11 OCTOBER 2018 / The New York Times Features The SNFCC in an Article About Athens

The New York Times in its popular column 36 Hours features the city of Athens in an article entitled: “36 Hours in Athens: From the ancient Acropolis to a daring Renzo Piano-designed cultural center, the Greek capital is luring record numbers of tourists to explore its monuments, new and old.”

The article provides suggestions and tips to visitors on landmark and noteworthy places to visit while in the Greek capital, highlighting among them the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

According to The New York Times “recent additions like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center prove that this city in the heart of the Mediterranean isn’t afraid to raise new monuments and leave a bold statement for posterity […] Completed in 2016, the Renzo Piano-designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center houses the national library and opera on its handsomely manicured grounds dotted with young olive trees. Even if you miss the 10 a.m. architectural tour conducted in English, you can experience the complex’s varied spaces by dropping in on a free outdoor tai chi class or settling into the opera house’s maraschino cherry-hued chairs to take in the impressive acoustics. Or simply stand under the solar power-generating canopy roof to survey the 360-degree vista of Athens and the sea.”

You can read the complete article here.  
 
The SNFCC in Athens is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s largest single grant. Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a sustainable, world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, located within the Stavros Niarchos Park. The SNFCC was completed in 2016. The Foundation delivered the SNFCC to the Greek Society on February 23rd, 2017. Following the handover, the SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting the SNFCC for five years, through grants of $53 million that support the implementation of public programming and help cover a portion of SNFCC’s operational costs. All events funded with the SNF’s support are free and open to the public.
 
Every year, in June, the SNF returns to the SNFCC, as the host, organizer and exclusive supporter of Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival), a large celebration full of music, festivities, intellectual stimulation, sports activities, and many other surprises for all! In 2019, the SNFestival will take place from June 23rd to June 30th, 2019.
 
The Summer Nostos Festival is about openness, inclusion, co-existence, creativity, and disruption, evoking memories of past summers and anticipating exuberant tomorrows. It presents an imaginatively curated, eclectic mix of music, dance, sports, original performances, discussions, games, and contemporary art, including the SNF Run: Running into the Future, the SNF International Conference on Philanthropy and the SNF Agora Institute Workshop. The 2019 Summer Nostos Festival will open on June 23rd, 2019 with the 5th SNF RUN: Running into the Future, celebrating the World Olympic Day.