2016 RVA Peace Festival!

The RVA Peace Festival will take place Saturday, September 10, 2016, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, 11am to 5pm.

RVA Peace Festival is a celebration of the diverse faith and cultural traditions that enrich our region.rva-peace-festival-1

This year’s Festival, the 12th annual, will feature new and exciting elements! Enjoy performances from Ezibu Muntu, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Boys Choir, Sri Sai Dance Academy, and Falun Dafa Chinese Dancers.  Children will enjoy Chalk for Peace by Art 180 and teen-led cooperative games.  All will have the chance to walk through a meditation labyrinth and experience workshops.

Food will be available for purchase from La Milpa Mexican cuisine and Zainab’s Middle Eastern Halal Delicacies.  There will also be a children’s interfaith service and a mid-day panel discussion that is a part of the ongoing “Standing Together” program series.

The 2016 RVA Peace Festival will also include a special first-ever Mini Memoir Exhibit hosted by Chrysalis.  People from all across the Richmond region will submit “six-word memoirs” about their lives over the course of this year. The Mini Memoirs will be displayed at the Festival as a visual tapestry of our interwoven personal stories. Submit your six-word memoir here: rvapeace.wordpress.com

Mark your calendars now for September 10.  Let’s join together as we mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, united in our diversity.

The event is free and open to the public with exhibits to interest and inspire people of all ages!

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EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

To be an exhibitor or vendor, complete the forms on the “Exhibitors, Vendors, and Volunteers” page.

Early bird rate for tables is just $25 dollars for non-profit exhibitors and $50 for vendors. Reserve your table today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the $25, $50, and $100, $250, and $500 levels.  To sponsor the festival, contact Nicole Robowski at rvapeace@gmail.com or 774-239-5145.

HISTORY

The Festival has a long history in this community. The idea for the first RVA Peace Festival came in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.  In response to rising fear and Islamophobia, faith communities came together in 2004 to stand together and learn from one another. As always, this year’s festival will continue in the spirit of the festival’s founding. The RVA Peace Festival is an opportunity to foster deeper understanding between the diverse cultures and religions that form the rich tapestry of Richmond’s population.

The RVA Peace Festival is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, the Chrysalis InstituteRichmond Peace Education Center, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Center for Interfaith Reconciliation.

For more information, contact:  rvapeace@gmail.com

Website: rvapeace.wordpress.com