For the fifth 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, June 6-9, 2019. Providence's world-renowned art, culture, and culinary community will join forces with artists from around the corner and across the globe to deliver a once in a lifetime experience.
There are hundreds of exciting musical performances, art installations, and ideas to experience at this year’s festival – here are five of the must see events:
Three temporary art installations have been commissioned for the 2019 festival to activate public space in the festival footprint. Installations will be on view for the duration of the festival and will remain throughout summer months. One of these installations is curated by local design collective Pneuhaus. They’ll debut their new project Pnit, a 3D hanging knit textile swatch which will be installed within the festival footprint as a representation of Providence’s rich history in the textile industry.
The beloved PVDFest Food Village will be returning to Kennedy Plaza with over 50 vendors showcasing unique foods sure to satisfy every festival-goers appetite! The Food Village will be open throughout festival weekend with 5-11pm on Friday, 2-11pm on Saturday, and 12-6pm on Sunday.
BONUS: Major League Eaters, pretzel enthusiasts, and festival goers will also have the unique opportunity to witness the first-ever Malted Barley World-Record Pretzel Eating Championship hosted by The Malted Barley in the beloved Food Village on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm.
Since its creation in 2015, PVDFest has featured 5,000 artists from around the corner and across the globe. This year’s talented performers and entertainers will continue the tradition of transforming Downtown Providence into a party in the streets with one such performance by the Syncopated Ladies. Curated by FirstWorks, this all-female tap sensation will take PVDFest by storm with a Saturday performance at 6:30pm and Sunday at 12pm. The group has previously performed on Good Morning America, at the U.S. Open, and is known for their viral video tap salute to Beyonce in 2014.
PVDFest is about exchanging fresh ideas and new creative concepts from Providence’s vibrant cultural communities and around the world. Since Providence is a maker city, festival attendees will have the unique opportunity to see the Creative Capital through the eyes of its burgeoning creatives and makers at the Make-A-Kinder Providence Make-A-Thon Pitch Fest on Sunday at 3:30pm in Providence City Hall.
Each year, FirstWorks curates spectacles for PVDFest that create indelible memories. For this year’s festival, FirstWorks brings eVenti Verticali‘s suspended dance performance, Quadro, to the streets- and skies- of Providence on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival. Inspired by the dream of dancing on a flying wall, the Italian vertical theater group will perform their unique blend of theatre, circus acrobatics, and dance on an aerial stage suspended from a construction crane over Kennedy Plaza. eVenti Verticali has performed in twenty countries around the world, and PVDFest will be the group’s Providence debut (and a great reminder always to look up!)