Foundation of the Hellenic World
The Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), which was envisioned, founded and funded by the family of Lazaros Efraimoglou. Its mission is the preservation of Hellenic history and tradition, the creation of an awareness of the universal dimension of Hellenism and the promotion of its contribution to cultural evolution.
FHW's innovative character has already been revealed in its Statutes, one of which prescribes that the materialization of the objectives be based on the possibilities offered by new technologies. As a result, from the very beginning and at the same time as trying to find a place for the creation of the cultural centre, the Foundation's administration put the Internet to use and presented to the Greek and international community the first Greek web sites of historical content. At the same time, it created a pioneering laboratory of three-dimensional reconstructions, the first project of which, presented as a documentary, received the 1st Prize at the Amiens Festival of Archaeological Films. This was only the beginning in a series of programmes that were enriched or designed later, in the two new premises owned by the Foundation.
The area is being continuously reshaped in order to cover the increasing needs of the Cultural Centre. Therefore, Building 7, which was inaugurated in 2004 and is a multifunctional cultural area that has hosted various events, from exhibitions and educational programmes to conferences and seminars, will be replaced by a new building improved both aesthetically and functionally. In March 2006 the construction of the “Tholos” was completed, a building that houses the most perfect, presently, Virtual Reality system of Hellenic Cosmos with a capacity of 130 people. It is a building of exceptional aesthetic value with unique technological infrastructure, which hosts the Foundation’s digital collections. The “Tholos” resembles a planetarium regarding its natural and morphological characteristics. But essentially their only common element is the semi-spherical shape of the projection surface.
On March 20th 2008 the "Theatron" was inaugurated, a building for numerous uses, with a capacity of 1,100 people. With its main characteristics multiformity and flexibility it can house the most demanding productions, regarding the arrangement of space and technological equipment. Its technical specifications follow the highest standards, while the audiovisual infrastructure is unique in Greece. The stage technologies allow the creation of virtual sets and incorporating happenings into them. The "THEATRON" also possesses complete and ultramodern conference infrastructure and possibility to support live connections of image and sound. It has an ambition to house the contemporary Greek artistic expression, hosting various events, from theatrical and dance performances to exhibitions and conferences.
During its operation Hellenic Cosmos has presented numerous activities, which include exhibitions, educational programmes, Virtual Reality programmes, and documentaries produced by FHW.
At the Cultural Centre's museum shops a variety of FHW products are displayed, such as books, CD-ROMs and documentaries. At the Cyber Hall, people of all ages have the possibility to navigate through FHW's web sites, which provide historical information as well as clever games of historical and educational content.