Highlights TV Show Features FestivALL Charleston


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Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing June 10, 2019 –  June 17, 2019 highlights FestivALL Charleston.

We interviewed Brittany Javins, Executive Director of FestivALL. She discussed their 15-year history and what FestivALL is all about.

Partnering with over 90 arts and community organizations and hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists each year, FestivALL, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is considered a premiere arts collaborator of Charleston, West Virginia. FestivALL is city-wide and multi-arts and serves its mission through its 10-day June FestivALL, FestivALL Preview in May, an October FestivALL Fall, a monthly speaker series called Three Things, and other programming throughout the year. Each year FestivALL includes over 100 events, and 300 performances and exhibitions from music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities and more. These events take place in over 40 indoor and outdoor venues, and many events are free or low cost.

The mission of FestivALL Charleston is to create, produce and present vibrant arts experiences and entertainment opportunities and serve as a catalyst for others in the community to do the same.

FestivALL is know for it’s mult-arts, multi-venue summer festival and mini fall festival when a “City becomes a Work of Art”, but how else does FestivALL contribute to its community and the local and state economies?

  • A City Becomes a Creative Destination and Home: FestivALL helps create a lively city environment where entrepreneurs, artists and families want to visit, live, work and play. It’s become a time for homecomings, reunions and inviting friends to visit.
  • ​​A City’s Children Become Achievers: FestivALL provides educational opportunities for young people such as the Neighborhood Arts Program (including Ticket Town,  Art-for-ALL children’s juried art exhibition, the Children’s Art Fair), and summer internships, as well as informative panels and seminars for adults.
  • A City’s Economy Becomes Robust: The arts are an essential part of Charleston’s identity and FestivALL showcases Charleston as a unique and desirable place to visit, contributing to the financial growth of artists and area businesses. Each summer FestivALL brings in and estimated $1.2 million in local spending, by residents and attendees from 17+ states.


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Brittany talked about some of the highlights: Mayor’s Concert, Art Parade, Dance Festival, Downtown Open, Moses Live on the Levee, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off, Ice Cream & the Arts, Wine & Jazz, the River Queen cruises and so much more. Check out all the events here.

Brittany also announced that this would be her final FestivALL as the Executive Director.

Maria Belcher will be assuming that role in July.

Thank you Brittany for a GREAT run!

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If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.


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