The StayinMay Festival (formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival Inc.) has now produced six world-class festivals with over 60,000 attendees featuring the best of the cultural arts of Russia, the Latin Americas, Italy and France. Throughout multiple and unique venues across Naples, The StayInMay Festival presents concerts and events spanning art, chamber music, cinema, culinary, dance, opera, fashion, theater and orchestra.  The StayInMay Festival combines the best of the arts in Naples with amazing talent from around the globe. Previous Festival highlights include:

  • Famed Grammy winning virtuosos, Arturo Sandoval and Sylvia McNair
  • The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, the Jerusalem Symphony,
    the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Cuba (their first US concert since 1959)
  • Art and photography exhibitions by internationally renowned artists,
    Alexander Anufriev, Giovanni Lunardi and Bernard Villemot
  • Virtuoso classical and jazz pianists Pavel Nersessian, Philipp Kopachevsky, Nachito
    Herrera, Michael Berkovsky and Antonio Madruga
  • Famous string quartets, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet and the
    “Declassified” from the Carnegie Academy
  • Operas by Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin), Verdi (Nabucco) and Georges Bizet
    (Carmen-the Peter Brook adaptation)
  • The Inspector General by Gogol
  • Concerts and seminars with the Boston Brass
  • The dynamic Quartetto Gelato
  • The celebrated violin virtuoso Nadir Khashimov

The 2018 StayInMay Festival will continue this great tradition of bringing an array of young and seasoned world-class performers from around the globe to the city of Naples. Join us as we bring the best of all worlds to Naples!



Robert Hicks
Nicki Huber
Lacey King
Andrew Porio
Marilyn Varcoe
Jerry Wachowicz

Roy (Trey) D. Farmer III - Chairman & President

Chrissie Porter Forbes - Vice Chairman

Patti Wachowicz - Secretary

Claudia Polzin - Treasurer & Director of Development


Join us as we celebrate the Best of All Worlds for the 2018 StayInMay Festival. During the World Festival, you will be immersed in a stunning array of opera, symphony, chamber music, cuisine, film, and more. Combined with the incredible scenic wonder of the Gulf Coast beaches, it will be an unforgettable journey.

StayInMay Festival enjoys unique alliances with other local, regional, national and international institutions with the mission of cultural and educational outreach for the mutual benefit of all concerned.

We are most anxious to share the Best of All Worlds with you!


We’ll bring the world to you

Thank you!
William Noll, Artistic Director


Welcome to the 2018 StayInMay Festival celebrating the Best of All Worlds! During the Festival, you will experience an exhilarating array of performances, expanded cultural partnerships, and exceptional special events. StayInMay Festival showcases the amazing variety of cultural organizations in Southwest Florida and brings international talent directly to the stages, galleries, concert halls, schools and libraries of Naples and the surrounding region.

I wish to thank everyone in our young StayInMay Festival family–supporters, donors, volunteers, patrons, students, educators, sponsors, and all cultural arts lovers. Your commitment to the future of this remarkable Festival inspires us to grow beyond what we previously dreamed possible. The Festival is strong, constantly expanding, and touching many young lives through its arts education initiatives.

More excitement is yet to come as The StayInMay Festival engages the cultural arts of the world in 2017!

Roy (Trey) D. Farmer III
Chairman & President



Southwest Florida is rich in arts experiences and the StayInMay Festival is pleased to extend our season so you can enjoy the arts from around the world into May.  I am delighted to be a part of this exciting Festival and encourage everyone - young and old - to join us in 2017.  Explore the best of all worlds in culture in venues in our community - maybe find a place you did not know existed in Southwest Florida.  

I invite you to contact me and discover the many ways large and small that you can support the Festival.  Your support means that the Festival will be able to continue to offer dynamic, international programs of the highest caliber at competitive prices. 

Looking forward to seeing you at our 2018 Festival and exploring how you can become involved in the Festival.

Claudia Polzin
Director of Development & Treasurer