NTCDC Give Back Festival
The NTCDC Give Back Festival is an annual event, including concerts, that has been coordinated and conducted by the Nicetown Community Development Corporation (NTCDC) since 2002.
Conducted at the historic Stenton Park for the first two years, the event was moved to Nicetown Park to help bring attention to the corridor revitalization activities of the NTCDC. The Walk For Peace was added in 2005, to educate and mobilize the community about crime and violence, and the Give Back Festival was later expanded to a two-day event.
Today, the Festival includes recreation for children, a multi-cultural vending marketplace, Ivan "Mighty" Robinson youth amateur boxing competition, resource information pavilion, and live-band entertainment. The Zakee Abdur Rahman (ZAR) Education Scholarships were established in memory of the NTCDC president's eldest, who was lost to senseless violence in 2009. The scholarships are presented on the Give Back Festival main stage, providing financial scholarships to college-bound high school graduates.
In 2013, the Give Back Festival lasted three days, August 9-11, including a Sunday "Glory Fest" gospel competition and entertainment from groups of various faiths and cultures.