Our imprint on culture
Supporting activities that highlight the National Heritage and promote culture has always been an integral part of our bank's social policy.
The multidimensional cultural and historical presence of the Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece
Our Historical Archive was created in 1938 to preserve and promote the historically significant archival material of the National Bank of Greece, for which the bank has shown particular care since its Foundation. Thus, today it possesses a complete historical archive whose chronological boundaries are almost identical to the existence of the modern Greek state.
For more information, you can visit the Historical Archives website.
The timeless value and multifaceted action of the "Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece."
In 1966, under the administration of Georgios Mavros, the National Bank of Greece (NBG), in the context of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of its Foundation, decided to create an educational-cultural institution to contribute to the development of letters, sciences, and the fine arts. The National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation was established by Decree 311 on 1 April 1966.
For more information, you can visit the Foundation's website
With significant actions and activities in all areas of cultural creation, we dedicate a substantial percentage of our sponsorship budget each year, supporting efforts that promote the History, Arts, Customs, and the intellectual output of our country.
- We help support activities and events (music, visual, and performing arts).
- We support with sponsorships the preservation and promotion of historical and cultural events, the maintenance and restoration of monuments, and the realization of archaeological excavations.
- We sponsor publishing initiatives of cultural and historical interest.
More in the ESG Report 2020.
Museum of Angelos Sikelianos
We bought the Angelos Sikelianos house and financed the restoration and museological studies for its conversion into the Angelos Sikelianos Museum. We undertook and supervised the implementation of the studies and handed it over to the Municipality of Lefkada as a model museum of international standards.
In April 2007, we bought and transferred to the Municipality of Lefkada the house of Angelos Sikelianos.
One year later, we undertook the support of the Municipality of Lefkada by deciding to donate the total funding for the restoration and transformation of the house into a museum.
In November 2014, we proceeded with implementing the restoration and transformation of the building into a museum based on the special building and museum studies. Today, we hand over the project to the Municipality of Lefkada.
The excellent management of the sponsorship led to producing a larger project. The decision of the Management in March 2017 includes the donation and the renovation of the garden theatre 'Angelos Sikelianos' of about 200 sq.m. adjacent to where the great Maria Callas had sung.
It is the first museum in Greece, not just a museum of memorabilia. The internationally renowned literary personality of the Lefkadian poet, who was nine times nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, is presented and analyzed in step with his life. The museological approach is scientifically sound yet human and intimate.
The above action was awarded at the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2018 with a Gold distinction, in the category "Culture/Sports."
The 1821 - 2021 Initiative and the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution
Because of our history, which is closely linked to the creation of the Greek state and our philhellenic founders, we addressed the 15 charitable and cultural institutions concerning their work and their contribution to creating a focus of common ground for the celebration of our National Regeneration.
The "1821-2021 Initiative" (www.protovoulia21.gr) aims to highlight how the anniversary of the Revolution should be an occasion for national reflection, based on the axiom that history is a source of inspiration for the future. In this spirit, planning actions and events to celebrate our National Regeneration in Greece and abroad, such as exhibitions and musical events, educational and research programs, and scholarships, will be implemented in the three years 2020 -2022.