PVDFest Happenings | Citywide | June – August
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For the seventh year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture+ Tourism and founding partner FirstWorks will host PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival this summer and fall. 

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FIRSTWORKS LIVE—MUSIC AT ROGER WILLIAMS PARK

June 27 @ 5:00 pm

POLYNESIAN DANCE TROUPE NAPUA O’ POLYNESIA Return to the thrill of live performances in a gorgeous outdoor setting! Join PVDFest and FirstWorks for a journey from global Jazz to Americana, from hip-hop to sounds from the mountains and rhythms of the sea. Grab your lawn chair (or blanket) and enjoy extraordinary artists in the park. Let these mesmerizing dancers, drummers, and musicians spirit you away on a cultural tour of the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii and New Zealand, then on…

Providence Waterways

July 1 - August 21

Launching in July 2021, Providence Waterways is a multimedia, collaborative storytelling project that takes a deep dive into our relationship with water. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways will safely invite our community to reveal and explore the forms that our City’s water has taken over time, the stories it tells, and the power it holds. Three primary portals will guide our journey:  An immersive, online StoryMap experience, available in both English and Spanish. A digital,…

Hope in the Ever-living Now: Writers Respond to Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” – a virtual program of PVDFest Ideas

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Public Library, in partnership with Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading, present “Hope in the Ever-living Now,” a live virtual event featuring new works of poetry, prose, and creative writing for performance in response to Frederick Douglass’ 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' The original work has been performed countless times in the 169 years since its debut, often in the days following Independence Day…

July 18 @ 5:00 pm

LATIN JAZZ MASTER CARLOS DE LEON • Sunday, July 18, 5 PM Return to the thrill of live performances in a gorgeous outdoor setting! Join PVDFest and FirstWorks for a journey from global Jazz to Americana, from hip-hop to sounds from the mountains and rhythms of the sea. Grab your lawn chair (or blanket) and enjoy extraordinary artists in the park.  Rhode Island-based trumpet powerhouse Carlos de Leon is one of the most sought-after jazz performers in New England. A…

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