Ok16 is one of the cultural centres aiming at discovering, inspiring and promoting cultural projects in Minsk. Former factory sites are being used for diverse projects: from modern theatre plays and art exhibitions to international summer art residences and art festivals.
This is an extraordinary place for extraordinary events that would not suit most galleries in Minsk. The creators transform this industrial space and I’m sure it works the other way around too – Ok16 transforms them.
This is a laid-back place, everything is organised in a very relaxed way and delays are possible. Artists are artists, but it is also true that Ok16 is huge (comprising several sites from 220 to 1500-sq.m. large), so many things are going on at the same time. The hub is expected to become a fully operational cultural incubator by 2021 and I feel lucky to be witnessins this live reconstruction process in the meantime.
By the way, you can always drop by Ok16 Ruin Bar on your way to/from Ok16.