It began with a thought, a dream, a vision. And the vision was BOLD:
What if there was a week-long, multi-discipline Festival created to celebrate the Cultural Arts from around the world? What if this Festival was centered in Naples, Florida and could foster unique collaborations among several established local Arts Organizations? What if this Festival could take place in May, extending this growing region’s “regular” season? What if it were called ArtsNaples World Festival™?
These questions were posed to area business and philanthropic leaders, hospitality representatives and the cultural community. Their answer? ArtsNaples World Festival was an idea whose time had come! An event of this caliber would certainly have a positive impact on the community, the economy and the cultural vibrancy of the region. The results of a feasibility study led to the formation of a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization and RUSSIA was selected as the first cultural region of the world to celebrate. Community awareness events soon followed: A concert by the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, an art exhibit by internationally renowned artist, Alexander Anufriev, an “Evening with Tchaikovsky” and Russian pianist Philipp Kopachevsky. The excitement was clearly building as the Festival took shape and a week-long schedule of events began to emerge.
ArtsNaples World Festival has forged a historic partnership with the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts which will serve to further enhance and expand Naples’ local, regional and international reputation as a destination for Cultural Arts. It is expected that Arts Naples World Festival will significantly benefit the economy of Collier County.
Now is the time to join ArtsNaples™ as a sponsor, donor or volunteer. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of history in the making. ArtsNaples World Festival has the potential to firmly place Naples on the Cultural Arts Map of the World as one of the top cultural arts destinations in America.