Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival will be celebration of freedom

Event will present full day of online programming

Staff report
Posted 5/31/20

A full day of online programming that includes panels, performances, a marketplace and the Dream Big awards will make up Denver’s newly imagined virtual Juneteenth Music Festival. The 2020 online …

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Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival will be celebration of freedom

Event will present full day of online programming

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A full day of online programming that includes panels, performances, a marketplace and the Dream Big awards will make up Denver’s newly imagined virtual Juneteenth Music Festival.

The 2020 online festival will take place June 18 on www.JuneteenthMusicFestival.com.

According to a news release, the goal of the festival is to educate the larger population about the American milestone and mobilize to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

The Dream Big awards honor individuals who have set high standards for achievement in business, education, arts, and service, as well as community activists, leaders and entrepreneurs who dream big enough to have a positive impact on their communities and the African American community as a whole, the release said.

This year’s recipients include Joy Ann Reid, of the “Reid This Reid That” Podcast and MSNBC; Tiffany Aliche, “The Budgetnista”; Chanel Turner, founder of The Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival; and John Burns, founder of Icon Talks.

The 2020 Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival acknowledges the importance of the arts and the role music played in communication among enslaved African Americans. This year’s platform is a global stage for musicians, vocalists and artists to celebrate the importance of art, storytelling and inclusion.

The full day of programming will include live content such as a women’s panel, LGBTQ panels, an “Icon Chat” with Sen. Rhonda Fields and more celebrating the African American and Black experience and Juneteenth history.

Historically, Juneteenth takes place in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Denver and is the largest Juneteenth celebration in the country. Presenter JMF Corp takes on the challenge of continuing this tradition amidst social distancing guidelines.

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