Miaoulia Festival - June - celebrated in Hydra Island


So named for one of Hydra's more colourful Greek Patriots, Admiral Andreas Miaoulis.


A statue of him guards the entrance to the harbour and the main arterial street from the harbour up to the area known as Kala Pigadi is named after him.


PROGRAM Miaoulia 2017


Thursday, June 15
General Bunting public and private shops, houses and ships by the morning of June 15 until sunset on 26 June.

Saturday, June 17
09: 00-12: 30 & 17: 00-20: 30: 13th blood donation to strengthen the Blood Bank of the Municipality of Hydra in Kouloureio Hospital "Panagia Faneromeni".

Sunday, June 18th
Chess Workshop from Hydra Chess Club Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra
10:30: Masterclass-Chess Lesson and Talk the Champion GM Greece Thanos Mastrovasilis. 
13:30: Demonstration Chess Match "SIMOULTANE" with GM Thanos Mastrovasilis. 
17:00: "HYDRA 2017" 1st Open Tournament RAPID .

Monday, June 19
Children's Illustration bubble
20:00 The artistic team LA PETITE MARGUERITE creates an interactive performance, a themed show full of huge soap bubbles that animates and energizes the imagination and dream. At the port.

Tuesday, June 20
11:00: thrice in memory of Mayor and Historical Antonios Lignos in front of the bust of I.A.M.Y

Wednesday, June 21
20:00 Opening Group Exhibition Painters Hydra at the Melina Mercouri hall. 
21.00: Shows Traditional Karate and Self-Defense, the sections of the Association "The Fist of Hydra", the port of Hydra. Event Manager: Giannis Prapas, Karate teacher.

Thursday 22 June
21:00: Event «So you think you can jazz» of the sections of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, the port of Hydra. Choreography-Musical Director: Lina Orologa, dance teacher.

Friday, June 23
20:30: Opening exhibition of Greek and foreign artists «Gestalt» in Sachtoureio Hydra Old Gymnasium. 
Editor: Dimitris Antonitsis

21.00 : Concert with Glykeria the port of Hydra. 
Artistic Director: Stelios Fotiadis

Saturday 24 June
11.30: Representative Jack Navy and a warship will take part in the festivities, Kavos. 
18.30: Transfer of Likithos the heart of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis of the Historical Archives-Museum, at the Holy Dormition Cathedral Hydra. 
20.30: Reception of dignitaries at City Hall by the Mayor and City Council members. 
21.30: Start-Presentation happening. 
21.45: Mayor Hydra, George E. Koukoudaki. 
22.00: Battle Reenactment Elder and burning Ottoman frigate. Audiovisual happening. 
Curator Artistic Direction: Panagiotis Tzamarias. 
English translation and presentation: Mary Georgakopoulou. 
Participate voluntarily: Hydra captain, boat owners, dance groups Y.N.O.

Combustion fireworks (courtesy ANGELIKI FRAGOU)

Sunday 25 June
0700: peal of the island's churches. 
Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral, celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina Mr. Efraim.

08.00: Raising the flag at the Castle.

10.30: Praise the Holy Cathedral of the Assumption.

11.00: Memorial service and wreath laying at the statue of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis Castle. 
Return of the pycnometer with the Heart of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, the Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra. 
11.30: Awarding of prizes from Adrianna Nikoloudi-Spanos students VDimotikou School of Hydra, in memory of diatelesantos Director George Nikoloudis, the Melina Mercouri hall. 
12.00: Jump of Official Pier in the Merchant Marine Academy Hydra. 
Throwing a wreath into the sea in honor of the Battle of 1821 keynote cannon. 
Recoil National Anthem.

21.30: Music and dance event, with our country customs, the dance sections of Hydra Nautical Club and the Center for Greek Dances "Dodoni". 
Program Manager: Giorgos Gkolemis, dance teacher.

EVENT SPONSORS: Navios Maritime Holdings, Hydra Public Benefit Foundation and Maria Stylianou Vetimi, ANT1, Attica, Evermore Cruises

Admiral Miaoulis life celebrated by Hydra Island Greece during the Miaoulia Festival held annually in June Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, lithograph by Karl Krazeisen, 1831.

On Hydra, the Miaoulia Festival has developed from a single day celebration to over a week of activities and events culminating in a re-enactment of the sinking of the Ottomon Empire flag ship in the gulf just outside Hydra Harbour (including a massive firework display) on the Saturday with a more sombre wreath laying church service closing the festival on the Sunday.


Admiral Miaoulis died on the 24th June 1835, and this day has been celebrated in Hydra as an annual event to commemorate his life, along with others, for the important role he played during the Greek War of Independence.

The date of the Miaoulia Festival is calculated as the weekend following the 24th June and then worked backwards to get the start date which is dependent on how many days will be needed for the number of activities the Festivals Committee of the Municipality can book. So for 2017 the re-enactment and fireworks will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017.


There it blows. Miaoulia re-enactment of the sinking of the Ottoman Empire flag ship to commemorate the efforts of Hydra's patriots during the Greek war of independence. Hydra Island Greece, June 2015.

Posted by Kelsey J Edwards on Saturday, 27 June 2015


Historically, Miaoulia Festival was a fairly blood-thirsty reminder of the Greeks seeing off the Ottoman Empire during the revolution. Today, it is an opportunity for Hydra to celebrate all that is good about this small tight-knit community and showcases everything from traditional dance to ballet performances, circus acts and choral works, as well as parades, art shows and for this year, tributes to some of our citizens and people associated with Hydra who have had a significantly positive impact for the island. For 2015, Leonard Cohen was honoured as was Melina Mercouri.


But of course, while the emphasis is on more positive and productive art and cutural aspects of how the island has been shaped and influenced by its history, it has to be said that everyone looks forward the the thrill of the last Saturday night explosions.


Miaoulis Mission Accomplished!

Pan's mission accomplished. Safe for another year! Re-enactment of the sinking of the Ottoman Empire Flag ship by Hydriot Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, during the the Greek War of Independence;

Posted by Kelsey J Edwards on Saturday, 27 June 2015

Some historical facts about Andreas Miaoulis


Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, (born 1769, Negropont, Euboea, Greece—died June 24, 1835, Athens), was a Greek patriot who successfully commanded the Greek revolutionary naval forces during the Greek War of Independence (1821–30).


Miaoulis acquired a considerable fortune from his wheat-shipping business during the Napoleonic Wars and devoted it to the Greek struggle for independence against the Turks.


In 1822 he was given command of the principal Greek naval forces and between May 1825 and January 1826 defeated the Turks in engagements off Modon, Cape Matapan, Suda, and Cape Papas.


After the war he led a faction of the influential pro-English party; later his opposition to the pro-Russian president of Greece, Ioánnis Kapodístrias, and support for the antigovernment rebels of the isle of Hydra moved him to seize the government naval arsenal at Poros (July 27, 1831) and burn the government fleet (Aug. 13, 1831).


He later served on the commission that offered the Greek crown to Prince Otto (later called Otho) of Bavaria and was made vice admiral shortly before his death.


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