The New Year at the SNFCC
23 December 2016

2017 is a pivotal year for the SNFCC. It is the year in which the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera will move to their new premises. It is the year in which the SNFCC will be fully operational and will unfold all its functional aspects in order to welcome its Members and visitors.

Since the summer of 2016, when the SNFCC opened to the public, we hosted hundreds of events for all ages and interests, while hundreds of thousands of our new friends visited us to have fun, to be entertained, to work out, to be informed and to participate in educational programs. Thousands of visitors became the source of inspiration and encouragement in SNFCC’s continuous attempt to get more involved in the everyday life of our community, city and country.

January is filled with music, art, guided tours and many other activities for children and adults, all perfectly suited to the winter ambiance. We invite you to the events that are listed in this brochure, hoping that you will give us the joy of welcoming you with the same fervor in this new year for the SNFCC.

To read the January program of events, click here

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation will hand over the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center to the Greek State in early 2017. During the transition phase, the Foundation continues its mission to introduce the project to the public through a daily and dynamic program of free public events that, offers visitors an opportunity to experience SNFCC’s programmatic potential, and its place as an urban destination for everyone. All the events are made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which is presently in charge of the project, until the completion of the delivery process to the Greek State. Through these programs that, combine athletic, educational and artistic activities, the Foundation seeks to engage the public in an open dialogue about the SNFCC and to build substantive relationships that will continue during its official operation by the Greek State, the rightful owner of the project.


Plan your visit

| Winter opening hours of the SNFCC are: Stavros Niarchos Park 06.00-20.00, Agora, Lighthouse, Running Track 06.00-00.00, Visitors Center 09.00-22.00. From December 22nd to January 6th, the Stavros Niarchos Park will be open from 06.00-00.00.

| For the immediate convenience of visitors, canteens will operate temporarily in the outdoors areas of the SNFCC. At a later time, a restaurant and café will operate on a permanent basis.

| Pets can enter the premises only accompanied by their owner, who must keep them under their supervision at all times during their stay within the premises and clean up after them. Pets are not allowed at the Great Lawn, the Labyrinth and the children’s playgrounds.

| All playgrounds will start operating after the necessary permits have been secured. The necessary actions are already underway. Meanwhile, visitors will have direct access from the SNFCC to the playground of the Sports and Recreation Park of the Municipality of Kallithea, which is adjacent to the SNFCC. The Municipal Park was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architect of the SNFCC, and was completed with an exclusive grant by the SNF.

| Every Monday and Tuesday, the Great Lawn and every Wednesday and Thursday, the Labyrinth will not be accessible. The Stavros Niarchos Park is intended to reflect the rich diversity of indigenous Greek and Mediterranean plants, and to promote landscape qualities, seasonal changes and sustainable maintenance practices. Creating a healthy soil ecosystem in areas of lawn is one of the key points for healthy plants and viable growth. Resting periods are essential for a healthy and vigorous lawn. Thank you for your understanding!

| Based on the relevant Directive regarding the LEED Certification, which the SNFCC has received, smoking is prohibited in all indoors areas of the SNFCC, as well as within a distance of 7.5 m from all entrances. In all other open spaces of the SNFCC, smoking is not prohibited. However, respect for the environment and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle remain key values on which the SNFCC was conceived. In this context, we encourage visitors to enjoy the Park without smoking during their stay. If visitors wish to smoke, we kindly ask that they respect the space and use the floor ashtrays that have been placed in the area.

For directions to the SNFCC, click here.

The SNFCC premises, including the parking area, are accessible to wheelchair users and people with kinetic disabilities. For more information please click here.