For the past few years August full moons in Greece have been celebrated with particular reverence, and this year is no exception. The Greek Ministry of Culture unveiled a series of events to coincide with the August full moon on August 18 this year. As every year, ancient sites will be open for the public to visit as well as museums around Greece, free of charge. The public will also be treated to numerous exhibitions, film screenings and poetry recitations in the light of the full moon from August 17 through to August 21.
It is a rare opportunity for visitors to see ancient sites from around Greece bathed in light with sites such as the archaeological theater of Philippon, the Castle of Mystra, and of course favorites near Athens, such as the Temple of Poseidon near Sounion and other museums such as the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum.
Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas expressed gratitude to security guards and other services that have supported this event in the past so that sites could remain open well after closing times. The full moon events give a rare opportunity for people to visit sites they wouldn’t ordinarily visit or see them in a different “light.”
Here are ten from the dozens of events taking place around Greece:
- Archaeological Site of the Great Gods, Samothrace – music by Greek composer Nikos Skalkotas is performed in the light of the full moon, from 20:00-24:00.
- Archaeological Site of Avdiron – a historic walk and night of poetry from 19:00-24:00.
- Archaeological Site of Longos, Edessa in northern Greece – jazz with the Jazz Trio at 21:00
- Ancient Stagira – compositions by great composers such as Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Stavros Xarhakos to be performed on the occasion of the 2,400-year anniversary of Aristotle’s birth. The archaeological site will be open free of charge from 08:00-24:00
- Ioannina Castle /Acropolis – mezzo soprano Alexandra Grava gives a performance at 21:30
- Roman Odeon of Nikopoulos – concert by pianist Chrysa Grenda and violinist Vanessa Athanasiou in a program titled “Melodia Sentimental”
- Archaeological Site Poerna, Ne0 Monastiri – Greek singer Glykeria interprets works by Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis.
- Archaeological site of Delphi – A sculpture exhibition at the entrance of the museum features works by Aphrodite Liti of the Higher School of Fine Arts, while a music event that includes recitation takes place at 20:00 by the Asia Minor of Itea Association.
- Numismatic Museum – Iliou Melathron Mansion, Athens – a concert by Zoe Tiganourioa and her band features traditional music from around Greece and the Mediterranean.
- National Archaeological Museum – Music and dance presentation by the Cuban state television ballet.