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Blue moon celebrations across Greece

Free events and late-night admission to archaeological sites and museums

The August full moon will be celebrated with free events and late-night admission to more than 100 archaeological sites and museums throughout Greece on Wednesday night

(file photo) (file photo) More than 100 archaeological sites and museums across Greece will remain open until late on Wednesday on the occasion of the August full moon.

The celebration, entitled “Under the moonlight” and organised by the culture ministry, will include free events and open access to major sites and museums throughout Greece.

The archaeological sites of the Acropolis and Sounio will not be open after 8pm for safety reasons due to ongoing maintenance works, but visitors can still enjoy a view of the Temple of Poseidon from an adjacent hill.

The Athens Municipality's Philarmonic Orchestra will give a free concert on Filopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, starting at 9.30pm.

Also in Athens, the National Archaeological Museum will offer free admission to “The Antikythera Shipwreck” exhibition from 8pm to 11pm.

There will be live music in the garden of the Numismatic Museum of Athens starting at 9pm and featuring Greek musicians Lina Nikolakopoulou and Argyro Kaparou.

In the wider Attica area, visits to the archaeological site at Amphiareion will be accompanied by recordings of orchestral music, while singers Vasilis Lekkas and Melina Kana will be performing at the archaeological site in Elefsina.

Federico Garcia Lorca's “Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejitas” will be heard across the southern Aegean, as a number of islands will be bridged through recorded readings of the poem, delivered by actors Andy Garcia in 1996, Manos Katrakis in 1971 and Nikos Pergialis in the 1950s.

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