The Acropolis Museum in Athens is set to celebrate the August full moon on Friday, August 12th with free entry after 9 pm and a special music performance by the historic Hellenic Air Force Band.
Joined by singers Elena Orfanidi and Aggelos Mousikas, the military band will perform Greek songs about the moon, soundtracks, and famous melodies from abroad at the museum’s entrance courtyard at 9 pm under the baton of Major Alexandros Litsardopoulos.
On this occasion, the museum will remain open from 8 am to 12 midnight with free entry for all visitors from 9 pm onwards, allowing visitors the opportunity to stroll through the galleries to enjoy the view of the Acropolis under the moonlight.
A special menu created for the August full moon will be also available for customers of the museum’s restaurant on Friday, August 12th, and Saturday, August 13th.
Historic Band Performance
The Hellenic Air Force Band, formally known as the Air Force Music Flight, was founded in 1947 and is one of three primary military bands in the Hellenic Armed Forces. Its mission is to provide musical support to various events of military, social, cultural, religious, and recreational nature.
It consists of senior and junior officers, all of whom are expert musicians, graduates of various conservatories in Greece who were admitted into the ranks of the Air Force on exams.
The band is famous for its participation in worldwide music festivals and army band competitions, as well as for leading the parade on 5th Avenue in New York in honor of Greek Independence Day on March 25th.
August full moon celebrations at Greek historical sites
A total of 105 archaeological sites, historical sites, museums, and monuments throughout the country will welcome the public under the light of the full moon in August, the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports says in an announcement.
Events will be held at fifty archaeological sites and museums, and 55 of these will remain open to the public with free entry.
This year’s schedule will include events on August 11th, as well as on August 13th, August 19th to August 20th, and on August 27th.
While music is the main focus, there will also be theater and dance performances, poetry evenings, screenings, and stargazing and guided tours, many of which will be held in collaboration with the local government and cultural associations.