– is people and place, self organised creative community and our home – the building of the former knitting factory in Nothern Armenia mountains
Abastan is a creative self-organization of artists, cultural figures and volunteers united by common values.
We are renovating a former knitting factory building in Tumanyan, Armenia, to create a space in which we live, communicate, explore and implement projects.
Abastan Project Goals
or what do we want?
Community and collaboration
To unite cultural figures and volunteers from different countries, as well as residents of Tumanyan, in everyday life and work
To create an educational space where residents and guests of Abastan can share knowledge and experience
Work with historical heritage and archiving
To preserve and rethink the historical heritage of the factory and the city of Tumanyan in the context of a rapidly changing world
To provide space, resources and vibes for artists to empower them to create
To facilitate intercultural exchange and create opportunities to reimagine our own identities through both artistic practices and experiences of meaningful co-living and collaborating with people from different cultures
Home away from home
To be a hospitable home and a supportive family for people who find themselves away from home and loved ones due to wars, persecution and other hardships
Experience of creating a community
Tp provide the experience of living in the community, the opportunity to participate in the creation of Abastan as an institution, suggest ways to organize processes and share responsibility