A celebration of Black Storytelling: Jan. 23-31, 2021

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
TEJU OLOGBONI
APRIL ARMSTRONG
Fred Johnson
CHARLOTTE BLAKE ALSTON
Noel Quiñones
ALIM KAMARA
Sheila Arnold
Lebo Mashile
Wendy Shearer
Usifu Jalloh
Valeria Elliott
Regie Gibson
Baden Price

Rhode Island Black Storytellers

VALERIE TUTSON
ROCHEL COLEMAN
LEN CABRAL
V. RAFFINI
MARLON CAREY
RAMONA BASS KOLOBE
LINDA & SUMNER MCCLAIN

Our Sponsors

Some of our Events

Saturday, Jan. 23

SUNDAY, Jan 24.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Friday, Jan. 29

Saturday, Jan. 30

Sunday, Jan. 31

FUNDA FEST 23 IS EXCITED TO SHOWCASE

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.

Noel Quinones

Noel Quiñones is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and community organizer from the Bronx. Watch his YouTube Videos.

April Armstrong

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.”

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