Sani Resort Announces Program for 2016 Sani Festival

Sani Festival 2016British soul singer Joss Stone & world-renowned violinist Daniel Hope set to take the stage in Halkidiki, Greece.

This summer, the renowned annual celebration of music, the Sani Festival, returns to award-winning five-star luxury Sani Resort with a stunning line-up of jazz, classical music and Greek performers, ready to delight audiences on the festival’s landmark Sani Hill, from 8th July to 20th August 2016. This year, guests can look forward to a packed program, including appearances from internationally acclaimed British composer, soul singer and actress Joss Stone, as well as world-renowned British virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope.

“In balance with the previous festivals, the artistic scheduling of Sani Festival 2016 continues to focus on jazz, classical music and Greek “entechno” (artistic) music, which have stamped a specific mark upon the institution,” said artistic director of the festival, OlgaTampouris-Babalis.

Now in its 24th year, the much anticipated annual event hopes to expand artistic limits and continue its legacy of bridging communication between tourism and the arts on Greece’s Kassandra Peninsula. The five-week festival, looked forward to by both locals and visitors, will include a rich array of home-grown and international artists.

 Sani Hill, a natural amphitheatre with the dramatic background of its floodlit medieval tower overlooking the Aegean sea, is the perfect venue for guests to enjoy the festival, highlights of which will include soul, blues and reggae music from Joss Stone on 29th July 2016.

Classical music fans will be treated to a live performance by British virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope on 13th August 2016. Hope will narrate the story of the violin and its breakthrough during the Baroque period and be accompanied by the AIR ensemble, consisting of exceptional Baroque music soloists, including Simos Papanas, the award-winning Thessaloniki musician and concertmaster of Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. This year's Jazz on the Hill section will focus on virtuoso pianists. The curtain raiser will feature highly promising German pianist, Michael Wollny, who will appear for one night only in Greece on 8th July 2016 and will introduce guests to his trio through his night-time musical wanderings. Charismatic jazz pianist Yaron Herman, who played at Sani Festival 2009 as a rising star, returns on 9th July 2016 as one of the greatest musicians of his generation and as the artistic director of the Montreux Jazz Academy.

The tribute to jazz pianists will end on 23rd July 2016, with the spotlight falling on Japanese multi-faceted musical personality, Hiromi, hailed as one of the most profound and creative figures of 21st-century music. During her live performances, she will be accompanied by acclaimed musicians, such as legendary drummer Simon Phillips and exceptional double bassist Anthony Jackson, making musical history in the process.

The Greek Variations section will feature the one-of-a-kind Dionyssis Savvopoulos, accompanied by the great, undimmed voice of Greek popular song, Eleni Vitali, for a single concert on 20th of August 2016. Alkistis Protopsalti, a beloved Greek performer, renowned for her tender voice, singular expression and unique stage presence will take the stage on 5th August 2016, during a program that will include poetry by Nobel prize-winner Odysseas Elytis set to music, modern Greek compositions and her finest songs with added rock touches.

Always at the forefront of cultural and musical innovation, Sani Resort comprises four boutique hotels, 20 top tier restaurants and a buzzing marina with boutiques and art galleries. So where better to enjoy this music festival and indulge in a series of performances than at this stunning, idyllic five-star destination? With a fusion of home-grown and international talent Sani Festival is a fantastic chance for arts lovers to sample the best of Greece’s culture in an enchanting Mediterranean setting.

What: Sani Summer Music Festival
Sani Resort, Kassandra Peninsula, Halkidiki, northern Greece
Ongoing during the summer from July 8th to August 20th