PVDFest Summer Happenings, a half of Providence’s signature arts competition, proceed citywide and culminate in downtown Providence the weekend of September 25-26, 2021. PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Council President John J. Igliozzi , the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and founding companion FirstWorks at present announced particulars for PVDFest, Providence’s signature arts pageant, taking place June 10-12, 2022. Since its inception in 2015, PVDFest has featured over 5,000 artists, performers, and curators, and has regularly drawn more than one hundred,000 attendees yearly into the guts of Downtown throughout competition weekend. Throughout July, PVDFest Summer Happenings noticed over 45 artists contribute to 15 events with hundreds of attendees. A genuinely unique arts pageant, PVDFest has grown yr after yr, providing new and thrilling artistic experiences that spotlight the Creative Capital. The competition is co-produced by the City’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism in partnership with Founding Partner FirstWorks, a Providence-based arts non-profit.


One of probably the most prolific and enduring artists on the local hip-hop scene, the constructive messages and everyday struggles reflected in Chachi’s lyrics have earned him a loyal fan following. Rooted in basic hip-hop, Chachi’s sound is constantly evolving, seamlessly incorporating both reside instrumentation and his Cape Verdean roots. This repeat PVDFest headliner may be relied on to uplift the party with beats, rhymes, and life wherever—and with whomever—he takes the stage. Tonight, Rhode Island Philharmonic will carry out their annual concert!

On August 21, Doors Open RI will provide three multidisciplinary journeys of “Providence Waterways”, a multimedia, collaborative, storytelling project. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways invitations you to immerse your self in place-based tales, sounds, and occasions that explore Providence’s water. On August 23, The Womxn Project will mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition with projections and readings at Brown’s University Hall. Since 2015, PVDFest has introduced people from all corners of the globe collectively for a transformational arts experience. Throughout the previous two years, we’ve curated over one hundred smaller, in-person or virtual celebrations to help our local artists and convey PVDFest magic to our neighborhoods.

Lead singer and lyricist Chaska Paucar goals to “bring therapeutic to people” by deconstructing and embracing the darker sides of life, and welcoming listeners alongside for the experience. This year’s occasion is headlined by musical artists Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, and Hit La Rosa. The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band is about to kick off the weekend in fashion, bringing with them pure vibrancy and fun for all. Their unique sound pays homage to the New Orleans brass band custom, seamlessly mixing parts of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B.

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