Greece

#snfccAtHome (Kallithea, Greece)

The most active cultural institution in Greece, reformed its program offering all their activities (music shows, theatrical performances, exhibitions, activities for all ages) online and free through its platforms in social media. SNFCC also recreated on of its spaces to a drive-in during the lockdown, where you could watch movies and live shows from the safety of your car

Background

One of the world’s leading private philanthropic organizations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. Since 1996, the SNF has committed more than €2.6 billion through more than 4,300 grants to nonprofit organizations in 124 countries around the world.
The SNF supports organizations and programs worldwide expected to have a significant, lasting positive impact for society at large and exhibit strong leadership and good governance. The Foundation also supports programs that facilitate the formation of public and private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

The SNFCC is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s largest single donation. Total project cost exceeded $861 million. The project was delivered by the SNF to the Greek state on 23 February 2017. After delivering the SNFCC to the Greek State, the SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting it for five years with grants summing up to $53 million for the implementation of free public events as well as for its day to day operation; furthermore, it continues funding the organizations residing in its premises: the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

In addition to being the visionary, creator, and donor of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is also an invaluable collaborator across multiple activities, as well as an events organizer at the SNFCC premises.

Description

During the lockdown, Stavros Niarchos Foundation created a program with activities (events, concerts, lectures, readings, fitness programs, educational programs and activities) where the public could participate from home. Through a rich program for all ages, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation managed to offer ways of entertainment during the period when the cultural spaces remained closed. Most programs were offered for free to the public. At the same time there was a drive-in cinema where people could watch movies from the safety of their car.

Impact

Combining many different activities aimed at all age groups, the Foundation managed to remain active during the pandemic.

In order to implement the program, various departments of the Foundation worked (department of communication and development, department of planning and production, department of technical services) but also external collaborators (artists, etc.).

The program was offered free of charge to the participants through the social media of the Foundation.

Interpretation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation offered many different online activities and a series of distance events to its audience.

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