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.
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 end weekend of the Miaoulia Festival is calculated as the weekend closest to 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 if the 24th is a Thursday, the final fireworks etc., would be on Saturday the 26th. But if the 24th lands on a Tuesday then the fireworks would most likely be held on the 29th. It can be a little confusing! But generally because of following events, it always ends up being the 4th weekend of June, not the last (5th) weekend.
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.
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.