uniting to create
– 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
  • Education
    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
  • Art projects
    To provide space, resources and vibes for artists to empower them to create
  • Intercultural exchange
    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
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