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Highlights 2014

From 11 July – 17 August

It is rare in the arts for a private-sector initiative to achieve the sort of perfection for which the Sani Festival is renowned. The quality of the event is attested to by the loyalty of its audience, the calibre of its performing artists, its seamless organization, international reputation and ongoing renewal. This year, in that spirit of renewal, we will be expanding the programme to take in other arts apart from music. The objective will the same as ever: communication and interaction between artists and public within a broad social context – with the special features of the event allowing it to bring together under one roof people of many different backgrounds and cultures.

Once again jazz music will be spearheading the festival – it was a love of jazz, after all, which launched the event 22 years ago – with a whole range of big names from the international music scene. Featured this year will be Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer, composer and producer, who will open this year’s programme with The Mosaic 2 (11.07) a group formed exclusively of women musicians, vocals provided by renowned singer and composer LizzWright, who first came to Greece in 2005, also as a guest of the Sani Festival. Back then she was a rising star: this year she returns to Sani Hill as a world famous R&B and soul artist. From the Greek side of Jazz music we have invited Nikolas Anadolis Trio (13.07),one of the most promising jazz artists, not only in Europe but also in the States.

Bringing a taste of the other arts to the programme will be the Kinetic Theatre of Moscow (02.8), creation of the award-winning director and choreographer SashaPepelyaev, who will be presenting an avant-garde, multi-media production based on kinetics and improvisation, a radical new twist on the long dance traditions of Russia.

But this year we expect the show to be stolen by A, a cinematic production inspired by the myth of Antigone, a post-modern version of the ancient Greek drama. The project is the fruit of social financing (crowd-funding: 568 individuals from around the world lent their support to make this happen, backing the young Greek actors who have created the production). It will be an innovative event, a fully collective project directed by the talented Stathis Athanasiou (26.07).

Artistic Director: Olga Tabouris-Babalis



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Sani Festival 2014


Duration: from July, 11 till August, 17 2014

Jazz on the Hill:

July, 11, 12, 13

Sounds of the World:

July 19

Classical Waves:



Sani Festival 2013:The finale


Watch the "finale" of Sani Festival 2013. A virtual tour of this year's musical performances, including all the highlights and magical moments. ♪ See, feel, listen