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January 14-21, 2017


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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 audience




Saturday, January 14th


Family Storytelling Concert

Westerly Public Library

44 W. Broad St, Westerly, RI

1:00 pm



Sunday, January 15th

Madam's Backyard Bash

Southside Cultural Center,

393 Broad St, Providence, RI

Doors open - 3:30 pm

Event - 4:00-6:00 pm

Cash Bar – Food available for purchase

Ticket price - $10


Monday, January 16th


Providence Children's Museum

100 South Street, Providence, RI

Various times

Free with Museum Admission



Tuesday, January 17- 20th


Storytellers in the Schools

RIBS and invited national guests tour Rhode Island Schools




Thursday, January 19th

Family Storytelling Concert

YWCA Rhode Island

514 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, RI

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm




Friday, January 20th

Liar’s Contest

Mixed Magic Theatre

560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

Doors open - 7:00 pm

Event - 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cash prizes – First place -$50.00, Second Place – $30.00

Cash bar – Hors d'oeuvres served

Ticket price - $10



Saturday, January 21st



Southside Cultural Center

393 Broad St
Providence, RI

Storytelling, outdoor winter games, crafts

Refreshments Served

10:00 am -3:00 pm




Saturday Night

Storytelling for Grown Folks

Southside Cultural Center

393 Broad Street, Providence, RI

Doors open - 7:00 pm

Event  -  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cash bar - 50/50 Raffle

Ticket price - $10


Limited Seating, Purchase Your Tickets Today!


Funda Events Tickets - 2017
  • Funda Fest 19, 2017
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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
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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