Owners of the former paper factory at Basmanny district in Moscow run an art-gallery on its territory, make exhibitions and recently has created a unique local museum.
Owners of the Center for creative industries FABRIKA - the former paper factory at Basmanny district in Moscow - not only rent its postindustrial spaces for offices and studios (as most other Moscow «creative clusters» based in former factories do), but also run an art-gallery on its territory, make exhibitions and recently has created a unique local museum.
For several years, the experimental cultural centre "Aktovy Zal" was working on its territory, and several festivals, such as contemporary dance festival TSEKH and independent music festival AVANT, were held. Now FABRIKA cooperates with the Polish Art_Inkubator and other foreign and Russian institutions and is open to wider cooperation.
In 2016, the team of FABRIKA, with the participation of students from one of the Moscow universities, created a unique museum of the history of the Basmanny district (there are practically no independent or private ethnographic museums in the Russian capital). It collects items and documents that tell about the history of the area, its places and inhabitants and convey its atmosphere. An important part of the Basmanny district is the Budyonovsky town - a nearby living quarter built in the avant-garde style in the 1920s. Museum's curator Natalya Smolyanskaya makes a series of excursions around Basmanny district. FABRIKA also cooperates with local activists such as Konstantin Smirnov, who makes a personal blog about Budyonovsky town trying to prevent its demolition.