WESTERLY, RI - Funda Fest 12, an annual cultural festival organized by the RI Black Storytellers, begins on Sunday, January 17 with “Tales from Black History,” a Family Storytelling Concert. It starts at 1 pm, admission is free, and it happens at a new location: The Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon St in Westerly, RI.
Funda Fest continues all week, bringing workshops, story swaps, school shows, and public performances of spoken word, love stories, folk tales, and true stories from Westerly to Woonsocket, Providence to Newport. Headlining this year’s invited national guests is Grammy-nominated Christon Bacon, aka Christylez (pronounced Chris- styles) a progressive hip-hop artist out of Washington, DC.
”We are so excited to have Christylez with us this year. Several of us had seen him at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC this past summer. He is a young guy with a lot of talent and a great mix of old traditions and new flavor. Christylez is a talented musician and a poet who understands the Black oral tradition,” says Valerie Tutson, FUNDA FEST Director. “We had invited him, and then found out he will be headed to LA right after he leaves Rhode Island.” Christylez has been nominated in the “Best Musical Album for Children” category for a collaboration done with Folk/Children Music Duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer.
Other updates to the schedule include to the event on Friday, January 22: Spoken Word and Love Stories hosted by Christopher Johnson. The event starts at 10pm and will take place at Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue in Providence, RI. Admission is $5.
To read the full press release about Funda Fest 12, click here. For up-to-the-minute updates and info about the RI Black Storytellers, visit www.ribsfest.org.
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