Help Make the East End Festival a Success


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You can help bring music and joy to an inclusive neighborhood celebration, by volunteering at the RVA East End Festival: The Gift of Music (May 6th – 8th at Chimborazo Park) and/or Celebrate Jackson Ward (May 20th – 22nd at Abner Clay Park). Especially because both events are free and open to the public, the success of the events will truly depend on the donated time of the community.

The East End Festival begins with an outdoor concert by the Richmond Symphony, No BS! Brass Band, and vocalist Desiree Roots. In Jackson Ward, the RSO will join with the Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society, and the Elegba Folklore Society for a headline performance. Also, ART 180’s popular The Really Big Show will feature art and performance of many genres created by the young people in their programs. The rest of each weekend includes performances by local groups like the One Voice Chorus, Chimborazo Elementary Choir, and Richmond Urban Dance. See the tentative performer lineup for the East End Festival.

But none of this would be possible without the help of volunteers, as anyone who’s ever put on an event of this scale knows. The Richmond Symphony has teamed up with HandsOn Greater Richmond to recruit and register volunteers for both May festivals. Hundreds of helpers are needed at Chimborazo Park and Abner Clay Park for jobs like manning the kids zone, collecting data, serving beer and wine, staffing the bucket brigade, handling logistics, and helping out with eco stations. Several positions are family friendly.

Each volunteer job posting will tell you the tasks and age requirements–shifts are between two and three hours. Simply create a free account with HandsOn and choose the Volunteer Opportunity and shift you want and sign up online. A confirmation email will be sent to you and you’ll be able to see all the details you need to attend. The Symphony will check you in day-of and direct your activities. From beginning to end, it’ll be an easy and fun process.

Sign up yourself or create and bring a team to help conduct a little music magic this spring.

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