The new Onassis Cultural Center in Athens (opened in 2010) is emerging as one of Greece’s largest and most respected cultural establishments with an eclectic programming of local and international artists, lectures, and educational programs on the arts, media as well as topics of a more sociological/historical interest. According to their mission statement the center aims at “hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music and the visual arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, on supporting Greek artists, on cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages through life-long learning.” Their impressive multi-storey building is a little too grand, too new and too shiny (and admittedly incongruent with the rest of the crisis-stricken country) and lacks the warmth, vibe and history of some of the older and more experimental downtown theaters. Yet this disadvantage is balanced by a really ambitious programming which has recently included events such as the final Meeting Points 6: Art Festival from the Arab World or Digitized 2012, a conference dedicated to visual creativity using digital media.
Currently the OCC is accepting applications for performances in the fields of theater, dance and music. The deadline is October 31st, 2012 for dance and theater (information on the application process can be found here) and November 30th, 2012 for music (information is available here) .