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Dialogue Dinner

DIALOGUE DINNER
with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Matthew Shenoda

a community dinner and conversation with renowned violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD, in dialogue on the role of the artist as social activist.
FREE – RESERVATION REQUIRED

Angélique Kidjo Remain in Light

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO
Remain in Light

Global pop superstar Angélique Kidjo brings her brilliant reimagining of the Talking Heads’ great opus, Remain In Light to the FirstWorks stage!
Tickets on sale November 19

Angélique Kidjo Student Event

MUSIC AND CONVERSATION WITH ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO
Arts Learning Student Event

Tickets are free for RI public schools – space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Kathleen McAreavey to reserve: 401-868-1149

Aurea Ensemble

AUREA ENSEMBLE
Of Nature Composed

This superb string quartet and performance ensemble explores the intersection of nature, science, the arts and humanities through America’s most eloquent voices on our natural world.
Man in costume with outrageous red and green mask/headdress (photo credit: Iounex)

Machine Dazzle Mask Making Workshop

COVER YOUR FACE IN STYLE
with Celebrity Costume Designer Machine Dazzle

Create your very own over-the-top face mask in this hands-on Zoom workshop for all ages. No experience or shopping required! The theme of the event is MUSIC. Participants will be guided to create a piece inspired by a favorite song, lyric or genre using RECYCLED materials FOUND around the house, in the garden or on a walk in a park. Just bring your creativity!
Registration Required
A group of women in matching yellow sweatshirts and ripped jeans tap dancing

Tap Workshop with Syncopated Ladies

TAP WORKSHOP WITH SYNCOPATED LADIES

Fierce Footwork. Female Force! Join the founders of Syncopated Ladies, Emmy nominated choreographer Chloe Arnold & Maud Arnold for an upbeat and fun Tap class from the comfort of your home!

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.

Celebrate CUNNINGHAM

CELEBRATE CUNNINGHAM
with FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative

Immerse yourself in a cinematic experience seven years in the making about legendary American dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham. Watch the film online #athome and then join us for a special Q&A with director Alla Kovgan and co-producer Elizabeth Delude-Dix.

Summer Beats Concert Series

SUMMER BEATS
CONCERT SERIES
at Roger Williams Park

Co-presented by FirstWorks and Roger Williams Park Conservancy. Keep your eyes and ears peeled in the park for our pop-up concert series featuring live, socially distanced performances with local and international flavor! Check out our full line-up here…

Global Journeys

GLOBAL JOURNEYS
CONCERT SERIES
at Roger Williams Park

Co-presented by FirstWorks and Roger Williams Park Conservancy. Our pop-up Global Journeys fall concert series featured a spirit-lifting line-up in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Park visitors enjoyed weekly live arts experiences spanning a world of styles, from salsa and French Cajun to West African kora and indigenous jazz.

Oumou Sangare and Sidy Maiga

GROOVE TO THE RHYTHMS OF OUMOU SANGARÉ AND SIDY MAIGA

Produced by FirstWorks Brown Arts Initiative. Experience the soul-lifting sounds of Mali with Grammy winner Oumou Sangaré, hailed as the greatest living female voice in African music, and master drummer Sidy Maiga. Premieres on Facebook and YouTube live – find out more…
A woman playing a charangon string instrument wearing a green turban and colorful makeup

Sofia Viola

SOFÍA VIOLA
in concert

Be transported to a colorful, yet deep place with a daring blend of Latinx musical genres. Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with PVDFest. Watch now…
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Fidel Nadal

FIDEL NADAL
in concert

Rolling Stone Magazine hailed the Argentinian vocalist as “The Rasta who revolutionized Latin Rock.” Get a taste of Pan-African consciousness and good vibrations in this special concert with Fidel and his band, performed in a Mexico City recording studio.
A young man with heavily tattooed arms and a Black woman singing into a microphone wearing a red feathered hat and red dress

Arts Across America

ARTS ACROSS AMERICA
Featuring Rose Weaver and Sokeo Ros

Presented by the Kennedy Center as part of Arts Across America—a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country.
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Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce Pandemic

TAYLOR MAC’S
HOLIDAY SAUCE… PANDEMIC!

Taylor Mac’s irreverent seasonal spectacular “Holiday Sauce” reimagined as a virtual celebration, blending music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
FirstWorks Urban Carnevale A Musical Celebration

Urban Carnevale

URBAN CARNEVALE

A virtual music festival for your soul, livestreamed to your living room! Featuring legendary jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with the Democracy! Suite.