World’s Leading Cultural Destination Resort
Named the World’s Leading Cultural Destination Resort at the 2022 World Travel Awards, it’s a year for celebration, as 2022 was also Sani Festival’s 30th anniversary.
SANI FESTIVAL 2022
AT SANI FESTIVAL
Celebrating 30 glorious years of Sani Festival, there was no better way to conclude 2022’s musical celebrations than with a concert from the world’s most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli in August. Accompanied by Thessaloniki’s State Symphony Orchestra, and the ethereal voices of Athena Andreadis, Cristina Pasaroiu and Aliki Chrysochou, the concert was truly unforgettable and will always be remembered as one of the ultimate highlights of 2022.
The Spirit of Sani Festival
30 YEARS OF FESTIVAL HISTORY
Every summer, from July to August, Sani Festival proudly brings together Greek and international artists, strengthening the cultural bond between natives and visitors. Rooted in jazz, the first event took place in 1992 over three days. Since then, the programme has diversified and the venues expanded to accommodate a wide programme of music and performing arts, from classical music to modern dance and musical theatre. This year, 2022, we’ll be honouring the history of the Festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Sani Hill becomes a kaleidoscope of colours as night falls: the brilliant orange of the setting sun, the vivid lights of night-time performances, the moonlight beaming down from a starlit sky. Watch as artists perform at heady heights, against the dramatic backdrop of a ruined Byzantine tower and the Aegean Sea.
First Sani Festival took place
SANI FESTIVAL 2022
JAZZ ON THE HILL
Chucho Valdés & Paquito D’Rivera
NEW DATE: 10 JULY 2022
Legends of Afro-Cuban music, Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera reunite after 40 years and open this year’s celebratory Sani Festival, one of the few stops of their international tour! Separately, they have received more than 25 Grammys and Latin Grammys. Now they are joining forces again, in a live performance that will include milestone hits of Latin jazz music, alongside new compositions from their latest album I Missed You Too. The two bona fide living legends are ready to mix the Caribbean rhythm with the Mediterranean breeze of Sani Hill.
JAZZ ON THE HILL
Al Di Meola
16 JULY 2022
Al Di Meola, one of the greatest guitarists of our times, will play at Sani Hill, revisiting Greece after 20 years. His fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the core of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned more than four decades. As magnificent guitar virtuoso, Al Di Meola will perform with his Guitar Trio, in front of the historical Sani Tower, his smooth melodies resplendent in this unique setting.
23 JULY 2022
Beloved artist and a Greek audience favourite, Jack Savoretti comes to the Sani Festival stage to perform some of his best-known songs that have been heard on radios everywhere these last few years! Jack Savoretti and his band have included Sani Hill as a stop on their ‘Europiana’ summer tour, after the Number 1 album release in June 2021 and the extended version Europiana Encore in 2022. We invite you to celebrate the precious power of family, friendship, and love through Jack Savoretti’s music.
and the Bobkatz
30 JULY 2022
Bob Geldof and the Bobkatz will rock out on Sani Hill! He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the ‘70s and ‘80s, while his songs topped the British and world charts. Over his career he has collaborated with multiple rock legends, such as David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Thin Lizzy. Significantly, Geldof has been knighted and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his charity work and activism. Both as a rock star and an activist, we are ready to welcome him at Sani Festival for a night of polite audacity, sprinkled with rock music gems!
A hotel of songs: 30 years of music notes – the Hill and the Sea
6 AUGUST 2022
Manolis Mitsias, Christos Thivaios, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Penni Baltatzi
A retrospective of three decades of Sani Festival history: its unique programme and selection of individual artists showcases our country’s artistic stock. With songs by the greatest Greek composers and a medley of folk songs, it is a nostalgic treat for the senses.
Mediterranean Project: Greece & the world
13 AUGUST 2022
Dimitris Basis, Rena Morfi, Doros Dimosthenous, Rita Antonopoulou, Kostas Thomaidis, Kalliopi Pouska
This musical embrace of the Mediterranean is a tribute to Sani Festival, which has always celebrated multiculturalism in music. With performances in Greek and foreign languages, the programme features songs much loved in our country and abroad.
20 AUGUST 2022
The world’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli will play on the last day of this year’s celebratory Sani Festival. Recognised as an icon of the greatest Italian vocal tradition, he has managed to bring classical music to the top of the global music charts with albums like Romanza, Sacred Arias, Sì and Believe. And as Celine Dion once said "If God had a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli”. Observing his career in awe, Sani Festival is beyond honored to welcome an artist of that magnitude, in a concert that will mark the festival’s history!