June 10, 2021

Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Launches Series of Pop Up Musical Performances

Starting this spring and continuing into the summer, the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department is piloting "#VBArts On Tour," a new series of small, engaging performing arts pop ups throughout the City.

This low-tech, street-performer style 'tour' will put artists in neighborhoods, at community markets, in parks and outside of key venues as a jump start, helping our community re-engage with live performance, support their favorite local artists, and bring small-scale, convenient concerts to all corners of the city.

"The performing arts have a profound impact on our local economy," said Hillary Plate, Cultural Programming and Grants Coordinator with the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department. "From ticket sales, to restaurant business, to set-builders, crew members, and more, the performing arts are a job and revenue generator. It's important to help restart that engine. Having a consistent arts and cultural presence throughout Virginia Beach is an investment in our citizens, and our invitation to fall in love with live performance again. As restrictions have eased, we hope these performances will help jump start our community's artistic engagement, and we look forward to joining our groups both in small groups and on our stages."

Now that crowd restrictions have loosened, Cultural Affairs is excited to share a full upcoming schedule! Dates and locations have just been announced and are listed below. Don't miss your chance to catch #VBArts On Tour when it pops-up in your neck of the woods!

June 10 at 5:30 p.m.: Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451)
Symphonicity will perform in pockets through the Japanese cherry blossom gardens and front of Red Wing Park from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Get outdoors and enjoy some music with your family, friends and neighbors!

June 12 at 2:30 p.m.: Kempes Landing Park Gazebo (524 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464)
Celebrate Philippines Independence Day with music, dance and martial arts! The Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia, Philippine Rondalia Ensemble of Virginia, School of Creative and Performing Arts and Kuntaw Filipino Martial Arts will put on FREE performances at Kempes Landing Park.

June 19 at 9 a.m.: ViBe Creative District Stage (1810 Cypress Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451)
Virginia African American Cultural Center presents Raw Beets, Teens with a Purpose Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Reed Williams and Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Yunseo Chung and St. Julien's Creek Revival with Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association perform during the ViBe Creative District's weekend markets. Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer will also be on stage to announce his Juneteenth proclamation.

July 10 at 2:30 p.m.: Zeiders American Dream Theater Balcony (4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462) and Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Plaza (201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462)
Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Musical Theatre will perform in small groups to liven up Town Center! Guests are invited to arrive early, as Cultural Affairs will also run a Public Art #SecondSaturday Sketch Crawl starting at 1 p.m. Guests at the Sketch Crawl will receive free sketching supplies, and will have the opportunity to learn about the public art in the area.

July 17 from 9 a.m. to noon: ViBe Creative District Stage (1810 Cypress Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451)
Tidewater Arts Outreach and Tidewater Winds perform pop up concerts on the ViBe Creative District Stage during the ViBe weekend markets.

Early August (date and time TBA): Zeiders American Dream Theater Balcony and Sandler Center Plaza
Virginia Beach Chorale and Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Additional performances that were rained out in June will be re-scheduled and announced. More dates, new locations, and artists to be announced throughout the summer. For more information, visit vbgov.com/culture and Virginia Beach Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

These programs are possible in large part due to the partnership and significant logistical assistance of the host sites: The ViBe Creative District, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, and Virginia Beach Resort Management Office.

The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.

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