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Free Concerts for the Full Moon at Monuments Across Greece

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Besides the special performance by the Hellenic Air Force Band at the Acropolis Museum, monuments across Greece will celebrate the August full moon with free concerts for the public on Friday.

Like each year, the Ministry of Culture and Sports offers free admission to archaeological sites, museums, and monuments on the night of the idyllic last full moon of the summer.

In addition to the music events listed below, another fifty-five archeological sites, historical sites, museums, and monuments throughout the country will remain open to the public with free entry until midnight.

Free Music Events in Northern Greece

In Thrace, concerts will be held at the archaeological sites of Zone in Alexandroupolis and Kali Vrisi in Drama. Pianist Panagiota Kontogiannis will perform for “The dark scarlet moon above the deep golden river” at Pythion Castle in Evros.

The Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki will host their respective concerts as will the archaeological museum of Aiani in Kozani.

The cities of Kastoria and Florina in Western Macedonia will each present a music event at the Tsiatsiapa Mansion and the Hellenistic City, respectively. In Pieria, a concert will be hosted at the Middle Byzantine episcopal complex of Kitros in ancient Pydna.

In Epirus, music events will take place at the Castle of Ioannina and at the archeological sites of Pasarona in Megalo Gardiki of the Municipality of Zitsa and Elea, Thesprotia.

At the ancient theatre of Nicopolis in Preveza, a local theater group will perform Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca, and, at the ancient stadium of Dodoni, acclaimed Greek artist Orfeas Peridis will be on concert.

Mainland landmarks under the August full moon

At the Byzantine Castle of Fanari in Karditsa, Thessaly, a musical performance will take visitors on a journey through the history of rembetiko from Asia Minor to mainland Greece. Music events will liven up the arched bridge of Pyli in Trikala, the Castle of Velika, and the archeological site of Azoros in Larisa.

The archeological museums of Lamia and Atalanti in central Greece will host their own music events. Renowned Greek musician Pantelis Thalassinos will be on concert at the Acropolis of Ancient Proerna in the area of New Monastery. A music and poetry event will take place at the archeological site of Amphiareio, Kalamos in Oropos.

A thematic concert commemorating the centennial of the destruction of Smyrna will be presented at the Numismatic Museum of Athens. The Municipality of Galatsi has its own concert planned at the Byzantine Church of St George, also known as Omorphokklesia.

In the Peloponnese, the Αncient Τheatre of Mantineia in Arkadia will resonate with music from the Italian south, Balkan folk polyphony, American blues, Portuguese fado and Greek rebetiko. A musical event and dance act will take place at the Temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth.

At the archeological museum of Patras, an artistic folk symphony orchestra will perform with children of emigrant Greeks in South Africa. The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius in Ilia, as well as the archaeological site of New Pleuron in Aetoloakarnania, will host separate concerts for the full moon.

Full moon concerts on the Greek islands

People in Corfu will be able to enjoy music and dance performance by Pontic Greeks at the Collonade of the Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

In Cephalonia, the children’s choir of the Municipality of Sami will sing in front of the town’s newly founded archaeological museum opened in August 2021.

Soprano Eleftheria Zaraki will join pianist Louisa Koula and clarinetist Panagiotis Papadimitriou for a concert “Inspired by the Moon” at the garden of the archeological museum of Rhodes.

A varied repertoire is provided in Crete with free performances ranging from jazz music at Gortyna to a tribute to Vassilis Tsitsanis at Tilisos and piano for two voices at the Late Minoan Cemetery of Armeni, Rethymno. Acclaimed performers Kostas Makedonas and Evanthia Remboutsika will be on concert at Malia and the archeological site of Rocca, Kissamos, respectively.

In the area of the North Aegean, free music events will be held at the archaeological sites of Thermi on Lesbos and Archontiki on Psara.

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