12th Annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival
Las Vegas – May 14, 2012 – To fete the achievement, education, commerce, art, health and wellness of African-American culture and promote diversity and unity, the 12th annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 at Symphony Park at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. The one-day festival is free for the general public. The festival features food, music, entertainment, exhibitors, children and family activities, performers and much more. Confirmed acts include soul singer Phil Flowers; multitalented group In-A-Fect; R&B vocal group Next Movement; and local favorite VanBuren. “We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 12th annual Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival, an event that recognizes an important moment in Black history while celebrating our community’s achievements in diversity,” said longtime community leader and Las Vegas Juneteenth Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Founder Diane Pollard. “We’re excited to be holding this year’s event at Symphony Park at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which will bring more exposure to this popular cultural event.” Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, the day Union Gen. Gordon Granger told slaves in Galveston, Texas, they were free – nearly 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation had ended slavery. The news sparked days of celebration. Since its inception, Juneteenth has evolved into a cultural celebration, highlighting the contributions of the diverse African traditions that enrich American culture, influencing food, art, history and music. Juneteenth is recognized as the nation’s oldest African-American holiday observance. In addition to commemorating slavery’s end and serving as a forum for cultural awareness, the festival is a fundraiser for Rainbow Dreams Academy, a charter school that opened in February 2007. The school promotes high scholastic achievement via academic rigor, small classroom sizes and data-based instructional curriculum. Space is still available for vendors, sponsors and guest speakers. Those interested in more information can log on to www.june19lv.com, or contact (702) 255-3001. You can also find the Las Vegas Juneteenth Festival on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LVJuneteenth or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LasVegasJuneteenth.
Symphony Park at The Smith Center for Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106