The full lineup for the RVA East End Festival’s 2019 edition has been announced. The event will celebrate music, arts, food, and fun on Saturday, June 8th starting at noon and closing with the Richmond Symphony performance at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, the event runs from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
This year, the Festival is returning to Chimborazo Park, 3215 E. Broad Street, and will be part of the Big Tent Community Festival program of the Richmond Symphony.
Now in its fourth year, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $200,000 for music and arts programs in Richmond Public Schools since 2016. This free family event features two packed days of arts and musical performances by local professionals as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
The festival will kick off at Noon on June 8th with student performances by the Franklin Military Academy Color Guard, choir and orchestra, the Armstrong High School dance troupe, the Chimborazo/George Mason band and orchestra, the Martin Luther King Tritan Elite Dance, the Franklin Military Academy Jazz Band and the Fairfield/Woodville/Bellevue combined band.
Saturday evening will feature a performance by the Legacy Band at around 5:30 pm and the full Richmond Symphony at 7 pm. The lineup on Sunday will feature faith-based programming with music by Hill City Church, Cora Harvey Armstrong, and others. A schedule of performances and artists will be posted soon on the Festival’s Facebook page, RVA East End Festival.
“Our theme this year is The Gift of Arts and Music,” said the Reverend Marilyn Heckstall, pastor of Asbury Church Hill United Methodist Church and 2019 festival chair. “These gifted musicians and visual artists are sharing their virtuosity and skilled craftsmanship with the entire community. In return, the festival provides a path for them to pursue their dreams to excel in the creative field.”
She noted that the festival’s financial goal for 2019 is to exceed $100,000 in proceeds that will be used to support cultural arts initiatives in Richmond Public Schools located in the East End. In the past, funding has been used to acquire or repair music instruments and to purchase choral risers, concert attire, pottery kilns and resources for the Turnaround Arts program. “A priority for 2019 is to buy and install a new dance floor at Armstrong High School to support the popular and growing dance program there,” said Rev. Heckstall.
Festival attendees also can browse among many food and beverage vendors, along with exhibits of sponsors, boutique businesses and other community organizations. Special attractions for kids include Paw Patrol and Marvel characters, Paint Crazy face painting, RVA Hoops, Jenn B-The Balloon Lady, juggler Jonathan Austin, Mr. Public Works, and a National Park Service junior ranger activity, to name a few.
Proceeds from the festival support the music and visual arts programs at the following Richmond Public Schools located in RVA’s East End community: Bellevue Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Armstrong High School, and Franklin Military Academy.
Volunteers are needed to help on the weekend of the event and can sign up here. For more information about the RVA East End Festival 2019, contact [email protected] or visit the Festival’s Facebook page.