The Richmond Forum Tickets
The Richmond Forum tickets
Fans ready for a stimulating evening of new ideas and frank discussion won't want to miss a night of The Richmond Forum tour of speakers. The subscription-based series puts on just five events a year, featuring a selection of national and international speakers that includes heads of state, scientists, philosophers, journalists and artists from all disciplines, including photography, acting and even cartooning.
The Richmond Forum history
The first iteration of The Richmond Forum was founded in January 1964 as The Richmond Public Forum, a series of nationally and internationally known speakers hosted by members of the First Unitarian Church in Richmond, Virginia. That series ended its run in 1980.
The series was resurrected as The Richmond Forum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 1986. The driving force behind the new forum was Ralph Krueger, a member of the original forum who felt strongly that the forum programs should encourage listeners to explore the political, cultural and economic issues that shape today's communities. In addition to one or two keynote speakers, the program also features musical performances before the program begins and during the intermission.
The Richmond Forum background
Each The Richmond Forum program takes place in the 3,600-seat Altria Theater, which accommodates another 900 people with the aid of the "Simulcast Room," which features four giant screens located in the theater's ballroom. The Richmond Forum tickets are available by season subscription only, although on very rare occasions subscribers may donate individual event tickets back to the forum for resale if they can't make a show.
Existing subscribers to The Richmond Forum have priority in purchasing season tickets. Any tickets that aren't sold to subscribers are then sold to the public through a lottery system. The Richmond Forum routinely sells out and was named the city's "Best Speaker Series" by Richmond Magazine.
Over the years, notable speakers who have shared their personal stories and discussed current events include past presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan; former prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard; athletes such as Diana Nyad; artists such as Garry Trudeau (the creator of Doonesbury) and actor Alan Alda; and General Keith Alexander and former FBI Director Robert Mueller in a discussion about cybercrime.
The Richmond Forum programs
Every season, The Richmond Forum recruits four or five of the best and brightest high school juniors for The Richmond Forum Scholars program. The youths interact directly with the national and international speakers as they assist behind the scenes of that season's speaking tour, staffing VIP speaker receptions, greeting and checking in sponsored guests, and acting as runners for event staff.
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