For the international institutions of contemporary art, the Stazione Leopolda is The Site of performing arts in Florence.
The greatest names in the world of the theatre have passed through it, as have those of contemporary dance, research music and the world of multimedia.
Fabbrica Europa led the way at a time when it was still unusual to find performances, concerts and shows in this type of scenario.
The news of the Stazione Leopolda being up for auction caused immediate great concern on the international scene. Starting from Budapest which hosted on November 4 – 8 the meeting of IETM, which is an international network for contemporary performing arts gathering more than 500 organisations from around 50 countries.
Ever since the first edition of Fabbrica Europa, in 1994, Stazione Leopolda has been the heart of the festival, a building recuperated for cultural purposes of the City; over the years, it has become one of the most fascinating European places from the point of view of Industrial Architecture and Contemporary Art.
Here some of the most famous names have been hosted for more than twenty years representing the Contemporary Scene: Anna Teresa de Keersmaker, Angelin Preljocaj, Peter Brook, Fura dels Baus, César Brie e il Teatro de Los Andes, Jan Fabre, Shen Wei, Frédéric Flamand, Ai Wei Wei, Ballet National de Marseille, Alain Platel, Virgilio Sieni, Wim Vandekeybus, Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre, Lucinda Child, Meredith Monk, Archie Schepp, Heiner Goebbels, David Moss, Roswell Rudd, Societas Raffaello Sanzio / Romeo Castellucci, Anatolij Vasiliev, Maurizio Nannucci, Luca Ronconi, Tomi Janezic, and many others.
The concern at international level is shared by all those working in Fabbrica Europa. Everyone wonders what the future may hold.
With the backing of the Florence cultural context, Fabbrica Europa launches its request that the cultural institutions, local and international, open a table of negotiations with artists and cultural operators in order to find a solution so that the Leopolda may continue to be the home of Contemporary Art in Florence for the City and for the International Community.