Stretching from Brooklyn's waterfront to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Onassis Cultural Center New York's spring festival—Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes—spans New York City in search of birds, both allegorical and real, from April-July, 2018. The festival's centerpiece is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy The Birdsperformed at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn from May 2-13. 

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Let's Walk

During the run of the most recent exhibition - March 9 through June 24, 2017 - a series of peripatetic conversations took place in the gallery for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD. Discussions focused on the intersections of art, literature, and philosophy in light of the art on view. An eclectic group of guests—from poets and writers to actors and art critics to classicists and scientists—wandered through the exhibition and engaged in insightful conversations inspired by the artifacts.   

Simon Critchley and Angelos Chaniotis, March 23 - Photo Gallery

Simon Critchley and Fiona Shaw, March 29 - Photo Gallery & Video

John Freeman and Lawrence Joseph, April 6 - Photo GalleryAudio

Simon Critchley and Peter Meineck, April 13 - Photo Gallery & Audio 

John Freeman and Garnette Cadogan, May 4 - Photo Gallery & Audio

Simon Critchley and Judith Thurman, May 11 - Photo Gallery & Audio

Simon Critchley and Michael Bierut, May 25 - Photo Gallery

Family Sundays at Onassis 

Integral to the Onassis Festival NY and annual exhibition, Family Sundays at Onassis amplify and extend programmatic themes. This is a day for creativity and all-out fun. Family Sundays at Onassis are designed for children ages 5 through 12 and their families, but the whole family is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Kali diaskedasi! (that’s Greek for have fun!)

Onassis Festival NY

This annual festival of arts and ideas, inaugurated in 2015, explores the contemporary relevance of the classical tradition through adventurous programs and newly commissioned artworks. These cultural initiatives foster important collaborations between Greek and American artists. Music, dance, talks, film, theater and more occur over the course of days for audiences of all ages. Important characters from Greek myth, and the messages they communicate through time, lay the foundation for festival themes. The first two festivals drew from the myths of Narcissus and Antigone.

Onassis Symposium

Think and drink with the greatest minds in the world! This annual Symposium is designed for lively, convivial conversation and rejuvenates the ancient Greek tradition of wine and thoughtful discussion with world-renowned thinkers, artists, writers, and philosophers. The following symposia have taken place in the Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery:


Drawing from Greek tradition and veering into exploratory new directions, Onassis Cultural Center New York music concerts are popular events. Watch and listen to recent concerts below.

Guided Exhibition Tours

Guided tours of A World of Emotions, took place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 1 PM, and added deeper context to the exhibition. Tours were led by scholars and were free of charge. 

Exhibition School Tours

Open students' eyes and minds to art exhibitions through guided exhibition school tours for grades 3 - 12. School tours are free and available by reservation during exhibitions by contacting

Grades 3-8: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 am–12 pm

Grades 9-12Monday through Friday: 10 am–12 pm