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A Guide to Gibraltar’s Best Art and Culture Venues
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A Guide to Gibraltar’s Best Art and Culture Venues

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Gibraltar is rapidly expanding its cultural horizons, organising international events in unique and even whimsical locations. From convents to caves, Gibraltar has the potential to become a key cultural hub of Southern Europe due to its unique venues – here are some of our favorites.
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Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery

Situated in Casemates Square, in the heart of historical Gibraltar, this gallery is the most important exhibition space of the area. Established in 2011 and named after the acclaimed Gibraltarian painter Gustavo Bacarisas, the gallery – previously known as Fine Arts – hosted the world-famous Beatles Memorabilia Julian Lennon exhibition. The gallery regularly organises exhibitions by local and international artists such as Humberto Aguilera, Amaparo Cruz Herrera, Christian Hook and Maiju Tiri. Impossible to miss, the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery is a great way to get acquainted with Gibraltarian art.

Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, Casematas Square, Gibraltar, UK, +350 200 417 00

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Garrison Library

A historic building par excellence, the Garrison Library is also a cultural space and point of reference for the small community of Gibraltar, hosting events such as the International Literary Festival. Its story is strongly connected to people’s love for books and, more precisely, to the figure of Colonel John Drinkwater, a military, but also the author of A History of the Late Siege of Gibraltar. The book tells the story of a siege that took place between 1779 and 1783 when the colonel realised that a solid library is necessary to maintain the moral of his garrison. The library was officially hosted at the convent before moving to its present location in 1804. From 2011, it was opened to the general public and today it houses 45,000 books.

Garrison Library, Library Ramp 2, Gibraltar, UK, +350 200 774 18

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Alameda Open Air Theatre

Gibraltar takes full advantage of its warm climate and moves theatrical performances into the open air, more precisely into its beautiful botanical garden Alameda. Dating back to 1816, the garden offers a space of fusion between culture and nature, inviting its guests to enjoy an experience for all the senses. Boasting a tranquil location, including a pond covered with exotic water lilies, the open-air Theatre of Alameda is home to the annual Gibraltar Fringe Festival, which takes place in late spring. During the four-day event, music performances, film screenings, dance, comedy and drama attract thousands of visitors to the beautiful Alameda.

Alameda Open Air Theatre, Red Sands Road, Gibraltar, UK, +350 200 412 35

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The Convent

The Convent is one of the major cultural and historical landmarks of Gibraltar. More recently, the monument has hosted events such as the International Literary Festival and the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II when several plays and the Festival of Young Musicians took place in its impressive ballroom. The official residence of Gibraltar’s Governor since 1728, the Convent dates back to the early 16th century when it was the home of Franciscan friars. The monument has a ballroom, a banquet hall, dinning and drawing rooms, plus beautiful gardens with ancient trees.

The Convent, Main Street, Gibraltar, UK

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Sacarello’s Coffee Shop

Sacarello’s is not only one of the top cultural restaurants of Gibraltar, but also a great space for those wanting to explore a significant collection of international art while enjoying the restaurant’s famous coffee. Owned by the Sacarello family that traces its Gibraltar roots to the early 19th century, this restaurant exhibits more than 75 works of art purchased by Patrick Sacarello from Europe and Latin America in the past 20 years. Since 1992, Sacarello has regularly hosted art exhibitions and has by accident become a popular local art gallery where the works on display are constantly changing. A detour here is a definite must for those interested in exploring one of the biggest art collections of Gibraltar.

Sacarello’s, Restaurant and Art House, 57 Irish Town, Gibraltar, UK, +350 200 706 25

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Saint Michael’s Cave

Saint Michael’s Cave is one of Gibraltar’s major tourist attractions, but also a memorable venue for concerts and artistic events since the early 1960s. The great acoustic conditions transformed the cave into an occasional concert space used also for the musical events organised in Gibraltar during the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee. The musical performances – mostly piano and opera – take place in the upper part of the cave and are organised by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society.

Saint Michael’s Cave, Off Queen’s Road, Gibraltar, UK

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John Mackintosh Hall

The John Mackintosh Hall hosts some of the most important cultural events of Gibraltar, including the International Literary Festival, the International Art Exhibition or the Festival of Lights. The history of this main cultural hall goes back to the 1960s when it was offered to Gibraltar’s community by the John Mackintosh Trust. Hosting a theatre, a library and several meeting spaces, the hall is named after a wealthy Gibraltarian, born in the late 19th century, who left very specific instructions on the use of his fortune for community purposes, including the building of a cultural centre. In 2012, the hall hosted several events organised to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

John Mackintosh, Main Street 308, Gibraltar, UK, +350 200 756 69