City's “Imagine Festival” to celebrate diversity

10/15/2013, 4:26 p.m.

— The 9th annual Imagine Festival, set for Oct. 19, will continue its mission of seeking to unite the city's diverse population in a positive way. The admission free community and family festival will be at Broad Rock Park, 4802 Warwick Road, from noon to 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Imagine Festival will feature dance performances, arts, crafts, exhibitors, diverse food vendors, and fun activities for the entire family. More than 10 local community groups will perform throughout the day and approximately 40 area organizations will be providing information about their services, to include free health screenings through the Una Vida Sana program, screenings through the Richmond City Health District, and a variety of sports, such as soccer and softball.

“During the nine years of the Imagine Festival, attendees have joined the city in celebrating and uniting our diverse communities in a positive, educational environment,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The event helps us build rapport with city residents and engage them about available city services. I hope families throughout Richmond will participate in this unique event.”

The Imagine Festival began in 2005 as a community outreach event sponsored by Richmond’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program. Since then, the City has sponsored the festival, which has grown larger with each year. This year’s partners and sponsors include the GRIP Program, Enrichmond, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Ready Virginia, Telemundo Richmond, BB & T, State Farm, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce & Foundation, HASA, and many other community groups and organizations.