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With Expanded Event, Elorza Looks To Cement Legacy Of PVD Arts Festival

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The Providence Arts Festival will be back in June with a new name, and high hopes from city officials. The summer can be quiet in downtown Providence,...

  The Providence Arts Festival will be back in June with a new name, and high hopes from city officials. 

The summer can be quiet in downtown Providence, but for three days last year thousands thronged the city’s International Arts Festival. This year, city officials have renamed the festival PVD Fest, and hope to expand their offerings. The line-up so far includes live music, theater, and art installations.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, has touted the festival as a signature event inspired by South by Southwest, the festival that helped make Austin a trendy tourist destination.

Providence spent $700,000 dollars putting on last year’s festival, funded by a combination of corporate sponsors, grants and city funds.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, with FirstWorks director Kathleen Pletcher.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, with FirstWorks director Kathleen Pletcher.