THE CREATIVE HUBRomantso’s creative hub offers office spaces for rent together with a variety of services aimed at start-up companies and young entrepreneurs within the creative industry. The building has gradually grown into a vibrant melting pot for young creatives that provides both private and shared working spaces, as well as many other facilities.
THE CULTURAL CENTERRomantso’s cultural center organizes and hosts music performances, art exhibitions, seminars, workshops, presentations and lectures accessible to a wide range of audiences. Its purpose is to reactivate an abandoned part of the historical center of the city, which used to house the creative core of urban life several years ago.
For more than 60 years, “Romantso” magazine was based in Anaxagora’s street printing building, alongside other popular magazines from the 50s until the 80s, such as “Pantheon” and “Vendeta”.
“Romantso” magazine plays an important role in the Greek-post-war magazine history. It was initially launched on the 17th of November 1934, with novel-length stories in each issue, based on the American pulp magazines’ structure. This is where the term “romantso” derived from, it translates to “novel”.
“Romantso’s” glory days took place in 1956, when its price dropped from six drachmas to three, selling more than 300,000 issues per week, unapproachable figures for a weekly Greek magazine nowadays. “Romantso” reached Greek people all over the world and carried along all the characteristics and lifestyle of the first post-war, middle class generation. Though when it was later converted from a popular, mass magazine to a lifestyle one, its sales dropped dramatically leading to the magazine's shut-down.
Romantso’s building has been restored in collaboration with “someOFnine” architectural office, with the aim of removing all the unnecessary elements added during its innumerable years of operation and to come nearer the building’s original architectural form. The marble staircase was restored, the open-air back part of the building is being transformed into an urban garden and the skylights that run the entire building are now its bright trade mark.
Some of nine is a group of young architects active in the fields of landscape design, interior and graphic design, and architecture. With offices in Athens, Greece and Mondovi, Italy the group aspires to multidisciplinary collaborations and to the formation of an active network of young creative professionals.
“someOFnine” architectural office (someofnine.com)
Romantso’s members work day after day in a creative environment that fosters professional networking and cooperation, without turning this into a forced condition.The creative hub offers private offices and co-working spaces for rent, providing all the necessary facilities that a young individual or company needs from the start of its operations.
The cultural center functions on a daily basis presenting a variety of activities for and from the city’s people and the incubator’s members, offering a wide range of events related to urban life, music, performances, visual arts, food, discussions, presentations and exhibitions.
Visitors and members of Romantso’s creative hub can participate in the cultural center’s activities or just relax and socialize with friends and colleagues at the café. A vibrant venue of artistic creation welcoming and involving the wider public in an open dialogue, aiming to influence the Athenian arts scene.
BIOS cultural organization was founded in 2001 as the first audiovisual festival that focused on electronic music and delivered it to the Greek audience: BIOS01. Two festival editions later and being in need of a permanent basis for its programming, BIOS Tesla settled in Peiraios 84 building, creating a brand new form of venue for Athenian standards which presented events that introduced urban culture to the wider public.
Aiming to promote contemporary art and its engagement with new media and technology, but also trying to highlight the interconnectedness between artistic fields, BIOS has presented and curated an impressive amount of events throughout the past 13 years...
...including concerts, theatre performances, screenings, exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, festivals and creative platforms, among others.
Nowadays, BIOS Tesla’s building is seen as a meeting point within the city and is characterized by the public and important institutions as "An innovative venue in Athens that has continuously been shaping the city’s artistic life during the past decade."
Romantso is not just another BIOS Tesla. However, its cultural offering is structured with the same standards that made BIOS a synonym of artistic expression.