Event nameFirstWorks Urban Carnevale
event Date Begin09-20-2014
event Date End09-20-2014
venue NameGreater Kennedy Plaza
venue Address12 Kennedy Plaza
event Ticket InfoFree
event Ticket Url
event Start Time5pm
secondary TypeDANCE, FAMILY FUN, FOOD, FREE, MUSIC, THEATRE, SPECIAL EVENTS
A celebratory evening of music, spectacle, art, and food capping four days of activities celebrating FirstWorks 10th Anniversary. The free public celebration brings the world to Providence with never-seen-here-before performances from Australia, Italy, Morocco, Mali, and Rhode Island.
The FirstWorks Urban Carnevale turns all eyes to the night sky with Australia’s Strange Fruit, a troupe of daredevils suspended high above the crowd within illuminated globes; fires up the night with ancient rhythms and wild dance by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, new generation masters of southern Italy; and introduces the exotic gypsy spirit of Morocco with the funk/jazz blend of Ribab Fusion, the Berber culture's one-string answer to the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. This not-to-be-missed party also features a rare North American appearance by charismatic Malian singing sensation Oumou Sangaré (presented in collaboration with Providence’s Afrika Nyaga 6th Annual Festival); and 100 voices joining in a preview of RPM Voices’ RI-Sounding Voices, a harmonic convergence of choruses from across Rhode Island.
Audiences will feast their eyes on visual arts from Providence's The Avenue Concept, a top emerging arts organization marrying public art and civic concerns, watch Tape Art transform a building facade, express their deepest hopes and dreams in a pre-Carnevale creative and spiritual ritual with The Providence Peace Flags Project, and marvel at FirstWorks Rising Stars, young virtuosos performing their cultural traditions.