A weekend of fashion, music, wine and culture at the Raimat Arts Festival
This weekend in Lleida, Spain, the Raimat Lleida Community Foundation hosted the inaugural edition of the Raimat Arts Festival, carried out in collaboration with the Napa Valley Festival and La Roca Village. The weekend was filled with fashion, art, culture, food and wine. The festival was carried out with the aim of having social impact projects that improve this region of Spain.
Under the guise and direction of Elena de Carandini Raventós, who worked to carry out the festival, with the aim of strengthening Raimat and Lleida, in collaboration with companies, organizations and individuals. Raimat Castle has been a central figure in the festival, which represents the public-private collaborations it carries out within the community of Lleida. The 12th century fortress is a Property of Spanish National Cultural Interest, together with the Raimat winery.
“The purpose of the festival is to show our gems – our food, our music and the land to people in Spain, Napa Valley and around the world,” said de Carandini Raventós, the founder of the Raimat Arts Festival. “Even in Barcelona they still don’t know what we have here at Raimat. The festival shows the opportunities we have here in this community. We have four pillars here: the festival; social action, to help people with disabilities; cultural; and innovation that helps people in areas like entrepreneurship,” she continues.
Last night a chamber concert took place on the grounds of the winery, by seven artists who played pieces by Lleidian, Catalan and Spanish composers such as Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla. Violinist Francisco Fullana and cellist Sophia Bacelar, guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas and lyric soprano Serena Sáenz are some of the artists who performed, drawing a standing ovation from the audience.
The United Way Foundation, the Spanish Association of Foundations, the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are also weapons that have made the festival possible.
“We are so happy to share the experience and the richness of what we have learned in Napa after sixteen years, something that has brought so much to the community and the region from a cultural, artistic and educational point of view. These festivals are a great way to bring everyone together and bring attention to the area. When we contacted the folks at Raimat a year ago, they were really excited to do the same, so we planned and painted a picture of what it might look like. It’s very much modeled on what we do in Napa because after sixteen years we know what works and what doesn’t. We mapped out every detail of what would happen each day, and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out,” said Charles Letourneau, Napa Valley Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director.
“California was founded by the Spaniards and it’s an honor for us to come back here,” shares Robin Baggett, chairman of the Napa Valley Festival board of directors and owner of Alpha and Omega Winery in Napa.
La Roca Village
Located approximately 40 minutes drive from the heart of Barcelona, one hour and fifteen minutes drive from the South of France and on the road to Spain’s famous Costa Brava, is La Roca Village. It is a culturally rich region located near castles, rural estates and the foothills of the Pyrenees. As well as the Bicester collection, the village is packed with 150 luxury brands, fourteen of which are Spanish and offer 60% off the retail price at a high street showroom.
Upon entering, one of the first things you notice is the Gaudí-inspired art and architecture, as well as the colorful Catalan tiles, fountains and mosaics. Now the Village has a new art instillation by Mina Hamada, revamped boutiques like Burberry and the new Asian-influenced Italian restaurant, Coro Illuzione Restaurant with New York accents.
La Roca Village has partnered with the Raimat Arts Festival, offering VIP services and fashion. The Bicester Collection and La Roca are known for their cultural initiatives, and not just as a renowned shopping destination. “In partnership with both festivals, Raimat Arts Festival is a great opportunity for us to support unique artistic initiatives that provide elevated experiences for our guests and impact sensitive audiences. Our duty, as a global company, is to give visibility to artistic projects,” says Elena Foguet, Commercial Director of Value Retail (the company that operates La Roca Village).
In addition to La Roca Village’s involvement in the community, it is known for its renowned VIP services of virtual shopping, hands-free shopping, valet parking, personal shopper and stylist access, exclusive VIP areas, gift cards, VIP passes , luggage storage , and tax-free restaurants. And now that the world is traveling again, there is an increase in American visitors to the Village.
According to July statistics, “At La Roca Village, travelers from the United States took third place in total sales to international tourists, posting higher levels than in 2019, with a recovery of 121%”. This is definitely the place to go shopping in Barcelona, where you can find everything you need, as well as an array of dining options.