Culture © Turespaña

    La Laboral, City of Culture © Turespaña

  • Old Laboral University © Turespaña

    Old Laboral University © Turespaña

  • La Laboral, City of Culture © Turespaña

    La Laboral, City of Culture © Turespaña

  
  


"Gijón, in the Region of Asturias, is home to a cultural centre that is stunning for its modernity and investment in innovation. ..."

Gijón, in the Region of Asturias, is home to a cultural centre that is stunning for its modernity and investment in innovation. This is the Laboral Culture Centre, a complex that was built in 1948 and which has been reinvented to promote artistic and industrial creation. Come and discover it, and explore a 21st-century cultural centre built according to the ideals of classicist architecture.

A space for art

The Laboral Theatre has capacity for 2,000 people and boasts the latest, large-scale technology, such as virtual sound and a stage area suitable for the most ambitions representations.

Business centre

The Laboral is also an ideal setting for business meetings and congresses. Both the Paraninfo Auditorium and the Theatre are suitable for such events. The Theatre's Painting Room is especially charming. It has capacity for more than 300 people and a huge mural in fresco. There is also a Café with direct access to the Paraninfo area. It has a large room reserved for cocktail receptions and lunches.

Its geographical location, barely 40 kilometres from Asturias airport, and the excellent bus services operating to centre of Gijón are additional advantages for the Laboral as a business centre.

Architectural delights

The majesty and size of its buildings will not leave you indifferent. The Centre is set around a large square with views of some of the complex's most emblematic places: the Theatre, the Tower and the Church.

The Tower is 130 metres tall, and means the Laboral can be seen from afar. It has a viewpoint with access by lift, offering stunning views of the site itself and of Gijón, flanked by the sea and the surrounding mountains.

Constant reinvention

The Laboral Culture Centre was inaugurated in 2007, but it is being constantly reinvented. Besides the Theatre, the Paraninfo Auditorium, the Art and Cultural Creation Centre or the Tower, here you will also find the Upper School of Dramatic Art, the Asturias Region Broadcasting Company, a library, and several faculties of Oviedo University. Nevertheless, work goes on and its historical gardens are currently being restored, and a five-star hotel is under construction. In this way, the Laboral consolidates itself as northern Spain's only centre bringing together modernity, business and culture in the same complex.

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