Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 23, 5-9pm

Opening Festival: - Southlight

Southside Cultural Center of RI

393 Broad Street, Providence

Performances by Partners:

RIBS – Rhode Island Black Storytellers

RILA –Rhode Island Latino Arts

P.I.G. – Providence Improv Guild,

The Cambodian Society

The Laotian Society,

Food trucks, children's activities, an outdoor movie and more!


Sunday, October 2

One Minute Playwriting Workshop


Monday-Tuesday, October 17-18

Every 28 Hours: One Minute Play Festival


Saturday, October 29

(At the Southside Cultural Center)

Day Long Workshop with Ysaye Maria Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, followed by a Community Sing that night.

More information coming!

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Little Rest Storytellers
Martin Luther King Community Center
Providence Children’s Museum
Southside Cultural Center
Trinity Restoration, Inc.
Westerly Public Library
YWCA Rhode Island

Igniting A Passion For Storytellers

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Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS)

Is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.

Annually, RIBS presents FUNDA FEST:
A Celebration of Black Storytelling. This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship RIBS program and reaches a statewide audience of several thousand.


The week long celebration is observed from Martin Luther King birthday (Monday) through the following Sunday, every January. Tellers present a variety of performances and workshops throughout the state of Rhode Island, from school performances for K-12 to intergenerational and family work shops, to evening spoken word and storytelling concerts for adult audiences.
























Save the Dates!


January 14-21, 2017


Funda Fest 19: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

Featuring Oba William King and Leeny Del Seamonds



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Funda" means "to teach and to learn" in Zulu and KiSwahili. FUNDA offers the best in cultural "edu-tainment."
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
New Dates
January 14-21, 2017
FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
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Thank you for supporting this effort!

There are three ways to donate and become a part of RIBS.

With the PayPal option you can donate any amount you feel comfortable with. Simply click the link above and you will be directed to our PayPal account.
Send a text to 729725 (PAYPAL). Specify the amount and add RIBS' email address: ribstorytellers@verizon.net.
Click and PRINT donation card, fill it out - mail to specified address on the card.

   »Become a RIBS sponsor please use our contact form or call: 401-421-7427.
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