what Andrými means?
Andrými is a combination of two words: “and” and “rými”. The “and” means breathe, spirit, opposition, and “rými” means space.
Andrými and our community
Many people come to Andrými – from newborns to great-grandparents, people from distant continents and lifelong Reykjavíkingar, people of all genders and sexualities.
We extend a particular welcome to refugees and migrants. We also generally share a commitment to finding and building community, showing tolerance to each other, and working for collective liberation.
Andrými also has a relationship of mutual aid and symbiosis with various organizations that work in line with its values. However, based on past experience we don’t associate with political parties.
The idea behind Andrými
Each individual has a slightly different conception of Andrými, and this is as it should be. However, there are commonalities.
Andrými has a radical purpose, specifically facilitating social and environmental justice, human liberation, tolerance, freedom of thought, and action. It is also radical in its existence and organization, challenging ideas of ownership, hierarchy, and the commodification of our world, while nurturing new kinds of culture, understanding, and social relations.
Its name means, amongst other things, “breathing space” – in it you should feel able to take shelter, gather, reflect, learn, organize, and then take that with you when you leave.