A Richmond tradition continues this summer at Dogwood Dell as the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) presents the 62nd Festival of heARTS. This year’s festival has a slight name change to the Festival of heARTS, as it is a summer-long celebration of the volunteers who helped present this cultural treasure for more than 60 years.
The 62nd Festival of heARTS kicks off on Sunday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM as the United States Coast Guard Band performs works by Sousa, Bernstein, Puts, Marquez, and others.
Other musical artists performing this summer include Carlton Blount and One Amazing Night of Music, Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers, Plunky and Oneness, Janet Martin Band, Trademark, Military All-Stars Concert Band, Dead Give Away, the Orquestra Tropikiimba and many more.
The 62nd Festival of heARTS also features the creativity of dance with performances by Elegba Folklore Society, Coleman Collective, and PRCF’s City Dance Theater.
One of the biggest gospel events on the East Coast hits the Dell stage as host Sheilah Belle is joined by a multitude of gospel performers for the 9th Annual Gospel Music Fest. On August 11th, Dogwood Dell will welcome the new Afro Festival, a celebration of the diversity and culture of the African community.
Highlighting this year’s Festival or heARTS is the city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Dell. Celebrate our nation’s independence with musical performances by the Richmond Concert Jazz Group and the Richmond Concert Band as fireworks light up the sky.
The 62nd Festival of heARTS will entertain the entire family, and guests should arrive early to secure seats in the outdoor amphitheater. Picnics are encouraged; however, pets, alcohol or glass containers are not allowed. Dogwood Dell, 1301 Blanton Avenue, is located within Byrd Park.
For a complete listing of this year’s lineup and for more information, go to the PRCF webpage and click on Cultural Arts or call the Dell Information Line at 804.646.DELL.
InLight Coming to Low Line in 2021
1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond.
1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond. InLight is 1708’s annual public exhibition of contemporary art. InLight takes place at night and each year is in a different location in Richmond. InLight features multimedia, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based works, and virtual projects that utilize light-based platforms (projections, lighting design, and more) to be experienced in the dark. Past sites include Chimborazo Park, the downtown Arts District, and the sculpture garden and grounds of the VMFA.
1708 invites regional, national, and international artists working in all media and disciplines to submit entries for InLight 2021. Great Shiplock Park is located at a former shiplock constructed as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal system. Artists are invited to propose projects that engage with and expand upon the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these sites such as: trade and labor of then-enslaved peoples of African and Indigenous descent during and following the industrial revolution; the environmental impact—especially concerning water resources—of commerce and infrastructure; and the cultivation of spaces for alternative forms of historical preservation.
The curatorial team is especially interested in proposals that address ideas around movement in air, land, and water; flows of resources; and the redistribution of power within these systems; and future-thinking projects that reflect but are not bound by the histories surrounding Great Shiplock Park to imagine the site’s specificity and potential beyond its past and present. Artists, Collectives, and Community Organizations are encouraged to apply.
For more details and to submit an entry, please visit 1708INLIGHT.ORG.DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (EST), Thursday, July 15, 2021.
1708 will host two virtual meetings via Zoom to provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask direct questions about the application and selection process for InLight 2021. The meetings will be Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm. Please register in advance to attend.
The Broadberry is F***ing Back or so I Read
Good news for lovers of live music.
Richmond Folk Festival and 2nd Street Festival Will Return
Short on details but the good news is the best event in Richmond will be back.
I was thrilled to see this in my inbox this morning.
Two of Richmond’s largest and most beloved events will return this fall, live and in person.
Venture Richmond Events plans to produce both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival as live events, while also following state and federal guidelines for outdoor gatherings.
The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will take place October 2-3, 2021, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.
The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, will take place October 8-10, 2021, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront.
“We look forward to getting back to in-person festivals with the 33rd year of the 2nd Street Festival and the 17th year of the Richmond Folk Festival,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events. “Now more than ever we know how important it is for us to come together safely in a shared celebration of culture and experiences, whether they are the rich traditions of the historic Jackson Ward community, or those from around the nation and the world presented on Downtown’s riverfront. Certainly, the joy we receive from producing these two festivals is immeasurable and we will do so with everyone’s wellbeing as our utmost priority.”
More information will follow this summer as we continue to stay informed and aware of CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol at events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.
The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation, Virginia Union University, and the City of Richmond.
The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, Community Foundation, WestRock, CarMax, City of Richmond, Brown Distributing, National Council for Traditional Arts, and the Children’s Museum.