Centro Cultural Enguayabera

Arts Center in Habana del Este

In an old shirt factory, abandoned in the 1990s when it became a rubbish dump and public urinal, is this new state-sponsored community arts project in lowly Alamar, inspired by the Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Vedado. It bivouacs numerous funky venues under its cultural umbrella, including three small cinemas, a literary cafe, a theater and a crafts outlet.

The place is a shot in the arm for oft-forgotten Alamar, the ugly collection of '70s apartment blocks that gave birth to Cuban hip-hop and can now concentrate on fostering plenty more urban creativity. The center offers free entry and a wi-fi zone.