From June 23 to 26, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens will come to life and host a cultural event under the title “Metamorphosis: The SNFCC to the World”.
The SNFCC, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, consists of the new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 sq.m. Stavros Niarchos Park.
The four-day event will embrace performances and other programs by internationally renowned artists from Greece and around the world. The SNFCC will be a living space of ideas, exploration and interaction through an innovative program of cultural, athletic and educational actions for all age groups.
During the event, visitors will have the opportunity, for the first time, to enter the new premises of the Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece, as well as to enjoy the Stavros Niarchos Park in its entirety.
More than 400 artists from all over the world come together in the Metamorphosis program where Greek and international creators contribute to a great celebration of collaboration and participation, values on which the SNFCC has been based.
At the event visitors can create, the pathways of the East will intertwine with western traditions and the boundaries of different art forms will be repealed. Music will fall in step with nature, dance will intertwine with sports, science will become a game and literature will be turned into a performance for young and old.
Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts & Lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the Events’ Performance Curator, while the internationally acclaimed, experimental artist Laurie Anderson is the guest Artistic Director for the event.
The events will include the evening race SNF RUN: Running into the Future — starting at the Panathenaic Stadium and finishing at the Stavros Niarchos Park, an exhibition at the National Gallery with works by Greek painter Panayotis Tetsis and curated by Marina Lambraki-Plaka and two emblematic works of musical minimalism curated and presented for the first time in Greece, by the Athens Conservatory. Also, the Greek National Opera will take part in the program with a performance at the Alternative Stage and the National Library of Greece will open its premises for the first time to the public.
During the four days of Metamorphosis, the program brings together artists of different persuasions and styles, such as the groundbreaking Laurie Anderson, the Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, the American-Iraqi musician Amir ElSaffar, the Xylouris White duo, the percussion virtuosos/masters Douglas Perkins and Dimitris Desyllas, the internationally renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun, Demy, choreographer David Dorfman, as well as the famous chess champion Garry Kasparov and the project’s architect Renzo Piano.
“The program aspires to convey the vision of the SNFCC for the creation of a space freely accessible to all, which will belong to the citizens themselves and which has been designed to accompany for many years to come, the creative wanderings of the residents of Greece, as well as those of its visitors”, the organizers said in an announcement.
All events are free of charge and are taking place with the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
In the course of the events, the SNFCC Membership Program will be launched. The SNFCC Membership program aims to provide members with special privileges related to SNFCC’s events and services as well as motivate the public’s support for the operation of the SNFCC once it is delivered to the Greek State. In order to support the kick-off of the Membership Program, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will cover the first 25,000 subscriptions through an exclusive grant.