The Riverside Dickens Festival, Inc. is a regional educational non-profit corporation, both California and federally tax-exempt. In support of literacy, the Riverside Dickens Festival seeks to enhance a sense of community among California residents by creating a series of literary events that bring together people from all segments of society. Annually, it provides educational, family-oriented, literary entertainment and activities such as plays, dramatic and musical performances, pageants, living history presentations, workshops, lectures, classroom study, exhibits and a street bazaar with free entertainment, vendors, and costumed characters.

The Riverside Dickens Festival holds its primary event in February in historic downtown Riverside, California on the Main Street Mall between University Avenue and 11th Street. The featured book for the 2018 festival is Great Expectations and you are encouraged to keep that in mind if appropriate to your proposal. The 2018 festival will be February 24 and 25 and will feature performers in the following categories:

Street Performers – Outdoor venue – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
Street Performers may be musicians, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, puppeteers, or any other period entertainment. Performances run continuously throughout the day. Preference given to “Pass the Hat” performers.

Street Characters – Outdoor venue – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
Street Characters may be any Dickens character. The actor should research the character, and develop dialogue with which to engage the audience. Performances run continuously throughout the day.

Hyde Park Corner – Outdoor venue – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
Street Characters will mount the Soapbox and deliver a five-minute speech, prepared by the actor, on a Victorian social, literary, or political issue, then take questions from the crowd.

Tented venues – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
May be a play, musical performance, lecture, portrayal of an author who was a Dickens’ contemporary or other period appropriate entertainment. Costumes and performances must fit the period: Victorian, England. Performance times run 30 – 45 minutes maximum.

Grant Family Stage – Outdoor venue – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
This is a family friendly stage set in the time of Charles Dickens’ England. Costumes and performances must fit the time period. Performance times run 20—25 minutes, with a minimum of two performances each day.

The Tavern – Tented venue – Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM—5 PM
This is a adult venue set in the time of Charles Dickens’ England. Costumes and performances must fit the time period. Performance times run 30 minutes, with a minimum of two performances each day.

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