Update: Chesterfield County’s first SPICE festival has been postponed to an unforeseen date in 2022 due to an “increase in COVID-19 cases throughout” Chesterfield, according to a tweet from the county.
UPDATE: SPICE Cultural Festival in Chesterfield Postponed to 2022 Due to Rise in COVID Cases | Richmond Local News
Chesterfield County and the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education will launch a multicultural festival to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in the county.
Taking place over two days in August, the first cultural festival SPICE – Sharing the practices of international cultures through engagement – will offer a multitude of free events, including live music, art gallery exhibitions, performances cultural, guest speakers and crafts.
The Perkinson Center, which had its virtual opening in December 2020, opened for in-person performances this month.
Art is an important aspect in many cultures, which the festival seeks to celebrate through community participation and engagement, said Dalila Medrano, Chesterfield Multicultural Engagement Coordinator.
“Our hope is that people can attend our festival and not only observe other cultures,” she said, “but that they can truly engage with our diverse communities.”
There will be various opportunities for people to learn more about the various communities that are found in the county. In a classroom-like setting, performers, using their instruments, can share and teach different elements of their culture.