Apart from the occasional swanky terrace, Spanish rooftops are mundane affairs, reserved for air conditioners, satellite dishes and wet laundry.
But a new movement is challenging all that, reclaiming lofty surfaces and turning them from concrete wastelands into vibrant community spaces.
"They're spaces in the city and are somewhat public, but vastly underused," said member
His group set out to "reclaim and reconquer" rooftops for cultural use. "When we started the project, we didn't even know if what we were suggesting was legal or not," said Fernandez. They established that it was, and aimed to create a generic model that could be replicated anywhere in the world.
Organisers pitch events and hosts give their rooftop for the night. Events can be anything cultural - from a lecture on constellations and astronomy to yoga demonstrations - and are often small, with a maximum of about 100 people. Hosts are encouraged to inform neighbours about the event. They are bare bones and nonprofit, doing away with the need for licences, and a small fee is usually charged at the door to cover the artists' fees. The project was launched in 2012 and has been growing steadily, with events held in cities across Andalusia and as far as Resistencia in
It is not the only group eyeing rooftops in
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