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PVDFest 2019

ABOUT PVDFEST 2019

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city for 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 2019 Schedule

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PVDFest! June 6-9, 2019 in Downtown Providence

eVenti Verticali

EVENTI VERTICALI
Quadro

From Italy’s Vertical Theater – Look up! Born from a dream of dancing on a flying wall, “Quadro” is a stage suspended high in the air from a construction crane.

Syncopated Ladies

SYNCOPATED LADIES

Fierce Footwork. Female Force! The all-female tap squad sensation Syncopated Ladies’ have amassed over 50 million views worldwide since their video tap salute to megastar Beyonce went viral in 2014.

Grupo Niche

GRUPO NICHE

Get ready to dance the night away to some hot salsa music! Founded 40 years ago in the “world salsa capital” of Cali, Colombia, Grupo Niche is a legendary Pan-American salsa band with a fanbase that spans the globe.

Samite

SAMITE OF UGANDA

World-renowned musician and humanitarian Samite brings a message of peace and hope through the healing power of music.

Sona Jobarteh

SONA JOBARTEH

Africa’s first female kora virtuoso! “A griot for a new generation of west Africans”
— BBC Radio 3

Vox Sambou

VOX SAMBOU

The Haitian hip-hop ambassador brings a mash-up of socially conscious hip-hop that integrates Haitian roots music, Afrobeat, Latin grooves, and reggae beats to PVDFest!

DakhaBrakha

DAKHABRAKHA

Unexpected new music at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre.

Newpoli

NEWPOLI

Celebrate Italy with “a brilliant outfit who grab southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recast it in a dramatic style” –Songlines (UK)

Parade Style Workshop

PARADE STYLE WORKSHOP
with Celebrity Costume Designer Machine Dazzle!

Famed costume designer Machine Dazzle will lead a workshop for budding designers in developing a glam look for the PVDFest Parade – Family Friendly! All materials provided.

Leyla McCalla

LEYLA MCCALLA

Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla is at once earthy and elegant, her sound vibrating with three centuries of history yet strikingly fresh and distinctive.

PVDFest Ideas Keynote Lars Jan

PVDFEST IDEAS KEYNOTE
Artist Lars Jan – (HOLOSCENES)

Director and media artist Lars Jan creates exciting installations that “weave the unraveling stories of water” by simulating floods in boxes while people perform everyday tasks inside them. He strives to create visceral beauty and discomfort with these “HOLOSCENES” disrupting public and private spaces with the collision of the human body in water.

DBR PVDFest 2019

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
FirstWorks inaugural Artistic Ambassador

After a show-stopping collaboration with local musicians at PVDFest 2017, composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR) returns to launch a year long FirstWorks Artistic Ambassadorship reaching students across the state.

PVDFest 2019 Photo Highlights