Education & Engagement

The Big Tent/ Community Festivals

The Richmond Symphony is collaborating with government and civic organizations to plan community festivals under the Big Tent that will make a significant impact on participating neigh-borhoods by combining the power of music with community investment. The Big Tent allows us to offer free outdoor concerts and serve tens of thousands of people a year, creating unique op-portunities for the public to experience the music of the Richmond Symphony.

The Richmond Symphony Community Philosophy is to:

  • Create transformational benefits to the host community
  • Be more than the single instance of a Symphony performance
  • Focus on community partnerships and shared goals
  • Provide opportunities for members of a community to participate and use the Big Tent for additional activities
  • Craft meaningful and positive experiences/outcomes for all involved
  • Encourage community pride
  • Generate additional funding and activities for students and schools
  • Raise funds and awareness for local non-profits/community initiatives

For more information about the Big Tent and Community Festivals, please contact Suzanne Mallory-Parker, Richmond Symphony Community Partnerships Manager at or by calling 804.788.4717 ext. 141.

Upcoming Festivals:

RVA East End Festival: The Gift of Arts and Music | May 5-6, 2017

Past Festivals:

2016 ChesterFest
RVA East End Festival 2016: The Gift of Music
Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past, Present, and Future
Red, White, and Lights

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