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 will begin in Spring 2020 and we hope to complete the construction by early 2021.