Virginia Arts Festival - Artists


Every year, the Virginia Arts Festival sponsors events promoting gifted artists and an educational focus to the region. The festival welcomes a diverse selection of artistic talent through the mediums of ballet, classical music, Caribbean and Reggae music, interpretative dance, jazz music, country music, rock music, sketch comedy groups, and more. One of the annual highlights of the festival is the Virginia International Tattoo. The Virginia International Tattoo is a ceremonial performance of military music and showcases "more than 850 performers from around the world in an awe-inspiring presentation of music and might." The Tattoo has become an internationally known event, and draws national and international audiences.

The following are some of the events and artists who have performed or have been involved with past Festivals:

  • Ruth Brown
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Reduced Shakespeare Company
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Pilobolus (dance company)
  • Virginia International Tattoo
  • Joann Falletta
  • Virginia Annual Beer Festival
  • Joanne Shenandoah
  • James Moody
  • Sandy Duncan
  • The Guthrie Theatre
  • Van Cliburn
  • The Russian National Ballet
  • The monks of the Drepung Monastery
  • Dale Chihuly
  • Kelli O'Hara
  • Bela Fleck
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Alisa Weilerstein
  • Anoushka Shankar
  • Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band
  • And of course, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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