IMG Artists is the first to create the concept of the lifestyle festival. We think celebrating all of the fine arts in life is essential; be it music, dance, visual art, culinary art and wine making. For some of our festivals, we celebrate them all at the same time. Our festival work, as diverse as the events themselves, now reaches across the globe including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Abu Dhabi FestivalAbu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Abu Dhabi Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. The Festival is the UAE’s foremost celebration of art and culture bringing together the greatest musicians, performers and artists from both the East and West in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. It seeks to reflect the determination of the capital to take the lead in cultural understanding. Showcasing classical artists, alongside visual art exhibitions, education programmes and community projects, the annual Abu Dhabi Festival is primarily based at the Emirates Palace in March and April and has attracted ever increasing audience numbers to enjoy outstanding performances and unique collaborations from some of the world’s greatest artists.
Festival del Sole, Napa ValleyNapa Valley, California
Set among lush rolling foothills and breathtaking vineyard landscapes every July, Napa Valley Festival del Sole offers a blend of world-class artistry, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, lifestyle programs and exceptional hospitality, in a unique celebration of the art of life. With more than 70 participating wineries and an extraordinary roster of artists and events each season, Napa Valley Festival del Sole provides a 10-day experience the New York Times calls a "feast for the senses." Concerts take place in spectacular venues including a castle courtyard, a historic theater, and under the stars surrounded by vineyards, complemented by the legendary hospitality of Napa's finest wineries and estates.
Performers have included Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, the Emerson String Quartet, Chris Botti, David Foster and the Bolshoi Ballet, Chefs Thomas Keller, Michael Chiarello and Cat Cora, with sponsors Bank of America, Bentley, Chopard, Tiffany & Co, among many others.
Festival of the Arts, BocaBoca Raton, Florida
Established in 2007, the Festival of the Arts BOCA was designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As conceived by its founders, the Festival is more than just programming; it is a unique way of bringing world class performers, authors and speakers to Boca which would be unattainable but for the special qualities of a serious cultural arts festival in a great wintertime destination.
The Festival celebrates the special quality of life in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County and the special qualities of Mizner Park, which was recently selected by the American Planning Association as one of the ten best urban places in the United States. The Festival is special, because of the venue, the season, the quality and diversity of its cultural offerings and because of the opportunity for young and old to celebrate the traditions of the great arts and to be exposed to the incredible diversity of the performing and literary arts, at the highest levels.
It will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in March 2016
IMG Artists is honoured to collaborate with the Centre for the Arts in aligning the impressive list of international artists who appear.
Divino TuscanyFlorence, Italy
Divino Tuscany is a celebration of Tuscan winemaking excellence. The festival brings together the top winemakers from Tuscany who promote, share and demystify their top rated wines. James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator and one of the world's most influential wine critics, and IMG Artists, one of the leading producers of cultural and lifestyle festivals, including the Tuscan Sun Festival, collaborate on this signature event. Together, consulting with founding vintners from Marchesi Antinori, Frescobaldi, Mazzei, Ricasoli, Il Borro, Petrolo and Castello Banfi, Divino Tuscany offers a distinctive program that highlights premium wines in one of the most dramatic vinicultural regions of the world. The unique combination of wine, food, culture and history will be experienced throughout.
Plácido Domingo Festival
Plácido Domingo and IMG Artists present The Plácido Domingo Festival, the first ever festival to be curated by The Maestro. Famed for its rich operatic and cultural history, Spain’s Andalucían region will play host to a feast of performances featuring major stars of the operatic and concert stages including Vittorio Grigolo, Ana María Martínez, Joaquín Achúcarro, Ángel Romero, Nino Machaidze, Micaëla Oeste, Angel Blue, Pinchas Zukerman,Danielle de Niese, Nina Kotova and Ivo Pogorelich and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. The inaugural festival took place between 25th October – 3rd November, 2012, in Malaga and Seville. www.placidodomingofestival.com
Singapore Sun FestivalSingapore
The Singapore Sun Festival is one of three Sun Festival's around the world, the others being Festival Del Sole, in Napa Valley, California and The Tuscan Sun Festival in Florence and Cortona, Italy. The Sun Festivals’ ethos is to inspire people to celebrate the art of life through world class performances featuring renowned artists from classical music, dance and stage and screen; fine food and wine; visual art; wellness programmes; and film.
From 2007 – 2010, 180,000 audience members from Singapore and around the world enjoyed more than 900 artists in 470 events including: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, David Foster, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, José Carreras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Peter Cetera, Ruben Suddard and Jimmy Ong; actors Geoffrey Rush and Sharon Stone; the inspirational Deepak Chopra; and chefsCat Cora, Art Smith, Curtis Stone, Thierry Marx and Charlie Trotter.
The festival was named Singapore’s Leisure Event of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.
Tuscan Sun FestivalCortona, Italy
The Tuscan Sun Festival is the original within the IMG Artist portfolio of festivals. The annual music and arts Festival offers an exciting program that includes not only world class concerts, but a daily program of events that explore fine arts, culinary & wine, wellness, and local culture & history. Previous participants have included Sofia Loren, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Sting and Trudie Styler and Jeremy Irons.
A tempting glimpse of the event that took place in Cortona and Florence Italy over 10 years that promoted culture, the arts, the local economy and the restoration of the theater. As a result, the city of Cortona granted honorary citizenship to Barrett Wissman. The Tuscan American Association chose its founders, Barrett Wissman and Nina Kotova, as recipients of their annual award recognizing those who do extraordinary work promoting cultural and economic exchange between the US and Italy.
Palm Springs Life Festival- - Coachella Valley, California USA
IMG Artists and its Chairman Barrett Wissman today announced the launch of the first season of the Palm Springs Life Festival. This premier cultural arts and lifestyle event will take place in the Coachella Valley from March 20 – April 24, 2016. It is produced by Mr Wissman and presented by IMGA and Palm Springs Life magazine.
The inaugural festival will feature a stellar lineup of some of today’s top artists, fashion designers and culinary superstars. Some of the stars to appear include opera legends Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, violinists Midori and Sarah Chang, cellist Nina Kotova, pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet, guitarist Angel Romero, fashion designers Zandra Rhodes, Michael Costello and Marc Bouwer, and chefs Cat Cora, Gail Gand, and the Hearty Boys.
Executive producers Barrett Wissman and IMG Artists partnered with Palm Springs Life to present the first full season of the Festival in 2016, following a successful launch event in 2015. This year will bring together the Festival’s arts programming alongside two desert standouts, the Palm Desert Food & Wine festival and Fashion Week El Paseo, giving the Coachella Valley an unprecedented array of talent across multiple disciplines.
The Festival will open with a gala concert at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, featuring Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and the LA Opera Orchestra and will continue with an array of music, food and wine and fashion events over the following four weeks. Concerts and events will take place at multiple venues in the greater Palm Springs area including the new Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, The Helene Galen Auditorium at The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and the Gardens of El Paseo. The Festival will be capped off on April 23 and 24 with a signature event “In Vino Veritas” at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. The event will feature the greatest Italian wines, wine makers and chefs of today and will be presented in partnership with and curated by Gambero Rosso, the leading Italian guide to the best wines and restaurants of Italy.
For full schedule and ticket information for the Palm Springs Life Festival, visit www.palmspringslifefestival.com.