The Revel strives to attract visitors to Shreveport's Festival Plaza each fall by providing an exceptional event! This annual nine-day festival serves over 25,000 students via three arts education programs and directly supports over 25 local nonprofit organizations. Numerous visual and performing artists, businesses, and organizations collaborate and the community comes together to celebrate the arts each fall at the Revel! From the Hospital Residency program that takes Revel performers to inpatient facilities and three arts education programs (Pre-K - 2nd, 4th Grade, and afternoons/weekends) to headliner concerts that attract thousands, the Revel truly serves everyone.
Studies conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts have proven that the Arts attract tourism, create employment, improve well-being and support local economies. With adequate funding, the Revel will continue to provide income opportunities for artists, employ hundreds of performers, and partner with local non-profit organizations to raise funds; all thanks to thousands of volunteer hours. The Revel attracts visitors who infuse dollars into the local economy and generates tax dollars on local, parish, and state levels. As the Revel is an important "Quality of Life" event for the community, the community is an integral part of the Revel's success. It is our intent, with your help, to achieve another 47 years providing Arts Education, significant cultural experiences, and financial contributions to the Shreveport-Bossier community.
The Revel began in 1976 as the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier' s Bicentennial gift to the citizens of the region. In 1983, the Revel achieved 501(c)3 status. The Red River Revel, Inc. programs over 30 days per year in Shreveport via four events: CORK, Revel, Brew, and the Shreveport Farmers' Market.
"Nothing but love for you guys! Been there 25 years, your like family" - Paul Goddard/Hands Unlimited
"Thank you for allowing the Northside Elementary School Dance and Percussion Troupe to perform at Revel 44. For many of the children it was their first time on a stage. They were so excited today as they arrived at school this morning from their performance experience. ..... You've helped motivate them to keep trying which translates into doing well in school. The $100 we received from you has gone to the purchase of leotards, tights, and dance shoes for some of the children whose families were unable to afford the purchase of some of those items. Thank you" - Geraldine Walker, Northside Elem Music Educator
"...We hope that you will let us perform for you again. I worked so hard to get ready for you. My mom came to see me. She told me that I did a great job." - La'Jayla Brown, 5th grader
"Thank you for letting us come and perform for you. We enjoyed our performance and hope you all enjoyed our performance. Wegave our all in this performance. ... We would like to do our show for you again." - Sha'Anthony, 6th grader
"You all did a really great job by giving the little kids somewhere to go and have fun. I bet you all worked really hard on a place like that." Daisha Harrison, 4th grade