El Mejunje

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El Mejunje
El Mejunje (facade).jpg
Facade and theatre room
El Mejunje is located in Cuba
El Mejunje
Location within Cuba
General information
Town or city Calle Marta Abreu / Juan Bruno Zayas y Alemán, Santa Clara
Country  Cuba
Coordinates 22°24′24″N 79°58′02″W / 22.406677°N 79.967227°W / 22.406677; -79.967227Coordinates: 22°24′24″N 79°58′02″W / 22.406677°N 79.967227°W / 22.406677; -79.967227
Completed 26 January 1985

El Mejunje (Spanish for The Mixture), also known as El Mejunje de Silverio after the surname of its founder and director, Ramón Silverio,[1][2] is a Cuban LGBT cultural center and space[3] located in the city of Santa Clara. It lies on the central Calle Marta Abreu, near the corner with Calle Juan Bruno Zayas, close to the Parque Vidal and La Caridad Theatre, next to the Saint Claire of Assisi Cathedral.

History[edit]

Created as a simple gathering of bohemians and intellectuals, the centre grew as multifaceted and unconventional cultural space. It was installed in the ruins of an old hotel and started its activities in 1985.[4] People related to the centre are colloquially known as Mejunjeros.[2][5]

Cultural activities[edit]

The "Mejunje" is an LGBT cultural centre, involved into several social campaigns, as the ones on HIV/AIDS prevention, against homophobia and social discrimination.[6] As for the meaning of its name and the purposes of its founder, El Mejunje is not a simple gay club: it is conceived as an open space shared by everyone independently of sexual orientation, to promote social integration.[1] The activities of the centre include a theatre, a café, an art gallery in the second roof and a little music venue[7] in which are held concerts of various musical genres, ranging from rock'n roll to Cuban folk music.[1]

The activities also include social and cultural initiatives of interest to both children and adults, film screenings, and the Gay Saturday disco every Saturday night.[1][8]

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