Open to the public since 2001, Maus Hábitos has become a place of unique confluence between music, visual art and cuisine.
Maus Hábitos literally means Bad Habits. Bad habits because cultural intervention to be socially meaningful and fruitful, and to prevent it from staying only in the dimension of the purely decorative, cannot be "well behaved", but innovative, subversive and transgressive. A space for cultural intervention with an interdisciplinary character, offering areas and proper equipment and human resources to receive exhibitions, various shows, such as concerts, theatre, performing arts, space for rehearsals, training and artistic residencies, as well as there’s also room to enjoy a good meal, either vegetarian, portuguese typicals or marvellous pizzas.
The intersection of languages one can breathe at Maus Hábitos finds explanation in the fact that, in its origin were people with very different experiences and backgrounds, who felt the absence of a space to exercise freedom for creation and cultural fruition. Their intention to bridge this gap was turned into reality by starting a project that could fit them, and could also be at the service of others. In the area of contents and events production, after 13 years of work it is possible to form an idea of the place we occupy in the city of Porto, offering a space which is exceptional for presentations on the most diversified areas of cultural life, from visual arts to music, concerts and recitals, from theatre plays and performing arts, not closing the possibility for any show or style.
In a globalisation era, where free circulation of people and ideas is increasingly easier and increasing everyday, we harvest and we offer the best side of this reality, which brings closer the discovery of similarity in difference, the exercise of free and tolerant coexistence between equal of condition beyond circumstancial differencies. Maus Hábitos is a space and a project promoting experimentation, free of judgmental and without institutionalisation; a space of encounter between creators and audiences, between businessmen and creativity, between thinkers and agents. An open and free space, which arouses curiosity, which allows the error and the discovery, where you feel at home.
Maus Hábitos in the musical area is by far one of the most loved places in Porto, where many Portuguese Artists/Bands started and rehearsed in a common and free space, and where they still want to perform and presente their work. Today and 13 years after its beginning, it’s still a place which resists mainstream criteria and struggles to be able to offer a good alternative programming, faithfull to its origins but always foreseeing new valuable projects that arise, new emergent artists showing up and needing a place to turn their work visible in the artistic and cultural community we embrace.
Maus lives on the 4th floor of the Garage Building, a unique Art Deco building in the world, designed by architect Mário Abreu in 1939, where automotive shapes and curves define a functional and evocative design of the time and rhythm in which it was created.
Occupied by a group of artists led by Daniel Pires in the late 90s, Maus Hábitos quickly became a meeting point for the city's underground artists' circuit. In 2001, it opened its studio doors to the public, first with installations and exhibitions, later with shows and concerts, and eventually, as art is always accompanied by good wine, a restaurant.
The space of Maus is difficult to define, and even harder to anchor. The rooms have been constantly changed, as well as the colors and decoration, and one thing is certain - nothing remains the same for long.
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