January 7, 2016 – Napa, Calif. – Napa Valley Festival Association, the nonprofit organization that produces Festival del Sole, announced today that the internationally acclaimed summer celebration has been renamed Festival Napa Valley. Recognized as Napa Valley’s flagship festival, the annual performing arts, wine and culinary extravaganza will continue to showcase the world’s best artists staged in iconic Napa Valley settings. The 11th annual Festival Napa Valley will take place July 15-24, 2016.
“For the past decade, the festival has been a catalyst in transforming Napa Valley into a cultural destination. Arts lovers from around the globe return year after year for an extraordinary experience that only Napa Valley delivers,” commented President & CEO Rick Walker. “The new name reflects the vital role the festival now plays in the life of the community.”
Over the course of its ten-year history, the festival has made the arts accessible to all through the presentation of free performances and the donation of tickets to veterans, seniors and students. It has become a leading funder of arts education in Napa County schools. In 2015, Festival Napa Valley awarded $275,000 to community arts organizations, including a grant to underwrite the first-ever arts education master plan for Napa Valley Unified School District.
The 2016 festival is dedicated to founding board member and Napa Valley doyenne, Margrit Mondavi. “No one better represents and exemplifies the philanthropic spirit and the passion for art, music, food and wine that Margrit and the festival share,” stated Board Chairman Timothy Blackburn. Several special events in Margrit Mondavi’s honor will take place at Festival Napa Valley this summer.
About: Festival Napa Valley, formerly Festival del Sole, has put Napa Valley on the map as a leading cultural destination. The annual summer festival blends the world’s finest classical, jazz, opera, theater and dance artists with culinary, wine and fitness pursuits, staged in Napa Valley’s most iconic settings. Dedicated to enriching the region’s cultural vitality and to supporting arts education, the festival nurtures young talent through the Bouchaine Young Artist Series, presents free community concerts, and awards grants to local schools and arts organizations. More than 200 wineries, hotels, resorts, theaters, restaurants and vintners take part in the event annually.
Festival Napa Valley is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit public benefit corporation governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders.