This article about SNFCC is published in the new digital magazine Voyagers Voice. Voyagers Voice is free online magazine based on culture and art. The articles are written by natives or by people who have lived in that country for many years and know the culture of that place very well. At Food and Travel, as a member of the founding team of the magazine, we are proud to participate in creating something completely unique.
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SNFCC (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center) is a cultural hub that came to change the everyday day life of Athenians and at the same time it is a perfect example of how private initiative and the state can work together harmoniously with impressive results. It is located in the bay of Faliro on the Athenian seafront and houses new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park. Its construction was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the €566 million project after its completion in 2016 was donated to the Greek state in 2017.
The project was the vision of the Co-President of the Foundation, Andreas Dracopoulos – nephew of Stavros Niarchos – and the effort to implement the donation began in 1998. The initial plan was to make separate donations to the National Library and the National Opera, but in 2006 it was decided to build a complex for both organizations. After several negotiations and discussions with the Greek state, the area of the former horse race (Hippodrome) was chosen.
Αlthough the SNFCC is an impressive building complex, a real gem for the city of Athens, more important is the fact that it redefined the use of public space and the importance of culture. The Center is an open space that manages to combine entertainment and culture in a unique way. It is at the same time a place for walking, for recreation, for food and coffee (in one of the restaurants, cafes and kiosks that exist here), but at the same time it is a place of direct contact with culture.
You could read the whole article in the 1st issue of the digital travel magazine Voyagers Voice by clicking on the link : voyagersvoice.com