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Performers announced for inaugural Festival of the River on Brown’s Island

The Festival of the River is a three-day celebration of music, art, and environment, and will feature Tony Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer, and producer Savion Glover under the “big tent” with the Richmond Symphony on Saturday, June 9th.

Trevor Dickerson

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A new festival celebrating Richmond’s crown jewel–the James River–will take place on Brown’s Island June 8th through the 10th, and the lineup for the inaugural event has been released.

The Festival of the River is a three-day celebration of music, art, and environment, and will feature Tony Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer, and producer Savion Glover under the “big tent” with the Richmond Symphony on Saturday, June 9th.

Also on Saturday, as an extension of the Institute for Contemporary Art’s inaugural exhibition, “Declaration,” the ICA and Richmond Symphony are co-commissioning three new performances by artists Hope Ginsburg, Paul Rucker, and Marinella Senatore–each of which was created with a rich group of collaborators.

Accessibility is a main goal of the festival, and as such, tickets are free to the majority of the event, with the exception of the Friday Cheers performance, which is $10. Organizers ask for donations to keep the festival sustainable and open to all. Tickets can be found online here.

Saturday’s artistic line-up is the latest announcement of Festival of the River Activities that already includes Friday Cheers with Rhiannon Giddens, No BS Brass Band, and the Richmond Symphony.

The Festival of the River will include contemporary art installations, performances under the Symphony’s “big tent,” cleanups along and around the River, and family-friendly environmental education activities including Back to the Bay in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.

The Festival planning committee includes over 30 partner organizations steered by a coalition between the City of Richmond, Venture Richmond, the Richmond Symphony, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 1708 Gallery, James River Association, and the Capital Region Collaborative.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.