Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Canal
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Photograph: SNF - Yiorgis Yerolymbos

EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: Throughout August 2019
Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen since it hosted the Olympic Games. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most important public institutions; the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece. The SNFCC offers an array of outdoor activities for the public to enjoy the vast open spaces and also run tours throughout the week (in English and in Greek) of the Stavros Niarchos Park and inside the cultural centre which architectural enthusiasts will love. Sailing along the canal is a highlight for both adults and kids and is available in the warmer months as is ice skating in the cooler months. Here’s a summary of activities on this month in Athens:

OUTDOOR CLASSIC CINEMA SCREENINGS

Cinema Stavros Niarchos Center Athens

‘Park Your Cinema’ returns for the summer season with free screenings of classic films on a giant screen at the Stavros Niarchos Center park. No pre-registration is required but visitors are advised to bring insect repellent, mat or blanket for sitting on the ground to make your night as comfortable as possible under the open sky. New movies will be announced each month.

Free Admission to all screenings

This month’s programme:

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) – Saturday 10th August | 9:00pm

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) – Saturday 17th August | 9:00pm

THELMA AND LOUISE (1991) – Saturday 24th August | 9:00pm

CHINATOWN (1974) – Saturday 31st August | 9:00pm

Films are In English with Greek subtitles

Where: The Great Lawn

 

DANCING FOUNTAINS TO THE MUSIC OF HATZIDAKIS AND BIZET

Dancing Fountains Stavros Niarchos Center

Throughout August, the Canal at the Stavros Niarchos Center will showcase its 59 new vertical water jets and 10 swivelling fountains in a powerful light, sound, and water display. The Dancing Fountains Show will take place daily, choreographed to the music pieces each time of Manos Hadjidakis’, Dance With My Shadow, from Gioconda’s Smile and George Bizet’s, Habanera, from Carmen Suite No.2.

The Dancing Fountains will start on the hour daily at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 9:00pm, 10.00pm, 11.00pm and midnight.

 

FREE TOURS OF THE STAVROS NIARCHOS PARK

Events Stavros Niarchos Centre Tours

Enjoy a guided tour through the Stavros Niarchos Park. Photograph: SNFCC – Yiorgis Yerolymbos

A modern Mediterranean landscape that has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability. This ecosystem acknowledges its surroundings, a place that is in constant evolution. The tour involves continuous walking around the Stavros Niarchos Park and the use of stairs. Estimated walking distance is calculated at 1 km.

Tours: Thursday’s at 7:00pm in English, otherwise daily at 7:00pm in Greek.

Meeting point: Visitors Center (Evripidou & Doiranis, Kallithea)

Tour duration: 90 minutes

Number of participants per tour: 20

Pre-registration is required except for children under 8 years old – Register Online Here

*The tours at the Stavros Niarchos Park will be conducted subject to good weather conditions.

*Visitors are advised to wear walking shoes and bring with them mosquito repellent.

 

FREE TOURS INSIDE THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Greek National Opera Seats

Take a guided tour though the SNFCC’S theatres and library. Photograph: Why Athens

Visitors are guided through the state-of-the-art building complex the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera as well as the interior and exterior public space surrounding the buildings.

Tours times: Various Days at 10:00am & 4:30pm in English & 12:00pm & 6:00pm in Greek

Meeting Point: SNFCC Agora (map below)
Tour duration: 90 minutes

Pre-registration is required except for children under 8 years old – Register Here for available dates

 

SAILING THE CANAL AT THE SNFCC

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Sailing Canal I

Sailing the canal at the SNFCC. Photograph: courtesy SNFCC/Leonidas Kalpaxidis

The Kalamaki Yacht Club presents a series of interactive sailing events on different types of boats, both in the Canal and onshore, for innovative educational activities for children and adults.

Registration required, and they fill up fast each month! Register Here

Sailing dates are on each Wednesday and Thursday between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

*check the booking page for the correct age group and time available for your particular day

Meeting point: Canal

Why Athens Tip: Registration opens weekly seven days prior to the requested date.

 

KAYAKING THE CANAL AT THE SNFCC

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Kayaking

Family Kayaking at the Stavros Niarchos Center. Photograph:

The Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation runs a free program to introduce kayaking as a family friendly activity in the protected canal of the Stavros Niarchos Center. The program is for children over 8 years of age + adults. Don’t forget to bring a spare change of clothes!

Registration is required, and note that due to popularity, registration is allowed one week in advance of the booking.

They fill up fast each week but it is worth trying! You can register Here

Kayaking dates are on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 5:30pm and 8.00pm.

Meeting point: Canal

Why Athens Tip: Registration opens weekly seven days prior to the requested date.

 

BIKE HIRE AROUND THE SNFCC

Stavros Niarchos Center Bicycles

Rent and ride bikes around the enormous park and canal. Photograph: courtesy SNFCC

Daily 9:00am – 9:00pm

Adult and children’s bikes are available for short-term hire from three stations within the SNFCC including;

  • At the Visitor’s Center (where Children’s Bikes are also available)
  • At the Canal (Agora)
  • At the Rear Agora

Pre-registration or purchasing a bike card is required. Further info is available here.

 

EXHIBITIONS AT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER

YANNIS BEHRAKIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Open daily until 31 August 2019 (9:00 to 22:00)

Seventy powerful images accompanied by videos and interviews of the late Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis are on display at the SNFCC. The exhibition honours Behrakis for his long-standing, award-winning work over 30 years and his significant contribution to both Greek and international photojournalism.

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Idomeni 2015. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis

 

Winners Cup for the Marathon from the first modern Olympics in 1896

Spyridon Louis Cup Niarchos Center Athens

The first prize from 1896 Olympic Games for the marathon presented to Spyridon Louis of Greece. Photograph: Christie’s

Stop by the foyer of the SNFCC where you will find the Silver Cup that was awarded at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 to the Marathon champion of the time, the Greek runner Spyridon Louis.

 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Visitor Map

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