The history of Bar Cafe Fabriken

In exactly one week, Furillen’s new Bar Cafe Fabriken will open its doors, with a music event on Saturday evening, European time. I’ll be announcing details of this during the week. Here is some history.

Bar Cafe Fabriken
Backstory – Fact or Fiction?

by Micky Siamendes

A quick Furillen recap to start with: The island gained importance in the beginning of the 20th century, when a German company established a limestone industry there. In the 1970s the industry closed down and the Swedish military took over the island, turning it into an area off limits to the public. Radar stations were placed on the island back then and decommissioned again in the late 1990s. But the Swedish military is still operating smaller installations on Furillen with a reduced number of troops.

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Being away from family and friends the remaining troops stationed on Furillen had a hard time to fight boredom on the rather dull and deserted island. To prevent them from depression and cabin fever, the Swedish Department of Defense  decided to convert one of the abandonned buildings which had formerly been used by the encryption department (the troops themselves had called it the “Swedish Bletchley Park bunker”) into some sort of event location.

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That is when Bar Cafe Fabriken was born. The plan was to provide entertainment on one hand, thinking along the lines of Marilyn Monroe visiting the troops in South Korea to cheer them up, artists and entertainers were to be invited  over to Furillen on a regular basis.

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The second approach of Bar Cafe Fabriken was to simply provide a space for the troops, where they could meet and  socialize, talk, laugh, dance, chill, and even more, where they could be creative, express themselves, have a stage and  think outside the box.

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A very unusual approach for a military authority, but soon it turned out that the Ministry’s plan worked out just great and exceeded any expectations. The Furillenite troops were really enthusiastic about the new addition to their otherwise  pretty boring routine. They started to engage and become active participants of “Bar Café Fabriken”. It seemed as if the  bar was not only affecting their free time but also their working life. All of a sudden there was a feeling of teamwork,  togetherness and a sense of responsibility among them like never before.

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Meanwhile “Bar Cafe Fabriken” has become a synonym for “Grant space and freedom instead of confining rules”, and  the Furillenite troops are a thriving community. Let’s keep this spirit up at Virtual Furillen!

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