FESTIVAL PASSES AVAILABLE!
2021 Guest Tellers
This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship of RIBS programming and reaches a statewide audiences of thousands. Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers, local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England . For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 23rd year in a row.
Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
CHARLOTTE BLAKE ALSTON
Rhode Island Black Storytellers
RAMONA BASS KOLOBE
LINDA & SUMNER MCCLAIN
Saturday, Jan. 23
SUNDAY, Jan 24.
Thursday, Jan. 28
Friday, Jan. 29
Saturday, Jan. 30
Sunday, Jan. 31
OVER 25 PERFORMERS From Around the World!
Experience the talents of performers from the African Diaspora. Our artists hail from the US, the UK, the Caribbean, and the African Continent.
April Armstrong won the 2020 J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award from the National Storytelling Network and the 2015 BRIO Award for Storytelling from the Bronx Council for the Arts. Her CD, The Cat Came Back won a Parent’s Choice Award (Silver).
Music, storytelling, spoken word and more
Because there are so many ways to tell a story! And in Black Storytelling all these genres have a place. Storytelling is not just “reading books to kids.”