Fábrica do Conhecimento Cultural Center

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The former building of the Brasil Industrial Textile Manufacturing is four stories high. The main building has an area of 4,000 square meters, and there are also annexes. Named "Fábrica do Conhecimento" (Knowledge Factory), the initiative is now a complex where there are the Ballet City Company, the Planetarium, the Espaço Cinema e Arte Movie Theater, and a unit of the Villa-Lobos Music School, as well as the "Espaço da Ciência" (Science Space) and a toy collection. There, the City Departments of Culture and Environment are headquartered, each with a building of its own.

Fábrica do Conhecimento. Photo: Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

Opened in 1871, the former factory is part of the history of Paracambi. After almost a century producing cotton textiles, it closed in 1984. In 1985, it was listed by the Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Cultural-Inepac (State Institute of Cultural Heritage). Bought by the municipality in 2001, it was transformed into the cultural center, or the "city university", as locals call it.

Built in English architectural style and surrounded by nature, the "university" has more than 1,000 enrolled students in institutions such as the Fundação de Apoio à "Escola Técnica do Estado do Rio de Janeiro-Faetec" (Rio de Janeiro State Foundation of Support to Vocational Education), the "Instituto Superior Tecnológico de Paracambi" (Paracambi Institute of Technology), the "Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Química-Cefetq" (Federal Center of Technological Education on Chemistry), and the "Centro de Educação a Distância do Rio de Janeiro-Cederj" (Federal Center of Technological Education on Chemistry).

General Information

Address: Ministro Sebastião de Lacerda Street, Paracambi
Phone: (+55 21) 2683-0160 / 3693-5305 (City Department of Culture and Tourism)
E-mail address: cultura@paracambi.rj.gov.br

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