Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center canal with its Ice Skating Rink. Photograph: Nikos Karonikolas

EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos Center

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Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: Throughout February 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:

 

ICE SKATING ON THE CANAL

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Christmas Ice Skating

The Ice Rink is built over the Canal at the SNFCC. Photo: SNFCC/Pelagia Karanikola

Part of the long canal of the SNFCC has been transformed into an ice-skating rink and is open to the public every day from now until 24 February 2019 (weather permitting), between 10:00am and 10:00pm free of charge. Each ice-skating session will last 40 minutes and visitors need to register in advance.

Pre-register here for Ice Skating.

Practical Information

  • maximum stay: 40 minutes.
  • Pre-registration will be available every Thursday at 12.00pm (noon) for the following week
  • 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.
  • The operation of the ice rink may be suspended or modified if the weather conditions are not suitable for skating. Please call the SNFCC from 9am daily for updates on +30 216 809 1000.

 

FREE TOURS OF THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER PARK

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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 tours 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

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

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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 between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

*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

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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 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

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.

 

EXHIBITIONS AT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER

George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture

28 January – 31 May 2019

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Zalongo (1953) by George Zongolopoulos at the Presidential Mansion in Athens.

In collaboration with the George Zongolopoulos Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will exhibit 20 sculptures along with photos, videos and drawings from the life work of the iconic Greek sculpture George Zongolopoulos.

Born in Athens in 1903, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and went on to achieve scholarships in Paris, in Marcel Gimond’ s studio and Italy where he specialised in bronze-casting techniques.

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Zongolopoulos’ sculptures on display at the SNFCC. Photograph: SNFCC/Stathis Mamalakis

George Zongolopoulos represented Greece 11 times at Biennales between 1940 and 2001 and his legacy of works are represented in public spaces prominently throughout Greece and in private collections around the world.

The SNFCC exhibition is spread over the entire site with sculptures in the Agora, Rear Agora and atrium of the National Library of Greece.

 

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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