The PVDFest is a fun and inspiring four days held in Providence during the month of June. Strivers can come and listen to bands playing music from different cultures. See art from many local artists, as well as artists from around the globe. There are other activities such as coloring on the art wall, and playing games like Corn Hole with friends, or maybe team up with someone you have never met before. Strivers can also participate in the PVDFest if you are a musician, singer, performance artist, visual artist, or creator of your own type of art. On the official website for the PVDFest is the participation page.
For the fifth year Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and the founding partner FirstWorks hosted PVDFest 2019 on June 6 – 9, in and around Kennedy Plaza and Westminster Street. These streets were closed down so visitors to Providence and natives could enjoy live music, visual art installations, dance, food, and drink. There were four stages with a different band playing every half hour.
Dance and other kinds of performance art were held in different places throughout the festival. On the main stage, The Syncopated Ladies performed, while the crowd watched and danced with them. They are a female tap dance band from Los Angeles. Their viral videos have amassed over 50 million views, and they give full-length concerts “Syncopated Ladies: Live”. There were also Mimes in the festival. Mimesis is the representation or imitation of the real world in art or literature. Some Mimes would interact with the visitors and others were so still if you didn’t pay attention you missed them.
Besides entertainment and fun, there was food and drink at the fest. You could buy anything from granola to shucked oysters. Drink frozen lemonade or ice cold beer.
The best part of the festival was being surrounded by the diversity of Providence. Diversity doesn’t need to mean divide or separate. Our differences do not pull us apart but are what make us unique and interesting to get to know. Understanding each other is what brings individuals together. Peoples are made up of individuals that come together to form a dance band, an art collaborative, a sports team, a family, a college campus, a city…