Dickens Festival Days will be January 21 -23, 2011 and will move to the Riverside Convention Center. Many exciting activities and events for all ages are planned. Plays, street performers, food vendors, educational workshops, musical performances, and exhibits are just a few of the things featured.
The purpose of Riverside Dickens Festival is to enhance a sense of community among citizens of Riverside County and Southern California by creating a series of literary events that bring together people from all segments of society. Also to provide 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.
Donations are welcome! In fact the organization is dependent on donations from large corporations and foundations, small businesses and individuals. Donations are tax-deductible Internal Revenue Code Section 501( c) (3) public benefit purposes.
Please make checks payable to: Riverside Dickens Festival and mail to:
P. O. Box 113
Riverside, CA 92502-0113
History of the Riverside Dickens Festival:
Twelve original adaptations of Charles Dickens' works and related subjects have been produced by the Riverside Dickens Festival. International award-winning marionette artist, David Simpich has presented two Dickens plays, "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations". Original Dickens book adaptations written by local writers and directed by Inland Empire artists have been "Oliver Twist", "Great Expectations", "A Christmas Carol", "David Copperfield", "A Tale of Two Cities", "The Pickwick Papers", "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", "The Old Curiosity Shop", and "Angel In The Architecture" (a conversation between Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens). Other 19th century authors featured have been Hans Christian Anderson and Lewis Carroll.
Adult and student book discussions covering "A Tale of Two Cities", "Great Expectations", "Oliver Twist", "American Notes", "Nicholas Nickleby", "The Old Curiosity Shop", and "David Copperfield" have been held.
Numerous cultural events have been added each year. They are as follows: "Queen Victoria and her Royal Court", Mr. Fezziwig's Victorian Ball, Victorian teas, costume fashion shows and contests, lectures, variety shows, Pub Night, Evensong concert, book discussion, movies and video theater, art and historical exhibits, Oliver's Alley for children, street entertainment and art workshops.
The London Marketplace on the streets in front of Riverside's historic buildings is the location for the festival. Vendors and craft demonstrators sell their wares and costumed characters proudly promenade.