“We owe it to our ancestors, we owe it to our children, to keep the light of our civilization burning… it’s an obligation to contribute to a better tomorrow,” says Andreas Dracopolous, co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), which opened this past June, serves as a facility and resource for Greek culture, as well as a source of positivity in the midst of Greece’s recent struggles. The SNFCC hosts events for all ages that include everything from classes in Greek dance to movie nights to musical performances.
The cultural center was a decade-long project proposed by the SNF, an organization that offers grants in art, culture, and health to societies in need. The SNF brought on world-famous architect Renzo Piano to design the all-new Stavros Niarchos Park as well as new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, all of which fell under the umbrella of the SNFCC project. During construction, there was a series of excavations that exposed an ancient road used between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., and a cemetery dating from the 8th to the 5th centuries B.C.