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Official Lineup Of Providence International Arts Festival Announced

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The lineup has been announced for the first annual Providence International Arts Festival. Part of the idea is branding the city as a national cultural...

The lineup has been announced for the first annual Providence International Arts Festival.  Part of the idea is branding the city as a national cultural destination.

The festival will take place over four days this June, and will feature more than 500 artists. International headlining acts include African singer Angelique Kidjo and the Mexican Squonk Opera.

Even with international headliners, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza stressed that festival will showcase dozens of local acts.

“This isn’t so much about creating culture.  It’s simply about taking all the arts and culture that already exists, so we can market it to the rest of the world,” said Elorza.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the event is meant to capitalize on what Providence already has. Elorza highlighted the idea of a signature arts festival as a candidate last year. Citing the New Orleans Jazz Festival as inspiration, the mayor said he hopes the festival will become a cultural institution.

“Let’s think big and lets think long term so that 20 years from now, the headliners at these stages will be all the kids that are inspired to pursue careers in arts and music because of what we’re doing here today,” said Elorza.

The 700-thousand dollar bill for the festival is being footed by a variety of corporate sponsors, charitable organizations, and federal grants. The lineup has been announced for the first annual Providence International Arts Festival.  Part of the idea is branding the city as a national cultural destination.

The festival will take place over four days this June, and will feature more than 500 artists. International headlining acts include African singer Angelique Kidjo and the Mexican Squonk Opera.

Even with international headliners, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza stressed that festival will showcase dozens of local acts.

“This isn’t so much about creating culture.  It’s simply about taking all the arts and culture that already exists, so we can market it to the rest of the world,” said Elorza.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the event is meant to capitalize on what Providence already has. Elorza highlighted the idea of a signature arts festival as a candidate last year. Citing the New Orleans Jazz Festival as inspiration, the mayor said he hopes the festival will become a cultural institution.

“Let’s think big and lets think long term so that 20 years from now, the headliners at these stages will be all the kids that are inspired to pursue careers in arts and music because of what we’re doing here today,” said Elorza.

The $700,000 bill for the festival is being footed by a variety of corporate sponsors, charitable organizations, and federal grants.

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Official Lineup Of Providence International Arts Festival Announced
Official Lineup Of Providence International Arts Festival Announced