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January 23, 2016




18th Annual


A Celebration of Black Storytelling


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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.

January 16-24, 2016

FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

For more info/join our mailing list: www.ribsfest.org; friend us on Facebook

RIBS events made possible in part with support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and

The Providence Shelter for Colored Children and more!

Rhode Island Black Storytellers. Southside Cultural Center. 393 Broad St. Providence. 401.421.RIBS/401.439.7122

FUNDA FEST 2016 Schedule


Saturday, January 16, 2016 New Day!

Family Storytelling Concert:

Westerly Public Library

44 Broad St, Westerly, RI

(401) 596-2877

2:00 pm Donations


Sunday January 17 New Event!

Madam’s Backyard Bash: Live Jazz and Spoken Word

Southside Cultural Center

393 Broad St, Providence RI

2-4 pm



Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK: Amazing Grace at the Providence Children's Museum

100 South St, Providence

(401) 273-5437

11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm shows

FREE with Museum Admission


Tuesday through Friday, January 19-through 22, 2016

Storytelling in the Schools


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Family Storytelling Concert


514 Blackstone St. Woonsocket

(401) 769-7450

6:30 pm through 8:00 pm


Friday January 22, 2016 New Venue!

Spoken Word 7:30 pm

Liar’s Contest: 8:30 pm Tell your biggest lie before a panel of judges. Prizes!

Mixed Magic Theatre

560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI

$12 both shows

$8 Liar’s Contest only


Saturday, January 23, 2016 New Venues!

Family Storytelling Concert

Rochambeau Library

708 Hope St, Providence

1 pm

Storytelling Concert for Adults

Rites and Reason Theatre

155 Angell Street, Providence, RI

7:30 pm (Market Place Opens at 6:30)

$10 on line in advance. Credit/debit cards at the

Limited Seating for Storytelling Concert for Adults


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Family Storytelling Concert:

Martin Luther King Center

20 Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport

(401- 846-4828

2:00 pm, Donations

Full Festival Pass: $25 gets you into all ticketed events! Get yours now!

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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 17-24, 2016
FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
For more info/join our mailing list and friend us on Facebook.

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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