Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

Five musicians pose in fancy dress in front of a large mossy tree

Ranky Tanky

RANKY TANKY
Gullah music from the Carolina coast

The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B.
A woman in African headdress singing into the microphone with eyes closed and right arm raised overhead in a fist

Raise Your Voice

RAISE YOUR VOICE

…and celebrating difference through the performing arts. For sixteen years, FirstWorks has wielded the power of the arts to build community through inclusion and celebration of diversity. We invite you to browse program highlights representing our commitment to ensure representation of our diverse audience and their cultures on stage, in Rhode Island classrooms, and in local media.
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.

QYRQ QYZ GUIDE

QYRQ QYZ
Forty Girls

From a special student matinee performance of this modern bardic tale of a teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend. Topics: Central Asian culture and history, film, epic poetry, female warriors in history

PVDFest.com

IT’S COMING! PVDFEST 2017

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