From Kozani to the SNFCC
17 May 2019

How far is 470 kilometers? Not too far to travel for a new educational experience.

The recent visit of thirty-four 10th-grade students from Kozani to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, as part of a program that fully supports the financing of school trips from remote areas of Greece (“Προς-Δεθείτε στο ΚΠΙΣΝ”), shows that this is the case. And as a truly public space, the SNFCC welcomes all comers, however far they’ve traveled to get there, whatever their age or origin.

For two days, the students from the General High School of Neapoli, Kozani, had the opportunity to see firsthand everything they had learnt about the SNFCC, the Greek National Opera (GNO), and the National Library of Greece (NLG) prior to their visit. The students walked around the paths through the park, the corridors of the Library, and the halls of the Greek National Opera and attended presentations by the NLG and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), as well as a performance of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. When their visit was over, the students left us all a memento—a short film, which they created themselves, with memories and impressions from their visit.

The visit by the students from Kozani is the first school visit that has taken place as part of the program. The goal is that many more fully financed school trips from remote areas of Greece will follow, giving dozens of students the opportunity to travel to Athens and visit the SNFCC. The program was designed by the Friends & Patrons of the SNFCC, which is supported by an SNF grant. The students’ travel expenses were covered by the Athens International Airport.

The program is one of dozens running in parallel, reflecting the vision of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Its vision may be summed up in the simple phrase “a public space, open to all,” and has guided the SNFCC since long before its delivery to the Greek people in 2017, from the time that it was just an ambitious idea. This idea would not have been possible without effective partnership between the private and the public sectors, between SNF and the Greek state, which continues to this day, supporting the SNFCC’s continued smooth operations.

That is why we are filled with pride and joy when we see that millions of people have embraced the SNFCC, SNF’s largest single gift to date—because we see our vision transformed into reality. And that is why we are committed to continuing to support the SNFCC and, by extension, its vision, by supporting free programming for all.
Speaking of events that are open to everyone, don’t forget the fast-approaching Summer Nostos Festival, from June 23 to 30. We will all be there. Will you?
Note: A subtitled version of the video will be available soon.