If you love the bright full moon of August with its special orange-red colour and its romantic, nostalgic, mysterious aura that excites the senses, then this year you can enjoy it twice over. This is because of the rare phenomenon of the double full moon, also known as the “blue moon”, which occurs every two to three years.
On the 1st and 31st of August 2023, the August full moon will be celebrated with many events, music and an endless summer mood.
We have chosen two places in Attica for you to decide the setting for the brightest August night:
“Tango Acropolis” – Full Moon in Argentinian rhythms with a view of the Sacred Rock
The Acropolis Museum celebrates the August full moon on Tuesday 1 August 2023 with the music and dance event “Tango Acropolis” in the courtyard of the Museum at 21.00. The evening, which takes place under the auspices of the Embassy of Argentina, will begin with choreographies by leading and internationally renowned tango dancers. This will be followed by a presentation by the three-piece orchestra “ConEstiloTango” with tributes to the great musicians of the Golden Age, such as Astor Piazzola, Osvaldo Pugliese, Juan d’ Arienzo and others. The sounds of the orchestra will be accompanied by professional and amateur tango dancers who will transform the courtyard of the Museum into a large dance floor. Participants: Nikos Papadimitriou (piano), Lefteris Grivas (bandoneon), Leah Selalmazidi (violin). On this day, the Museum will remain open until midnight with free entrance from 20.00, so that you can tour the exhibition areas, enjoy the view of the Sacred Rock under the moonlight of the night sky and have lunch if you wish at the restaurant on the second floor.
“Small Festival for Big Moon” … escape from the routine with a classical mood in Nea Makri
Enjoy the August full moon peeking out from behind the mountains of Evia as you relax on the Brexiza beach of Nea Makri to the sounds of harp, flute, guitar and other strings.
A unique setting in the place where the Battle of Marathon took place, Herod Atticus built his baths (Valaneion) and the Sanctuary of Egyptian Deities. In this historic location, the Cultural and Educational Association MITOS organizes for the 5th year the “Small Festival for Big Moon”, “celebrating” every summer month the full moon, culminating in August.
On August 1, music for flute and harp is scheduled with the renowned soloist Maria Bildea, who was brought to our country by Manos Hadjidakis and plays with a harp donated by Vangelis Papathanasiou, and Iphigenia Spiliotopoulou on flute.
For the 31 August, while the blue moon, as the double full moon is called, is rising, music is planned for a string quintet with guitar, with the leading violinist John Stratakis. As soon as it gets dark, take your chairs, mats, pillows, insect repellent and anything else you need and live this unique experience on the sand, away from the routine of everyday life, with the sea breeze cooling you down.