The old distillery these days is producing culture rather than spirits.
Manilla’s old factory building on the eastern shore of the River Aura, close to the city’s Föri Ferry, has been involved in many things.
The oldest part of the property, dating from the year 1866, was operating from the very beginning as a distillery but during the time of prohibition it became leather strap factory. Since 1929, all the way up to the 1980s, the premises operated as a leather strap factory, after which the empty factory awaited its fate, Manila was left to be demolished. Fortunately this day never came and the property was rescued for cultural posterity.
Today Manila is a factory of culture that hosts for instance three theatres, visual artists, studios, architect offices and other small businesses of culture.
Every year there are hundreds of cultural events taking place in Manilla. Manilla’s own factory Festival, Manifesti, is held annually in September.
Factory Festival Manifesti 6th to 9th Sept 2012