Tuesday, June 12, 2007

WEEKEND PICK: FirstWorksKids Festival in Providence

Providence, Rhode Island will play host to the FirstWorksKids Festival this week. The festival line-up features over 30 artists in performances and workshops, a rollicking parade, and two free shows by 2007 Grammy-winner Dan Zanes and Friends.
The 4th Annual FirstWorksKids Festival promises a cross-cultural jamboree loaded with dance, music and fun drawn from the four corners of the globe and the rich diversity of the Providence community.
The all-FREE FirstWorksKids Festival takes place from Market Square (Main & College Streets) to Benefit Street to Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, June 16th performances start at 1 p.m. and conclude with the Family Fiesta Finale beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Waterplace Park.
A “Sneak-Peek” dance demonstration by Lydia Perez and the Bombitas on Friday night, June 15 from 5-7 kicks off the festival at the Providence Children’s Museum.
Zanes will perform two high-energy shows at the RISD Auditorium at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office, which opens at 12 noon for both shows. Limit four tickets per person. (Note: last year’s shows sold-out).
“FirstWorksKids celebrates the richness of this city’s diverse cultural landscape,” says Lynne McCormack, director of the Providence Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism. “The festival showcases local and global performing artists, truly bringing the world to our doorstep.”

FirstWorksKids 2007 Schedule
* 1:00, 4:00 pm Dan Zanes and Friends RISD Auditorium, College and Main Streets All ages. Tickets free but will go fast. Box office opens at 12 noon for both shows. Four tickets per person limit.
* 1:00, 2:30 pm Akwaaba African Drum and Dance Ensemble, College Street Stage
* 2:00, 3:30 pm Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre,
RISD Museum
* 1:30, 3:30 pm Grand Falloons, “Cirque Menagerie” Benefit Street, Frazier Terrace Stage
* 1:30, 3:15 pm Leonard FourHawks, Native American storytelling, Benefit Street, Farago Entrance to RISD Museum
* 1 – 5 pm Outdoor performances, including Opera Outside Inside Out, What Cheer? Marching Brigade, Providence Roller Derby, Nettukkusq, Native American songs, Shanti and Pavitra Muthu with traditional dances of India, and Rising Stars Showcase, talented young performers from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts perform the cultural traditions of Brazil, Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, Greece, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US.
College Street Stage, Riverwalk, Market Square, and Benefit Street stages.
* 5:00 pm Join Big Nazo, What Cheer? Marching Brigade, the folk art workshop’s Chinese Lion, Roller Derby Glams, Akwaaba and others for the Pick-Up Parade to Waterplace Park to be led by Dan Zanes.
* 5:30 – 7:30 pm FirstWorksKids Family Fiesta, Waterplace Park Featuring the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Puerto Rico’s Guarayson Ensemble with Lydia Perez and the Bombitas.
In the case of sustained rain, these performances will be moved to the RISD Auditorium.

Continuous Events
* 1 – 5 pm Big Nazo puppet-making workshop, Market Square Stage
* 1:00 – 4:45 pm Chinese Folk Art Workshops, Dough Art and other activities
Riverwalk Gazebo Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Boston
* 1 – 5 pm “Day of the African Child” Empowerment Through Art–The Strength of Creative Human Expression exhibit and virtual tour of Uganda, Illustration Studies Gallery, RISD
Presented by Plan USA and YUGA (Youth United for Global Action and Awareness)
* 1 – 5 pm R.I. Rock Gym’s Rock Climbing Wall , Benefit Street West
* 1 – 5 pm 93.3 Coast FM Kidz N’ Family, College Street Bridge, Educational…interactive…fun at Imagination Market
* 1 – 5 pm WBSR 88.1 FM, Brown Student Radio, Riverwalk Inset.
* 2 – 4 pm Vejigante Mask-Making Demonstration, Benefit Street, Frazier Terrace Demonstration Area Traditional Carnavale character masks of Puerto Rico
Note: A Red Cross first-aid station will be located at the corner of South Main and College Streets.

Dan Zanes Photo by ARTHUR ELGORT

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