BRIEF HISTORY OF FESTIVALL
FestivALL began in early 2004 when several citizens met with Charleston mayor Danny Jones to ask about creating a comprehensive arts and entertainment festival. Mayor Jones then spoke with Mountain Stage producer/host Larry Groce who suggested a combination of originally produced events with productions already being mounted by local arts groups. That idea led to the template of mixing local, regional, national and international talent and productions.
Since its inception FestivALL has had the support of the Mayor and City Council. Support and production help has also come from the Kanawha County Commission, Charleston Newspapers, Fund for the Arts, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston Area Alliance, Charleston Main Streets and many business, civic and arts organizations. It also receives financial support from the State of West Virginia, the Central WV CVB, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and other foundations, corporate and business sponsorships, individual contributions and ticket revenue.
- 2005: initial three-day FestivALL with 120 performances and exhibits
- 2007: the number of days increased to four and events and attendees also increased
- 2008: FestivALL became ten days with attendance of over 40,000
- 2012: First strategic planning session
- 2012: FestivALL Fall began
- 2013: FeastivALL fundraiser began
- 2013: FestivALL partnered with the West Virginia Sesquicentinneal celebrations and sees highest attendance yet
- 2014: FestivALL launched its charitable contribution campaign Friends of FestivALL
- 2015: FestivALL showcased over 400 local, regional, national and international artists and arts groups. FestivALL also hired its first employees, and completed succession planning for its first transition in leadership.
- 2015: FestivALL partnered with long-standing New Year's Eve Good Night celebration
- 2016: FestivALL added FestivALL Preview on Memorial Day weekend, partnering with Vandalia Gathering and celebrated the 12 Days of FestivALL in celebration of its 12th year
- 2017: FestivALL celebrated its 13th year with over 600 artists, 80 events, 300 performances and exhibitions in 40 venues. FestivALL also completed a second strategic plan, added the Ticket Town program, expanding its outreach efforts, moved into a ground-level window office in downtown Charleston, and prepared to add it's third employee in the beginning of 2018