More than 140,000 visitors, 413 Greek and international artists, 4,500 runners, more than 75 unique events, 5 stages and multiple play areas were brought together at Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival), between June 18-25, the summer’s great celebration with free admission for all, organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece.
Music, dance, sports, discussions, arts and architecture, outdoor concerts at the Great Lawn and at the Canal Stage, summer parties, performances, magic shows, lectures, activities for the whole family, exercise and play, composed a unique mosaic of summer moments and different forms of creative expression!
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of its broader philanthropic activity and its continuous support to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), returns once a year, every June, as an active participant, to the home it created for the benefit of all people, organizing and supporting through an exclusive grant the events of Summer Nostos Festival.
In his speech during the final day of the 2017 SNFestival, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos, mentioned: “When you are a parent, they say you should provide your children with strong foundations and give them wings so they can fly. We provided these strong foundations, as SNF, as the ‘parent’ of this project, through a grant, totaling €630 million ($861 million). The wings are also there, but in order for this project to ‘fly,’ it needs all of you. And you have proved this with your presence. Last June, 120,000 people visited the Festival. Since the day we opened the Center again in August, to this day, 1,300,000 people have visited the SNFCC. This is its real strength and, with this strength, the Center can really continue to ‘fly.’ This Center is yours. […] One day, all of Greece can function similarly to how this project operates. And what you can do, each of you individually, is to take this feeling of pride and joy that I hope all of you feel here, and carry it back to your homes and workplaces, and do not listen to all those who say it is not possible. It is possible! […] And even though we continue to assist the Cultural Center and the programming that takes place throughout the year, this week was exclusively organized by the SNF and we will be back, next year, between June 17th and 24th. Thank you. The wings belong to you. Use them to ‘fly’ along with this project and everything can be a lot better!”
Artists and programming comprising 2017 Summer Nostos Festival
From June 18th to 25th, in a span of just 8 days, some of the biggest names of the local and international art scene honored the 2017 Summer Nostos Festival with their presence, composing a panorama of culture and entertainment. The program included the following: Renzo Piano, Garry Kasparov, Leonidas Kavakos with his distinguished partner Enrico Pace, The Cinematic Orchestra, Yo La Tengo, Charlotte Rampling with Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Mélanie De Biasio, Saul Williams, Nikos Portokaloglou, Lena Platonos, Mokina with the ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra, Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, ΜELISSES, Sussan Deyhim, the Athens State Orchestra conducted by Markellos Chryssicos, Mark Mitton, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Wordless Music Orchestra, the ETHEL string quartet, the Black Art Jazz Collective, the Theater of War, Dimitris Kalantzis’ quintet, Eleanor Friedberger, Nickel and Dime OPS, Tigue, STREB EXTREME ACTION, Heidi Latsky in collaboration with Apostolia Papadamaki, DJ Alex Cruz and many more artists and collaborators, while the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece also participated in the SNFestival with their own programming. At the same time, the SNFestival hosted the program of performances in the public space Only Connect! curated by Robert Storr, artistic director, and Barbara London, Kalliopi Minioudaki and Francesca Pietropaolo, showcasing the work of some of the most distinguished performance artists: Kim Jones, Tania Bruguera, the Mieskuoro Huutajat choir and Paris Legakis.
One of the most special moments of the SNFestival was the evening race SNF RUN: Running into the Future, which was held for the 3rd consecutive year on the occasion of World Olympic Day, under the organizational supervision of NGO Regeneration & Progress and with the collaboration of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. Starting at the Panathenaic Stadium and following two different routes, of 10 and 6km respectively, as well as a 1km route for Special Olympics athletes, 4,500 runners participated in this unique event that rewards participation and effort.
Throughout the Summer Nostos Festival, both children and adults had the opportunity to play, learn and exercise, in multiple areas of the SNFCC, through a rich program of activities designed for the whole family, like kayaking in the Canal, aiming high at the outdoor climbing wall and participating in sports tournaments along with a plethora of other activities.
The implementation of the programs was made possible with the valuable contribution of 175 volunteers, ages 16 to 67, through a volunteering program that was designed in collaboration with NGO Ethelon.
A spectacular fireworks show and one of the legendary dance-offs, under the sounds of New York based DJ Jonathan Toubin, marked the successful completion of 2017 SNFestival, which was guided under the notions of music, dancing and a feeling of participation, and summed up all those elements that make summer unique as it is: carelessness, rest, creativity and a return to all those things that make our hearts beat!
Click below for highlighted excerpts from the events:
June 25th, 2017: Highliths of the 2017 Summer Nostos Festival
June 25th, 2017: Highlights of the 8th Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 24th, 2017: Highlights of the 7th Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 24th, 2017: Garry Kasparov plays chess with Greece’s younger generation
Fifteen chess champions, ages 10-12, had the unique experience in participating in a simultaneous chess encounter with the leading athlete.
June 24th, 2017: Highlights of the 6th Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 23rd, 2017: SNF RUN: Running into Future
June 23rd, 2017: Highlights of the 5th Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 22nd, 2017 : Antigone in Ferguson by Theater of War Productions
June 21st, 2017: Highlights of the 4th Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 20th, 2017: Highlights of the 3rd Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 20th , 2017: Conversation Renzo Piano - Michael Kimmelman
Τhe renowned architect of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Renzo Piano, returned to Athens for a comprehensive discussion with the New York Times architectural critic, Michael Kimmelman, at the Stavros Niarchos Hall.
June 19th, 2017: Highlights of the 2nd Day of the Summer Nostos Festival
June 18th, 2017: Highlights of the 1st Day of the Summer Nostos Festival