The pivot paid off. The 15th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca has concluded and more than 7,500 people in 22 countries, from Canada and Chile to Hong Kong and Finland, tuned into 10 days of virtual concerts and author events, the festival reported.
“Even with the challenges we faced, this year’s Festival was a resounding success,” Joanna Marie Kaye, executive director said in a statement. “The support we received from our sponsors and partners was overwhelming. In fact, we exceeded our fundraising goals in this impossibly difficult year.”
COVID-19 shut down the the U.S. days after Festival of the Arts Boca wrapped its 14th season, as tradition under a temporary roof over Mizner Park Amphitheater.
For many months it was not clear what the future held, or if the Festival would even have a 15th season, Kaye said. “So our team decided to pivot. First, we would keep the Festival alive by taking it 100% virtual.
“Second, we would tap into world-class artists who live in Florida and present them in beautiful Boca locations, using the Festival as an opportunity to showcase Boca Raton.
“Finally, we would make the festival 100% free, so that there would be no barriers to sharing our city and our Festival with the world.”
Performances took place at iconic locations throughout Boca Raton. South Florida native and Metropolitan Opera star soprano Nadine Sierra and friends performed in the Signature Flight Support airplane hangar at Boca Raton Airport.
Grammy Award-winning Florida-based violinist James Ehnes was presented by the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. Festival All-Stars featuring Festival music director Constantine Kitsopoulos performed at The Addison.
Grammy Award-winning South Florida favorite, jazz flautist Nestor Torres performed the closing concert at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
This season’s Authors & Ideas program included interactive virtual discussions with three authors.
Festival of the Arts Boca’s 2021 season was sponsored, in part by the board of County Commissioners; Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, with major support from the city of Boca Raton.
“We could not be happier with the results,” Kaye said. “We learned so much about how to create successful virtual events, but we can’t wait to return to a live in-person festival next year!”
Festival of the Arts Boca 2022 will take place March 4 to 13 and tickets will go on sale in November 2021.For more information visit https://festivalboca.org/ or call 561-571-5270.