After a successful April edition, the Virtual Richmond Night Market Experience will be held again this Saturday, May 9 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., live at @richmondnightmarketva.
The second edition will include live painting with Richmond artist S. Ross Browne, as well as artisans and vendors participating from Puerto Rico to Richmond. The creative kids hangout will be powered by VPM/PBS and Brooklyn-based DJ Monday Blue will be on the virtual main stage. There will also be a special acoustic set by Richmond reggae artist, Mighty Joshua.
"We record from Canvas and allow attendees to virtually go into the galleries and art spaces of 20 participating artisans that we will be visiting virtually in Richmond, Va, Philadelphia, PA, Brooklyn, NY and Puerto Rico," says co-creator and media manager Melody Short via email.
According to a press release, last month's edition found an audience of over 13K and impressions of 62K on Instagram the week and day of the Virtual Richmond Night Market with one local artist finishing the evening with $1,400 in sales, doubling those sales by the end of the week and still working to fulfill additional orders received through the Virtual Richmond Night Market Experience.
“We are very proud of our decision to pivot and not postpone the kickoff of Season 2 of the Richmond Night Market. Under standard operations, we are a night market that draws a crowd of over 1200 people each 2nd Saturday of the month, all gathering in celebration of art, community and commerce locally," said co-founder Adrienne Cole Johnson in a press release. "We were committed to keeping each component of the Richmond Night Market and placing great emphasis on the commerce experience to allow our platform to leverage the global reach thanks to social media and ultimately create additional brand exposure, engagement and sales for participating artists."
For more information regarding media/press inquiries,sponsorship opportunities, featured artisans, or additional details, contact Melody Short at 212.518.4776 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.