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Rhythm of Change Festival

RHYTHM OF CHANGE FESTIVAL

The festival partners with FirstWorks, Rites and Reason Theatre, Urban Bush Women, Troupe Yeredon, Dr. Thomas DeFrantz and artists from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and NYC to engage with students and the larger community in ceremony, performances, discussions, and workshops. TICKETS REQUIRED

Requiem for the Living

REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING,
IN COLOR

Responding to the realities of living as people of color during these unprecedented times, filmmaker Carlos Toro and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain collaborate on a live stream cinematic journey in film and in sound.

Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
American Street Dance Theater

The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a 25th anniversary program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire.

Reimagining Gershwin

REIMAGINING GERSHWIN:
RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE

FREE lunchtime talk for Curator’s Circle Members RSVP required
George Gershwin’s enduring influence on African-American music is explored by Wall Street Journal Jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld and polymath composer/producer/musician Melvin Gibbs in this FirstWorks Creative Conversation.
Saodat Ismailova

Qyrq Qyz Panel Talk

PANEL TALK: THE INSPIRATION OF TRADITION – CENTRAL ASIAN COOL

Welcome the Aga Khan Music Initiative artists of Qyrq Qyz/Forty Girls with a community dinner and panel exploring the expression of traditional storytelling and music through the representation of powerful female mythology in the Muslim world.

PVDFest 2020

PVDFEST 2020

After careful consideration for our creative community both near and far, we’ve made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone PVDFest. While we won’t be partying in the streets this June, we’re working on ways to share PVDFest magic in 2020. Look for updates at http://pvdfest.com.

PVDFest 2019

2019 PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city for a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Artists from across the globe joined the Ocean State’s finest for a free outdoor party that inspireed the soul, fireed the spirit, and had thousands dancing in the streets. Produced by the City of Providence with founding partner FirstWorks.
Man plays guitar atop a stage powered by a cyclist

PVDFest 2018 Home

PVDFEST 2018
Watch FirstWorks highlights

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island that attracted over 100,000 participants. Check out FirstWorks highlights from the Creative Capital’s signature summer arts festival!

PVDFEST 2017

PVDFEST 2017
FIRSTWORKS ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks

PVDFest

PVDFEST
JUNE 2-5, 2016

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT K-12 TEACHERS: DANCE FOR EVERY BODY

Dedicated time with the artists provided for K-12 teachers at this jam dance workshop with Urban Bush Women celebrating “every body” and the diversity that attributes to a unique and powerful community. No prior experience required! At Brown University Ashamu Dance Studio. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
People dancing at a workshop

Pilobolus Community Workshop

COMMUNITY DANCE WORKSHOP WITH PILOBOLUS

Join FirstWorks and Pilobolus for this exciting creative movement program for teens and
adults (ages 14 – 100). Pilobolus dancers and teaching artists will lead participants in a movement class based on physical improvisation.

Pilobolus

PILOBOLUS
FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series

“Where acrobatics are liquified into poetry” -NY Times
Celebrate FirstWorks 15th season with a “mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers who leap, fly, intertwine and break all the rules.”