The OCC, also known as Stegi (meaning roof in Greek) of Literature and the Arts, is one of the biggest and most overwhelming cultural centres of the city. Big, spectacular productions as well as groundbreaking and experimental artists have literally found a roof in which they develop and show their work. Theatre, music, cinema, educational programs, visual and digital arts exhibitions, conferences, dance shows even pijama parties are taking place there. Every year there’s a very rich program and there’s always a good reason to visit Stegi.
The building, designed by the french Architecture Studio, is just outstanding. Whenever I find a view towards Stegi, I just can’t help but stare at it. It’s such an urban beauty! The building has a main auditorium of 880 seats and another one of 220. There’s also a terrace which provides a unique view of Athens. Some of the best shows I’ve seen took place there, like Still Life by Dimitris Papaioannou, The Encounter by Complicite or the spaced out live concert of the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Most of the theatre shows have English surtitles so it is a good place to go if you’re keen on seeing a piece of Greek contemporary theatre.