Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Events Ice Skating
Photograph: Nikos Karanikolas

EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: Throughout February 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 daily tours (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. Here’s a summary of activities on this month:


Ice Skating through to February 25

Stavros Niarchos Center Ice skating

Ice Skating at the Stavros Niarchos Center. Photo: Pelagia Karanikola

SNFCC by night is a festive affair with magical new year lights marking the holiday season. The long canal of the SNFCC has been transformed into an ice-skating rink and is open to the public every day until January 31 (weather permitting), between 10:00am and 10:00pm free of charge. Each ice-skating session last 40 minutes and visitors need to register in advance.

Pre-register here.

Practical Information

  • maximum stay: 40 minutes.
  • Pre-registration will be available every Monday at 12.00 noon
  • In order for your pre-registration to be valid, you must arrive at the skating rink at least 20 minutes before your booking, otherwise, your spot will be re-allocated
  • Ice skates will be available or you can also bring your own.



Poignant photography by Yiannis Behrakis | FREE

Stavros Niarchos Center Yiannis Behrakis

Award winning shot from the permanent photo exhibition of Yiannis Behrakis

Internationally renowned photojournalist Yannis Behrakis is a senior editor for Reuters news agency. His photographs have been published in major international media outlets and he has earned several international awards, including a Pultizer prize in 2016. His recent work traces the journey of refugees fleeing their homeland in search of a better life. His lens has captures intimate scenes of what is the painful journey experienced by refugees. A thought-provoking exhibition.

Monday-Sunday | 6:00am – midnight at National Library Greece 2nd floor (see map points below)

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.

FREE tours of 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: Every Thursday in English at 4:00pm. Otherwise daily in Greek at 4:00pm

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

Events Stavros Niarchos Centre Tours

Take a guided tour though the SNFCC’S theatres and library. Photograph: SNFCC – George Dimitrakopoulos

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: Every day at 10:00am 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

Sailing the canal

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 Saturday and Sunday at:

09.00am-10.00am (ages 6-9)
10.00am-11.00am (ages 9-12)
12.00noon-1:00pm (ages 12-17)
11.00-12.00 & 1.00-2.00pm (adults 17 +)

Meeting point: Canal

Kayaking the canal

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

Kayaking dates are on each Saturday and Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Meeting point: Canal

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Visitor Map

Events Stavros Niarchos Centre Tours Map

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