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PVDFest 2018 Home

PVDFEST 2018
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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 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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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

SALON: JAZZ IN RI HISTORY AND CULTURE

SALON: JAZZ IN RI HISTORY AND CULTURE

On 2/27, FirstWorks will present Urban Bush Women performing Walking With ‘Trane, a work emblematic of UBW’s practice of weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Join us for a discussion of the history and role of jazz in RI. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Musician dancing alone in a spotlight on an otherwise dark stage

Social Justice Fair

SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR
Raise Your Voice!

6-7 PM in the Parish Hall. Join FirstWorks and over 15 local organizations before DBR’s Redemption Songs and Sonatas performance to learn how you can Raise Your Voice and make the world a better place for all.
FREE – tickets are required for the 7 PM performance in the sanctuary
Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca

SOLEDAD BARRIO AND NOCHE FLAMENCA

SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA

Sizzling flamenco electrifies the stage as this Madrid-based company of dancers, singers and musicians provides an authentic look at a fiery and expressive art form.
Emily Dickinson - seated portrait

Some Favored Nook

SOME FAVORED NOOK
New England Premiere

A new chamber opera from Rhode Island composer Eric Nathan based on the incredible 24-year correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and essayist, abolitionist, women’s rights advocate, and Colonel of the first black regiment in the Civil War, Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Taylor Mac

TAYLOR MAC
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist and Tony-nominated theater artist chronicles an unseen history of America through a hand-picked selection from his epic 24-decade pop odyssey, ranging from murder ballads to disco and everything in between. Co-Presented by FirstWorks with the Brown Arts Initiative.