Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic.
The Richmond Main Street Initiative is gearing up for its annual Spirit & Soul Festival Sept. 29, anticipating an even larger crowd than last year.
After establishing Richmond’s first improvement district—the Downtown Richmond Property Based Business Improvement District — the man street initiative is attracting growing support for its efforts to revitalize downtown.
“It’s an exciting time for Richmond Main Street,” said Amanda Elliott, the initiative’s executive director. “We are thrilled to have accomplished something some thought was virtually impossible to do—engage a group of property and business owners to support the revitalization efforts of downtown.”
Designed to promote the rejuvenation of Richmond’s downtown, the 4th annual Spirit & Soul Festival is a fundraiser for Richmond Main Street that celebrates the renewal of the historic downtown and promotes community-wide efforts of restoring the area as a vibrant, pedestrian friendly urban village offering products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect the district’s diverse heritage.
Spirit & Soul 2012, which takes place from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, features local favorite Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Richmond Blues Diva, Tia Carroll and others—set within outdoor bazaar atmosphere complete with a range of dining showcasing local restaurants and food trucks, wine tastings, and unique artisan shopping.
There will also be a special event, hosted by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Arts in Motion, which will offer guests an opportunity to explore the rejuvenation of downtown through the arts with a new, interactive window display by Bay Area-based digital artist Scott Snibbe.
Richmond Arts in Motion festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with family oriented activities including arts and crafts, bouncy house, face painting, performances by East Bay Center resident performers, and Mexican and African music and dance processions.
Activities will move inside the renovated historic Winters building following the installation’s dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. for more performances, including a script-in-hand reading of scenes from a new Center-commissioned play.
The East Bay Center for Performing Arts is located at 339 11th St. in Richmond.
For more information visit www.richmondmainstreet.org or call (510) 236-4049.