In 2011, four young graduates put their creative heads together to inaugurate Botafogo's freshest new cultural space, nightclub, exhibition hall, café and style hub under the fitting name of Comuna. Gabriel Cabral, Romûlo Siryaco, Duda Pedreira and Bruno Negrão are the twentysomething brains behind the operation that began with the search for a new home for their post-beach Palaflou parties and ended with them opening a warehouse-style space that has brought a refreshingly original concept to Botafogo's classic hard-drinking hotspots.
"We felt in the air, among our friends and in the city's growth, the need for a new venue that could unite artistic and cultural events both big and small," explains Gabriel. From film festivals, electronic parties and art exhibitions to an arts and crafts shop it all goes on under one roof with the emphasis on creativity rather than financial gain, though there are clearly keen business minds at work too, with informal cretaive gatherings and a hip independent clothing outlet under the name Sala de Estar on the menu.
It is by night that things really take off, though, with events such as the weekly Palaflou electronic music parties and occasional film festivals where the beanbags come out, the popcorn is toasted and everyone settles in to the theme for that particular week or three, but the rosta of events is as changeable as it is varied, so be aware that one Tuesday's fashion show could be another's Spanish football match.