Digitized is hosted again in the magnificent Onassis Cultural Centre and Vakalo, the iconic school of Art & Design.
The Onassis Cultural Centre is Athens’ new cultural space 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.
The OCC is on your left as you travel down Syngrou Avenue towards the sea. It is next to the headquarters of the Ethniki Asfalistiki insurance company, and opposite Panteion University.
Take bus lines 040, 106, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 550, Α2, Β2, Ε22, Ε90 or trolley-bus 10 and get off at ‘Panteion’. If you are heading downtown, the bus/trolley stop is just 10 metres from the entrance to the OCC. If you are coming from the city centre or the Syngrou-Fix Metro station, use the pedestrian underpass in front of Panteion University to cross over to the other side of Syngrou Avenue.
Take the ‘red line’ (Line 2, Agios Antonios – Agios Dimitrios) and get off at ‘Syngrou-Fix’. Follow the signs to “Exit to Syngrou/Drakou” and you will emerge on Syngrou Avenue. From there, you can either take a bus or trolley-bus from the stop in front of the Metro escalators on Syngrou Avenue and get off four stops later at ‘Panteion’; if you are not in a hurry, it is a 12-minute walk down Syngrou Avenue to Panteion University, where you can use the pedestrian underpass to cross over to the other side of Syngrou Avenue.
Parking in the densely populated area around the OCC might be a problem, especially at night or during the weekend. The OCC has underground parking facilities for roughly 200 cars. Every level has designated places for people with mobility problems near the elevators.
The Vakalo School of Art and Design was established in 1957 by a team of artists, designers and theorists, headed by George Vakalo. The School was founded with the aim of offering courses in what was then called 'the applied arts', a field which was not covered by Greek education at the time. The College was unique and held in high esteem. Today the College's design programmes (validated by the University of Derby) are on an internationally acknowledged level of Higher Education, and enjoy a highly respected reputation as a recognised leader in its field in Greece.
The Vakalo School of Art and Design is located in the Athens city centre. With regard to people with impaired mobility, the Vakalo School Building has wheelchair access, lift to all floors and appropriate toilet facilities for wheelchair users.
Take bus lines 230, 813, A7, B5 or trolley-bus 7, 14, 18, 19 and get off at ‘IKA’. From there it is a two minute walk to the Vakalo School of Art & Design buildings.
Take the ‘blue line’ (Line 3, Airport or Ethniki Amyna or Doukissis Plakentias – Egaleo) and get off at ‘Ambelokipi’. Follow the signs to “Exit to L. Aleandras/Dim. Soutsou” and you will emerge on Alexandras Avenue. From there, it is a 7-minute walk to the Vakalo School of Art & Design buildings.