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August full moon: sites around Attica to stay open

August full moon: sites around Attica to stay open

Many of the Greek capital's museums and archaeological sites will remain open to the public tomorrow night in celebration of the August full moon.

The Acropolis Museum will stay open until midnight as the Hellenic Air Force Band performs music from films and by Greek composers in the courtyard, undelr the moonlight. Admission to the concert and the museum premises is free of charge after 9 p.m.

There will also be free concerts in the garden of the Numismatic Museum, at the site of Ancient Eleusis and at the Archaeological Museum of Vravrona, east of Athens.

Classical pieces inspired by the work of Sophocles, Shakespeare, Lorca and other celebrated writers will be performed at the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, while there will also be a concert on the Averoff Warship Museum at Flisvos Marina in Palaio Faliro on Athens's southern coast.

The unique Odysseus Elytis poems will mark the events hosted by several archaeological sites and museums in Cyclades, the islands of Northeastern Aegean as well as Delphi to celebrate the night of the full moon on August

On moonrise, a recorded recitation of an extract from Elytis' renowned "Axion Esti", read out by the poet himself, will be simultaneously heard across the event sites of the Cycladic islands, Ikaria, Lesvos, Limnos, Samos, Chios, Psarra as well as the archaeological site of Delphi in a symbolic attempt to "bridge" those places and their people.

The archaeological sites and museums that participate in the full moon celebrations in several parts of Greece will be open to public from 21.00 to 24.00, while admission will be free of charge. Most sites will host events held in cooperation with local organizations, cultural associations and volunteers.