PVDFest 2018

PVDFEST RETURNS!

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 how you can be a part of the Creative Capital’s signature summer arts festival!
PVDFest crowd of spectators cheering

BOX OFFICE: PVDFest Opening Night Party

PVDFEST OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Add your name to an impressive list of Providence Champions for the Arts by joining our host committee for the PVDFEST Opening Night VIP Party! Get tickets here:
People hold illuminated umbrellas in a rainbow of colors

Pilobolus

PILOBOLUS
The Umbrella Project

A participatory interactive art experience from the legendary performance group, The Umbrella Project is a colorful spectacle in which audience members wield lighted umbrellas devised by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT.
Man plays guitar atop a stage powered by a cyclist

Squonk Opera – Cycle Sonic

SQUONK OPERA
Cycle Sonic

FirstWorks presents Squonk Opera’s celebration of “all things bicycle,” featuring human-powered stages propelled by original chamber rock music!
Singer Buika in a black dress with leather cutouts

Buika

Spain’s BUIKA

FirstWorks presents “the voice of freedom” Concha Buika – a Mallorcan cantaora with a profound flamenco accent.
Two acrobats swing from poles mounted to a raised boat

Australia’s Sway Poles

AUSTRALIA’S SWAY POLES
Tall Tales from the High Seas

Expect astonishment as these world-renowned acrobats perform atop incredible sway-pole masts as their vessel “The Fabulist” pitches and rolls above the crowd!
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.
Four laughing women in colorful dress

LADAMA

LADAMA
Four sisters in song, rhythm and spirit

Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin –Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, but with a modern twist.
Singer Ayalew Mesfin performing on stage

Debo Band

DEBO BAND
with Sidy Maiga

The rebirth of Ethiopian Pop! “…fierce, jagged, complex, and galvanizing music.” -New York Times
Musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center seated with their instruments

Jazz at Lincoln Center

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
with FirstWorks Arts Learning

As the newest installment of their multi-year partnership with FirstWorks, this year’s Jazz and Civil Rights residency focuses on Jazz as an instrument of Social Change, and concludes with a public performance and Second Line march to the PVDFest parade.
Duo Riders Against the Storm looking at each other

Riders Against the Storm

RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM

A hip hop power couple’s musical movement conceived in Providence and taking Austin by storm
Taiko drummers playing large drums

Burlington Taiko

BURLINGTON TAIKO

Be dazzled by the spellbinding rhythms of the Japanese big drum.
Band posing with instruments

Troker

TROKER

Muscular jazz and mariachi infused with the grit and groove of funk and electronica.

Pakistan Truck Art

PAKISTAN TRUCK ART

Mobile and colorful folk art on wheels by internationally acclaimed truck artist, Haider Ali.
The Haunting of Buzzards Bay

Bonky Dolls

BONKY DOLLS
The Haunting of Buzzards Bay

A cautionary shadow puppet play about trying to go home again.
Artist Paul Coté

Paul Coté

PAUL COTE
Utopian Symphony

This performance of artistic fusion melds painting, music, and dance to create a unique visual experience!

BIG NAZO CREATURE CREW

BIG NAZO CREATURE CREW

Join Alien Go-Go Dancers, mischievous Cycloptic Astro-Trolls, Rowdy Robots and a cast of bizarre and unusual Creature Characters as they rock out with Mutant Musicians in a variety of mask & puppet performance styles.
Singer Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia

KIRAN AHLUWALIA

A modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan, her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Malian and Western blues, rock, R & B and nuances of jazz.