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:
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES THIS MONTH AT SNFCC
Why Athens Tip: Free Admission to all concerts unless stated otherwise
23 to 30 June | Summer Nostos Festival
The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) returns in June for a week of music and dance to celebrate the beginning of summer. Modern pioneers, internationally acclaimed performers and leading Greek artists from every field make up the programme of this year’s festival.
This year’s line-up includes international artists such as Rita Wilson and Neneh Cherry and local favourites such as Alkistis Protopsalti and Yiorgos Margaritis. See the full programme of events here.
FREE TOURS OF THE STAVROS NIARCHOS PARK
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 6:30pm in English, otherwise daily at 6:30pm 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
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
BIKE HIRE AROUND THE 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
ATHENS PHOTO WORLD
Now until 16 June 2019
This year marks the first edition of Athens Photo World that will showcase the work of leading photojournalists from around the world and their contribution to shaping the image of our global community. Find out more here.
Winners Cup for the Marathon from the first modern Olympics in 1896
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