KRON4 did an in depth interview with Festival Napa Valley Board Chair Timothy Blackburn and Board Member Athena Blackburn, digging into the festival's history, free concerts, and 2018 events. Festival Napa Valley, the station says, is "absolutely epic and helps keep Napa’s reputation as a cultural Mecca."
OperaWire featured a lengthy interview with Nadine Sierra, who, with Bryan Hymel, opens the thirteenth season of Festival Napa Valley. “I fell in love with the festival," Sierra says, "because it celebrates and supports all existing art forms in combination with appreciative audiences and incredibly generous sponsors. This is what the classical arts need and the Festival Napa Valley gives it just that.”
Festival Napa Valley, the performing arts organization that has transformed California’s wine country into a cultural destination, announced that Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will headline its Arts for All Gala on Sunday, July 22 at HALL St. Helena.
Festival Napa Valley and Lincoln Theater will co-present the Napa gala premiere screening of André - The Voice of Wine. The film screening is part of the festival’s new Springboard series, coinciding with Arts Council Napa Valley’s ”Arts in April.” Other Springboard events include a concert and educational outreach by The Voice finalist Wé McDonald, and the popular 5k and 10K Sun Run, a fundraiser for the festival’s arts education programs.
Festival Napa Valley announces the lineup for the 2018 summer season, featuring a host of world premieres, debuts and exclusive engagements set in iconic Napa Valley settings. The 2018 season, July 20-29, is dedicated to the first responders who saved lives, homes and properties in the recent Wine Country wildfires.
To honor their bravery and commitment, Festival Napa Valley and the Boisset Collection sponsored Wine Country Strong, a free concert and chef’s picnic honoring the region’s first responders, emergency workers, hospital staff – everyone who worked endless hours to protect the wine country community.
Festival Napa Valley held its annual Arts for All grant ceremony awarding $300,000 to continue its support of school-based programs and nonprofit organizations that increase access to arts and arts education. Through its Arts for All initiative, Festival Napa Valley has invested more than $1,500,000 into its community programs and partnerships over the past six years.