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 2018
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 in the last ten years. 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:

FREE MUSIC AT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER IN AUGUST

5 – 30 August
Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Parklands

A free concert at the Stavros Niarchos Center Parklands. Photograph: courtesy of SNFCC

Why Athens Tip: Free Admission to all concerts

Idra Kanye

5 August | Panoramic Steps 9:00pm

Born and raised in Greece to an Ugandan father and Greek mother, Idra studied dance and vocals. In 2011, she released her first album “Don’t Walk Away” worldwide with EMI records, written and produced by Big Time Pr. “Mic Drop” (2018) is her second album.

DJ The Dreamer / Action Hero Party – Full Moon Party

26 August | Great Lawn 7:30pm

Action Hero, in a farewell to Athens before leaving for their next destination, are inviting us to a Full Moon Party featuring DJ The Dreamer, who will set the mood with love songs. The Dreamer is a multifaceted artist who loves pastel colors and playful patterns, co-founder of Neon Raum, publisher of Fluffer Everyday magazine and co-organizer of Purple Night parties.

Jazz Chronicles: Jazz Octet

30 August | Agora 9:00pm

The Jazz Octet Band, of the Athens Military Guard bring the month to a relaxing wrap up with the Blue Mood concert; a throwback to the history of Jazz that combines Afro-American elements with contemporary jazz.

 

FREE CINEMA OUTDOORS AT THE SNFCC

10 – 31 August

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Cinema

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

Free Admission to all screenings

Programme:

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – 10 August | 9:00pm

The Adventures of Tin Tin (kids movie)  – 11 August | 9:00pm

Ninotchka (1939)  – 17 August | 9:00pm

Wreck-it Ralph (kids movie)  – 18 August | 9:00pm

Bananas (Woody Allen 1971)  – 24 August | 9:00pm

Alladin (kids movie)  – 25 August | 9:00pm

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)  – 31 August | 9:00pm

Films are In English with Greek subtitles

Where: The Great Lawn

FREE TOURS OF THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER 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: Every Thursday in English at 6:30pm. Otherwise daily in Greek at 6:30pm

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 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 in English & 12:00pm, 4:30pm & 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

 

SAILING THE CANAL AT THE SNFCC

Events Stavros Niarchos Centre Tours Canal Sailing

Sailing the canal at the SNFCC. Photograph: SNFCC – Yiorgis Yerolymbos

The Kalamaki Yacht Club presents a series of interactive sailing events on different types of boats, both in the Canal and on shore, 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 Friday at:

04.00pm – 5.00pm & 08.00pm – 09.00pm (*adults 17 +)
05.00pm – 06.00pm (*ages 12-17)
06.00pm – 07.00pm (*ages 9-12)
07.00pm – 08.00pm  (*ages 6-9)

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

Meeting point: Canal

Why Athens Tip: Registration is only accepted one week prior to requested date.

 

KAYAKING THE CANAL AT THE SNFCC

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Kayaking

Family Kayaking at the Stavros Niarchos Center. Photograph: Katerina Liakopoulou

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 up to 12 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 Saturday and Sunday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Meeting point: Canal

Why Athens Tip: Registration is only accepted one week prior to 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.

 

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS AT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER

 

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, Spyridon Louis.

 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Visitor Map

Events Stavros Niarchos Centre Tours Map