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26.05.2017 / Announcements


The third cycle of the successful educational programme
of the Onassis Foundation at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens

Wednesday, 24 May. The third cycle of the Special-Education programme ‘Music Loves Autism’ returns in June to the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, of the Onassis Foundation. The Onassis Foundation invites children on the wide spectrum of autism and their parents to participate in the successful music workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’, which takes place for the fifth consecutive year in Athens, and for the third consecutive year in cities throughout Greece.

The workshop consists of musical activities, especially designed so that they can be adjusted to the particular wishes and abilities of children. For children on the broader spectrum of autism, music motivates them, facilitating their interaction with their environment and the development of their communication skills. They gain positive experiences both as individuals and family members.

Through a series of musical compositions, we work through the notions of somatognosia (that is, the awareness we have of parts of our body) and space, as well as with children’s daily activities and routines. Children creatively experience a variety of sounds and get to know various musical instruments. Music is, thus, used as a means of communication and mutual interaction. Emphasis is given on the development of non-verbal communication.
The educational potential of children with autism spectrum disorder is immense. This workshop of the Onassis Foundation aims at making children’s aesthetic education an integral part of their educational experience.

Through music, children experience working together and team spirit in a safe environment. The ultimate goal is a music celebration with children as the main protagonists at the event of the cycle.

Workshops will be carried out by a team of experts, led by musicologist and music-therapist Christina Panagiotakou.

Third Cycle of the Workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’

Onassis Cultural Centre of the Onassis Foundation (107 Syngrou Avenue, Neos Kosmos, Athens)

Dates and Time

Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, and Friday 30 June 2017

Children aged 6 to 8 years old: 10.00-12.00
Children aged 9 to 12 years old: 12.00-14.00


1. Each child must be accompanied by one parent during the entire duration of the workshop.
2. The first meeting of the cycle (26/6/2017) is only addressed to the parents who will accompany the children in the workshop.
3. Participation in all five meetings of the cycle is obligatory. Telephone reservations are required. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.

Participation in the programme is free.

Contact details for reservations and information on the programme
Telephone: 210 3713000

Onassis Foundation in brief
The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975, as specifically outlined in Aristotle Onassis’ will, in order to contribute to crucial aspects of Greek society: health, education, culture, and social solidarity. The efforts and work of the Foundation have consistently aimed (and continue to do so) at ensuring the access of as many people as possible to institutions, opportunities, and services, necessary for social prosperity and cohesion. Its long-term aim has been to release the creative potential of Greek society and ensure a better present and a more optimistic future.

The music workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’ along with the music and visual-arts workshop ‘Come Along! I Draw Musical Notes’ are two among many projects of the Onassis Foundation designed for the important and ‘sensitive’ field of Special Education. For decades the Foundation has supported special schools and integration classes through the donation of books, equipment, and teaching aid in order to facilitate the work of educators. Furthermore, the Foundation’s Scholarship programme, which was established in 1978, includes the field of Special Education for postgraduate studies and doctoral research in universities in Greece and abroad.  

‘Music Loves Autism’ in Brief
This educational workshop was established in February 2013. Since then, 72 workshops have taken place for various age groups at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, as well as in 29 cities throughout Greece. More than 180 children with autism and their families have visited the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, in the context of the workshop; over 450 children and their parents have taken part in workshops throughout Greece. More than 330 people have participated to experiential workshops for adults. From 2014 to 2015, numerous public discussions took place on topics related to the workshops.

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