In the last year, Andrými has gone from being an idea to a real place that has seen hundreds pass through its doors. We now need to move to a larger space where we can be visible, open every day and accessible to everyone.
Andrymi is and will be a radical social center. There are many dreams about what it could be, but we have some fixed requirements too. The space will be available for meetings and gatherings for groups and organizations and will continue to host the anarchist library Andspyrna to give free access to radical books and zines. Open kitchens – currently weekly – will continue, where we gather food contributions to cook and eat dinner together.
Our goals in creating a more permanent space for Andrymi are both to maintain our current practices while expanding our presence and usefulfulness to the community. We plan to have fixed opening hours through volunteer and paid staff, and to thus create a safe and accessible space in which anyone is welcome. A specific focus will be made on inclusion of migrants and refugees. If possible, we would like to run a “pay-what-you-want” café using food that would otherwise be wasted. Also depending on the space which we move to, we may provide office space for organizations with aligned values and missions, or repair workshops, or music practice space, or many other things.
Furthermore, one of Andrými´s main purposes is to encourage and provide free space for self-organised events in line with our values. These can include lectures, film screenings, fundraisers, concerts, art exhibitions, social events, skill-sharing and workshops. We would also like to make resources more available to those that need them, through providing and maintaining internet and computers, projectors and cameras, printing facilities, and free or swap shop events for people to share what they no longer need.
There are many organizations in the capital area that have expressed interest in a social center as we are proposing. These groups may be interested in using Andrymi as a meeting space, providing financial support, or simply support the idea of such a space existing in Reykjavík.
As we search for a new location for Andrymi, there are a few hard requirements in mind. The space must be large, centrally located and close to public transportation stops, especially for migrants and asylum seekers traveling from outside the city. The space must be accesibile for all individuals regardless of ability. It must also have a kitchen suitable for the weekly open dinners.