Bios is a non-profit cultural organization, established in 2002, with the main ambition to support and promote cultural expression and learning through arts, as well as shaping of the urban environment. We continuously curate and produce innovative events such as concerts, performances, exhibitions, educational programs, installations, festivals, seminars, workshops and creative platforms.
As one of the leading organizations in today’s cultural production in Athens, we have consciously placed our activities in the abandoned historical center, in three main locations: Bios. Pireos84, Romantso and Latraac. The restoring of Bios.Pireos84 and Romantso as well as the complete transformation of the old yard that became Latraac, has had a radical effect in the area’s reformation as they became poles of cultural attraction.
Bios is also one of the funding members of the first European Creative Hubs Network, a peer-led network with a mission to enhance the creative, economic and social impact of hubs around Europe and neighboring countries. As focal points for creative professionals and businesses, hubs offer the most effective way to support the growth and development of cultural and creative industries.
After 18 years of bold presence, Bios organization keeps evolving and remains commited in its vision for making art accesible to everyone in a vibrant cultural city center.
Bios organization was born by two people that were involved in design, perfomative arts, music and new technologies. It started out as the first festival of experimental electronic music in Athens, BIOS 01.
The establishment of Bios.Pireos84 & The birth of Bios organization
The festival quickly came in need of a basis, so it settled at the building of Pireos.84 in 2002. The former factory was restored to its original state and became a cultural center that soon became the talk of the town for producing the most unconventional and exciting events in Athens.
The success of Bios.Pireos84’s events had another radical effect on the area - the street of Pireos and its surroundings became full of life and triggered the creation of a series of cultural venues in the area, contributing siginificantly in the areas reformation.
This was the birth of Bios organization. In its early years of its existence, the origanization focused on arts and their relationship with new technologies and media.
The first creative hub in Athens
Bios organization acknowledged very early the creation of communities as the feature for creatives and the need for their active support.
In 2014, we established the first creative hub in Athens, Romantso. The building that used to host the printer house of the omonymous magazine was strategically chosen as it is located in a neglected spot in the historical center of Athens near Omonoia. We injected new life to the building and to the area always respecting the original architecture and the diversity that now characterizes this neighboorhood.
Romantso soon became the meeting point for creatives and cultural professionals, artists and anyone interested in arts and creative industries in general.
Taking it one step further – European Creative Hubs Network & Latraac
In 2016, Bios organization cooperated with Goethe Institut and the British Council for a project on creative hubs. The project became a network and Bios was one of its funding members. Today the network has 65 members and it operates from Bios.Pireos84.
The same year, we made another important step towards the revival of the center - Latraac was created. An old yard in the area of Kerameikos was transformed into a social garden.
We celebrate our past and invest in our creative future. We will continue to expand our efforts for a better urban environment in which arts can thrive and we wish to keep an open dialogue with Europe as well.
Read about our vision.
During our multiannual presence, we have developed an extensive network of collaborations which includes educational and cultural institutions from Greece, Europe and all over the world including: