Santorini Arts Factory (SAF) first opened in the summer of 2014, with the ambition to become one of the main cores of cultural action on the island of Santorini and in the wider region of South Aegean, as well as a cultural crossroad. With top priority the island and its residents, SAF is organised in such a way to provide immediate access to quality cultural events, educational programs throughout the year, while fostering the promotion of the island, its ancient and modern history, the modern activities and the material and cultural goods it has to offer to its thousands of visitors from around the world every year.
At the same time of the first season of the Festival, within the same space, the new Tomato Industrial Museum "D. Nomikos" came into being, which offers its visitors a journey back to Santorini and its traditions, focusing on the production and processing of Santorinian tomato, just where the machinery of the old Factory was housed since 1945. As a modern industrial museum, it hosts on its premises an Art Shop with selected examples of Greek design, small works of art, jewellery, books, music, and local products from small producers.
This year, theatrical performances, exhibitions & installations, dance, musical groups, concerts, classical and new drama, educational programmes, theatre for children and adolescents, guests from abroad, partnerships with international cultural institutions, collaboration with the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Festival of the Cycladic Islands and other world-class bodies, as well as a high sense of social responsibility make up the mosaic of the new life that aspires to bring SAF in the art field of Greek festivals.
For this reason, SAF was recently honoured by the European Institution EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) as one of the best festivals in Europe for 2015-2016.