Bamyan is located in Central Afghanistan and has a population of around 100,000. Located on historically significant trade routes, Bamyan has always been a meeting place of cultures, architectural styles and languages. In 2017 Bamyan joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a Crafts and Folk Art City. The city serves as the cultural center of the Hazara people, the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. 

Bamyan is the third city in Afghanistan where Skateistan runs programs, building on the work of our Skate Schools in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. With just one educator and a few skateboards, we started running Outreach and Skate and Create sessions in the last quarter of 2019, with a view to establishing community links ahead of construction of our third Afghan Skate School and our fifth overall. By March 2020, we had over 250 students attending programs regularly. Construction on Skateistan Bamyan began in Spring 2020 and we hope to complete the construction by early 2021.

Boy skates in Bamyan
Regular students
Low-income background
Students living with disabilities
Updates from Bamyan
Skateistan celebrates International Day for Sport for Development and Peace 2021
Skateistan celebrated the International Day for Sport for Development and Peace earlier this month. IDSDP is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace.
Skateistan Bamyan update: Check out our new skatepark!
We recently passed a huge milestone in the process of opening a new Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan - we now have a skatepark!
Celebrating International Day of Peace 2020
What does peace mean to you? That’s a question our students have been exploring to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.
Welcome to Bamyan!
HUGE NEWS for Skateistan fans: we have started work on our fifth Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan!