Music loves autism / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Music loves autism

Groups of children, from within and outside the spectrum of autism, take up the ‘beat’, composing an interactive symphony of togetherness.

NOV 2018 – MAY 2019
For kindergarten and primary school children
Communication without words͢—that is, music. In this workshop, sounds and musical instruments help kids free up their emotions and develop their social skills.
Cost: Free admission
It may be the saxophone, the piano, or the recorder; in this well-received educational programme by the Onassis Foundation, music becomes a ‘language of communication’, over and above the spoken and written word, as groups of children from within and outside the spectrum of autism come into contact with sounds and musical instruments.

The programme, which has been run for six years in Athens and four in other parts of Greece, aims to promote equal access to learning and play.

The workshop includes specially designed musical activities that are adapted to the particular needs and skills of the children taking part. Kids come into creative contact with musical sounds and get to know the various musical instruments. Music is thus used as a means for communication and interaction, with special emphasis given to the development of non-verbal communication skills.

The aim is for kids belonging to the broad spectrum of autism to get an experience of teamwork and become part of a team, thus giving free rein to their creativity.


Thodoris Iosifidis: Pianist
Georgia Papamichail: Specialist educator
Christina Papandreou: Pianist
Spyros Souladakis: Pianist
Dimitra Toka: Specialist educator
Dimitris Tsakas: Saxophone player
Guido De Flaviis: Saxophone player

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Addressed to:
Kindergarten and primary school children

November 2018 – May 2019


Special Kindergartens and Special Primary Schools in Attica and the regions, as well as at the Onassis Cultural Centre (Stegi).

Cost: Free admission

Terms and conditions:
Each child to be accompanied by one parent only. In some cases, participation of first-degree relatives such as siblings may be allowed.
The first meeting of each cycle to be attended only by parents who will be accompanying their children to the workshop.
Participation in all meetings of each cycle is mandatory.

Application and selection procedure: Applications for participation to be submitted at, by 15 October 2018. Outcome of applications to be communicated by 1 November 2018.
For programmes to be run outside of Athens, the application has to be submitted by the Principal of each school unit.

Experiential workshops for teachers will be run during the programme, each workshop consisting of a two-hour stand-alone session.

Wednesdays 21 & 28 November 2018
17.00- 19.00 & 19.00 – 21.00 

Wednesdays 13 & 20 February 2019
17.00- 19.00 & 19.00 – 21.00 

Place: Onassis Stegi

Reservation and more info:
T: 210 3713000
Booking required, at 
Booking requests will be treated on a first-come first-served basis.