Full schedule and free events announced for FringePVD this month

The full schedule of events has been announced for FringePVD: The Providence Fringe Festival® presented by The Wilbury Theater Group in collaboration with WaterFire Providence: July 17-30, 2022. Founded in 2014 by Wilbury Theater Group and presented since 2017 by Wilbury Theater Group in collaboration with WaterFire Providence, FringePVD brings together over three hundred individual artists from theatre, music, dance, multimedia and stage for two weeks of performances in and around the WaterFire Arts Center, as well as online.

Single tickets and Fringe PVD passes are available now. For tickets and the latest updates, visit: FringePVD.org

“The Fringe Festival’s goal has always been to foster an inclusive sense of belonging with our artists and the communities we serve,” said Josh Short, Artistic Director of Wilbury Theater Group. “This year, we’re building on that connection with our local businesses and partners in the Valley District. Everything from performances by the artists themselves at the WaterFire Arts Center and Steel Yard and beyond, to special events at Haus of Codec and Binch Press/Queer.Archive.Work, at The Sims Ave Block Party and Family Fringe on July 30, is created to celebrate the strengthening and cultural expansion of our neighborhood and foster that sense of community building through the arts .

This year’s FringePVD features dozens of in-person and online performances on ten stages, including multiple on-campus venues at WaterFire Art Center, The Steelyard, Farm Fresh, ISCO, Lost Valley Pizza Co., Binch Press/Queer. Archive.Work, and more.

FringePVD kicks off this year on Sunday, July 17 with an opening party from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and will continue its community focus with free events throughout the festival, including outdoor markets hosted by community partners at Haus of Codec more Sims Aves Block Party + Family Fringe.

On Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m., Wilbury Theater Group and The Public’s Radio present the Fringe Mayoral Candidate Forum on the Arts featuring candidates Gonzalo Cuervo, Nirva LaFortune and Brett Smiley in conversation with Don Mays, which will be broadcast by The Public’s Radio.

Family Fringe (July 30, 1-3 p.m.) continues this year with a kids’ foam party, free food and games, and performances by Moonshadow Puppet Theatre, PVD World Music, Manton Ave Project and of the Woonasquatucket River Rangers.

With support from the Rhode Island Commerce Placemaking Initiative, Wilbury Theater Group will host a Sims Ave Block Party (July 30, 3-6 p.m.) bringing together some of the valley’s most treasured establishments for a celebration of one of Providence’s most exciting neighborhoods. Partners include ISCO: The Industrious Spirit Company, Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery, New Harvest Coffee Roasting, the Steelyard, and more. Performances include Sidy Maiga and Chachi Carvalho and the International Band. Events continue on July 30 with the FringePVD Closing Party (8-10 p.m.) at Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery and the Steelyard featuring a public Festival celebration and performances by Robertico y su Alebreke and more.

FringePVD: The Providence Fringe Festival® is produced by Wilbury Theater Group and presented in collaboration with WaterFire Providence. Their year-round staff and creative teams serve in an official capacity for the Festival alongside staff, volunteers and part-time Fringe collaborators. Founded in 2010, Wilbury Theater Group’s goal is to provide audiences across New England with affordable access to cutting edge theatre. Through the development of our Main Series season, outreach and education programs, new job development programs (aka Studio W) and the Providence Fringe Festival®, they are proud to bring these professional theater productions to a community diverse and constantly evolving.

Photo: FringePVD 2021. by Erin X. Smithers.

Jennifer C. Burleigh