Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located in Byrd Park. Since 1956, it has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre. In addition to these events, the Festival of Arts also incorporates a children's series with performances at our Ha' Penny stage; and showcases the talents of area youth in the visual arts with displays in the Teen Art Show. In addition to featuring youth talent in the Teen Art Show, we also feature amateur artists in the Emerging Talent show in July and professional artists in the Park Reflections show in August. The Festival of Arts offers approximately fifty or more shows which were attended by over 149,000 people last year. For more information, call 804-646-1437 or call the Dell hotline at 804-646-DELL. With its eclectic mix of old and new, the Festival of Arts has become one of Richmond's cultural treasures. Through our programming, the Festival of Arts strives to bring the Richmond community some of the most innovative and avant-garde performers, while also respecting the value and importance of traditional and classical works. Since the opening in the mid-50's, the Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell (Byrd Park) has become a traditional summer showcase of fine arts performance and entertainment. Throughout June, July, and August, a variety of shows can be enjoyed at the "Dell" including classical music and dance; drama, comedy, and musical theatre; reggae, pop, swing, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz and contemporary music concerts. The Festival of Arts is flavored for every taste. Come early for a seat in the amphitheatre or bring a blanket to sit in the surrounding park. Although the dance concerts and programs presented at Dogwood Dell are normally purchased packaged shows for which we provide technical assistance, our three theatre productions are produced fully in-house. While many of our theatre productions are Richmond premieres, we also stage contemporary favorites. These productions continually prove to be some of Richmond's favorites and have even won awards.
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