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The Sani Festival

International artists come together in celebration of music

The Sani Festival returns to the Sani Resort, Greece, from 6 July to 17 August 2019.

Now in its 27th year, the festival features jazz, classical, Cuban rhythms, opera and the best of Greek music plus Le Cirque Invisible, a family spectacle featuring Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin, who spins captivating stories through pantomime, circus and mime. 

Music lovers can enjoy the diverse array of performances while enjoying balmy summer evenings on Sani Hill.

Distinguished contemporary jazz pianist Christian Sands to open the show on 6 July 2019.

Christian Sands - Sani Festival

Christian Sands

Still in his 20s, the American musician has worked with Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. Jazz on the Hill continues 13 July 2019 with jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who plays with his band Sky Trio and Greek artists Maria Farantouri, Takis Farazis and Sokratis Sinopoulos

Charles Lloyd - Sani Festival

Charles Lloyd

Classical Waves opens on 20 July 2019 with critically acclaimed pianist, Joachim Horsely, who plays a reformulation of great classical music through to Afro-Caribbean rhythms inspired by Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela. Joachim has collaborated with artists such as John Legend, Ben Folds and Michael Bublé, and created multiple scores for films and TV series.

Classical Waves returns on 7 August 2019 with an evening of opera, welcoming Greek soprano Sophia Kyanidou and tenor Dimitris Paksoglou, accompanied by the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki’s chamber orchestra ContraTempo.

The show to excite all the family, the Family Spectacle, takes place on 26-27 July 2019. Le Cirque Invisible’s core creators are Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin and granddaughter of Eugene O’Neill. Thierrée’s eccentricities, and surreal magic tricks are in perfect contrast to Chaplin’s artful transformations on stage.

Le Cirque Invisible - Sani Greece

Le Cirque Invisible

International Sounds on Saturday 3 August 2019 welcomes Gunhild Carling, the Swedish jazz singer, lyricist and talented musician. Carling is renowned for her ability to play many different instruments on stage simultaneously, putting on a performance guaranteed to transform the place into one big party. 

Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

Greek Variations is back Saturday 10 August 2019Dionysis Savvopoulos, a leading Greek songwriter marks the 50th anniversary of ’69 with a musical tribute to the Woodstock festival. The show features emblematic music from artists such as Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, The Who and Joan Baez.

Dionysis Savvopoulos

Dionysis Savvopoulos

To close the Sani Festival on 17 August 2019, Greek Variations welcome Alkistis Protopsalti who live streams with her audience, as well as appearing on stage with Nikos Portokaloglou in their first performance together.  

Alkistis Protopsalti

Alkistis Protosalti

Which hotels are convenient for Sani Festival?

Which is the nearest airport for Sani?

Thessaloniki Airport is 45 miles (72 km) from Sani and takes around 50 minutes to drive.

About Sani Resort, Halkidiki

Sani Resort is a world-class luxury holiday destination suitable for all ages on mainland Greece. On the Kassandra Peninsula in Halkidiki, it is under an hour’s drive from Thessaloniki international airport. The resort nestles in a peaceful 1,000-acre reserve, surrounded by pine forests and beautiful beaches, with five award-winning hotels to choose from ­– Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias and Sani Dunes.

For nearly 50 years the resort has set the benchmark for luxury hospitality with facilities including a private marina and partnerships with the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre and the Chelsea FC Foundation. Sani Resort hosts two annual cultural events, the summertime Sani Festival and Sani Gourmet in the third week of May.


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