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Squonk: Hand to Hand

PVDFest Spectacle Stage Providence, RI

Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza. Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible music, the show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members on stage to power the giant […]

10th Annual Afrika Nyaga Drum and Dance Festival

City Hall Stage 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Now in its 10th year, Afrika Nyaga showcases the incredible music and dance of Africa and the diaspora. The "festival within a festival" will be headlined by award-winning South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai, world-renowned Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré and return PVDFest headliners Sidy Maiga & Afrimanding. Special performances from local favorites Chachi […]

Dance Workshop and Creative Conversation with The Era Footwork Crew

Kennedy Plaza Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI

Grab your kicks and join Chicago’s The Era Footwork Crew to learn some of their fresh moves at this all-ages public dance workshop from 2:30-3:15 PM. Stick around to learn about the Crew’s activism work and the history of Chicago Footwork to the present day. Conversation moderated by Dr. Micah Salkind, Special Projects Manager for […]

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Squonk: Hand to Hand

PVDFest Spectacle Stage Providence, RI

Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza. Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible music, the show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members on stage to power the giant […]

Canceled: Phantom Notes

Pavilion near 243 S Water Street 243 S. Water Street, Providence, RI

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday evening’s performance of Phantom Notes is canceled. Please join us for FirstWorks Summer Beats on July 24th at Roger Williams Park Bandstand. A FirstWorks commissioned project by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández Gold, Silver, and Coin make a world of time. Prayer is in the ear of the […]

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: Flawless

Roger Williams Park Bandstand Providence, RI

Rhode Island’s own rap and hip-hop phenomenon is back to lay down the real talk at The People’s Park! From opening for Wu Tang, Ludacris and other giants, to his breakout TV performance as a finalist on the 2019 Netflix reality competition series, “Rhythm N’ Flow,” Flawless proves that many are manufactured, but few are […]

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: DakhaBrakha

The Strand Ballroom & Theatre 79 Washington Street, Providence

VENUE CHANGE ALERT: Due to an air-conditioning system malfunction in the main theatre at The Columbus Theatre, this performance has been moved to The Strand Ballroom and Theatre at 79 Washington Street in Downtown Providence. DakhaBrakha is touring tirelessly and playing concerts throughout the world to support Ukraine. The group encourages your donations to Razom […]

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: William Cepeda Afro-Rican Jazz

Roger Williams Park Bandstand Providence, RI

Celebrate the heritage of Puerto Rican music and its African roots. William Cepeda is a cultural icon of Puerto Rico. The four-time Grammy-nominated trombonist brings his revolutionary seven-piece Afro-Rican Jazz band to the FirstWorks stage. A protégé of the Dizzy Gillespie, Cepeda has created a new shade of jazz with a hip flavor, blending Puerto […]

Professional Development: Arts Integration Techniques for Neurodiverse Learners

This is a Zoom event

FirstWorks presents a Professional Learning opportunity for teachers to explore how to integrate the arts as a form of accommodation for neurodiverse learners in classroom settings.  Neurodiversity “describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right way of thinking, learning, and behaving, […]

The Telling: Daniel Bernard Roumain

WaterFire Arts Center 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

“The Telling” is a new collection of original live works by renowned Haitian-American composer, violinist,  and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Through instrumental solos, dance, and chamber music, the artists reflect upon and respond to the forces of crisis and communion in our lives, telling stories of our anger, anguish, and enduring hope. Surrounded by singers, dancers, and […]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: What Problem?

The VETS 1 Ave of the Arts, Providence

Co-presented by FirstWorks and Brown Arts Institute at Brown University “For him, dance is theatre, not just movement.” — The Guardian For almost four decades, the groundbreaking Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company has revolutionized modern dance while exploring issues of identity. The company’s work “What Problem?” evokes the tension between belonging to a community and […]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Town Hall Conversation and Brunch

Granoff Center for the Arts - Martinos Auditorium 154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Join director and choreographer Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, as they discuss the company's latest work, "What Problem?" and their collaboration with 26 local community participants for the Providence performance of the work.