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THE AREA

Röda Sten Konsthall is an exciting place for interaction between people of all ages and from all parts of the world. The center is situated in a popular recreational area visited by both inhabitants of Gothenburg and tourists.

The area is laden with history and remains from the Stone Age and of the medieval fortress of Älvsborg can be found. During the 18th century the ships of the Eastindia company were loaded here, and in the 19th century  Scottish entrepreneurs founded and planned a local community with its own church surrounding the Carnegie sugar refinery and porter brewery.

The name Röda Sten (Red Stone) comes from a mythical stone painted in red, which is located on the shore west of the building. There are several theories about the stone: maybe it is a navigation mark, an old landmark, or was it stained red with blood from a Swedish soldier during a fight with the Danes?

Today this is a place full of vibrant cultural activities such as artists' studios, dance studios and theatres and the Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad (KKV). Other neighbours of Röda Sten konsthall are Hotel Novotel, restaurant Sjömagasinet and a marina for vintage boats. All this set on the medieval grounds of the old fortress of Älvsborg.

 

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Photo: Hendrik Zeitler