The program at this year’s festival features a mix of long-standing crowd favorites — from blues, Cajun, and Irish to Tuvan throat-singing and gospel brass “shout bands”– as well as seven cultural traditions never before presented at the festival. The latter include several that festival organizers have long hoped to present, such as traditional music and dance from Syria and a steel pan orchestra.
Venture Richmond Events, working in partnership with Unlocking RVA, is launching a new event this year prior to the 2nd Street Festival. Jackson Ward on Wheels is a trolley tour of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with five stops along the way at popular restaurants for passengers to experience tastes of Jackson Ward.
To celebrate 125 years of educating and encouraging women’s contributions to the Richmond community, The Woman’s Club (TWC) has increased The Woman’s Club Scholarships to a total of $100,000 this year, inspired by Mary-Cooke Branch Munford, a founding member well known in Virginia for advocating for women’s educational opportunities.
“Black business, Black culture, and Black creative expression continue to flourish in this region, making it more vibrant than ever before,” says advisory board chair Enjoli Moon. “The Black experience in Richmond is rooted, yet rising—this is a place where we connect with our past, celebrate the present, and look toward a bright future.”