Richmonders unite, because the RVA East End Festival is back after a two-year hiatus. The festival is known for its music and arts, with proceeds benefiting Richmond Public Schools in the East End.
“Mark your calendars now because our fifth RVA East End Festival will be a special occasion to celebrate the artistic excellence of RPS students and the amazing talent in our community,” said Saxsmo Gates, co-chair of this year’s event, in a news release. “Music and the arts have been pivotal in my life. I want our students to have the same chances as I did to unlock their creative potential and even discover career pathways.”
Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle and high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system. The free family event will feature performances by local professionals including members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians, dancers and visual artists.
This year, organizers hope to raise $100,000 to be used for a variety of purchases to benefit music, performing arts and visual art programs.
The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon until 9 p.m. at Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School (813 N. 28th Street).