Politismos eMagazine | Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) – A true “miracle” at the Faliron Delta

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
– A true “miracle” at the Faliron Delta



The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), a true “architectural miracle” at the Faliron Delta – where the Athenian Hippodrome was once located – is a hub of activity for visitors of all ages, interests and backgrounds…


It is simply not possible to roam the Cultural Center’s incredibly rich, multi-fold program, without spotting things that interest you, activities to try or performances to enjoy: From learning to make soaps at home or growing vegetables on your balcony or garden, to philosophy classes and activities for children where they can practice yoga or perform physics experiments with simple materials!

It is all available for free, thanks to Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s donation and intent that (based on one of the Center’s most important values) which is open participation for all.

November, the Cultural Center is inaugurating new events and activities. From astronomy for children and an introduction to pre-Socratic philosophy, to a new section of dramatized narrative. The section’s first performance, “I Keep a Report”, presents excerpts from Nikos Kazantzakis’ “Report to Greco”, edited by Efi Theodorou.

Social Ballroom

When the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center organized the first Social Ballroom in January 2017, nobody could imagine its huge success. Social Ballroom enables everyone, regardless of age or previous experience, to discover his/her dancing skills. Dances from around the world are taught each month under the guidance of experienced teachers.

Following every lesson, there is a live music party, where all participants are encouraged to practice the steps that have just learnt! In November, participants are called to surrender in the rhythm of … Swing!

I keep a Report

It is the dramatized narration of selected extracts from Nikos Kazantzakis’ monumental work “Report to Greco”, where the writer, shortly before his death, recorded his own journey among people, passions and ideas. With Maria Skoula and Giorgis Tsambourakis.

Picnic with Paul Klee and company!

During this … colorful picnic at the park’s Glade (Ksefoto), instead of fruit and vegetables children and parents put in their baskets colorful papers, markers, scissors, paper and other materials. After sitting on the lawn, the magic basket opens and the world of Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Piet Modrian is revealed to the participants. Suitable for children from 4 years of age and older.

Astronomy with simple materials: The Big Bang

What is the Big Bang? What is the expansion of the Universe and what will its evolution be? These questions are to be answered during the Astronomy workshop, using experiments with simple materials! The workshop is organized as part of the CMS Playing with Protons educational program. For children between 10-12 years of age.

Gardening tips in practice

You can easily grow your own vegetables and herbs, in your kitchen or in your garden, on your veranda, even inside your home. Participants will also learn plant selection criteria, maintenance instructions, how to solve common problems in plant cultivation. An interesting part of the workshop is information on consumer safety issues, such as organic farming.

Soap Production

In this lab you can learn the basic principles of making natural, handmade soap, how to use essential oils and other additives, get to know the basic equipment you need and the precautions necessary to make your own soaps .

Five pages from pre-Socratic philosophy

Philosophy professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Vasilis Kalfas, analyzes five basic milestones of the pre-Socratic philosophy. The series of lectures begins on 21/11, with Anaksimandros analysis, while on 28/11 the academician and writer Vasilis Kalvas, will deal with Heraclitus. The series will be completed in December with meetings anaysing Parmenides, Demokritos and Gorgias.

Human Touch

Human Touch is one of the most important and longest-lived group in Greece. For 20 years, in every live performance, it keeps opening new horizons and directions without worrying about the destination. Having their own distinct music identity, Human Touch use a wide range of soundtracks and sounds. Their music, through a plethora of instruments played by each member of the group, enthralts every listener.

Photographs courtesy of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

23 Nov 2017, by Nektaria Karakosta in Arts & Culturex