This Saturday, on August 13 all Greece will celebrate the Feast of the August full moon. This tradition started at the beginning of the last century in Athens, when during the August full moon citizens went to the Acropolis to admire the view of the city at night in light of the full moon. Now the festival has acquired greater scope and significance, and it is the only day of the year, when the people of Greece and tourists can quite easily (and with rare exception for free) visit historical museums and archaeological sites at night.
This year in the action will take part more than 80 museums and archaeological sites throughout Greece. For the holiday guests will be organized a great entertainment program: will be held musical and theatrical performances, themed tours and archaeological movie showings. And all this will be available in the open air at night. Unfortunately, this year Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio will remain unavailable for the tourists, as they are now under reconstruction.
Similar events are held in other countries (Italy, Spain, France), but in Greece the August full moon is celebrated as a special holiday. Last year it was attended by about 100 thousand tourists and local residents, and the Acropolis Museum Director Dimitris Padermalis called the night of museums "an excellent cocktail of culture".
August full moon program in 2011 includes the following activities. In Athens, at Dionysius the Areopagite Street will be held a concert of the popular Greek composer Mimis Plessas. In Thessaloniki near the Archaeological Museum will play "En hordes" band. In Preveza at archaeological site Necromantiu will be organized a night concert of classical music. In the Temple of Apollo Epicurean in Elea guests will be able to enjoy a theatrical performance "Andromache" by Euripides, performed by the Greek theater "Ehmi". And this is only a small part of cultural events planned for the August full moon night.