A VIRTUAL celebration of Black Storytelling: Jan. 22-30, 2022

FESTIVAL PASSES AVAILABLE!

2022 Guest Tellers and Artists

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 24th year in a row.

Chetter Galloway
ESHU BUMPUS
MARIA BROOM
Antonio Rocha
Paul Keens-Douglas (DLITT)
DEREk Burrows
Donna "Kokumo" Buie
RiTA COX
KALA JOJO
Kala JoJo
Rudy Cabrera
Joshua Gillespi
MUSICAL GUEST: REIGN
Masankho K. Banda
Ashley Lauren Frith
Ashley Frith
Kufa Castro
Kufa Castro
BIG LUZ
Nothando ZULU
Dr. GCINA MHLOPHE
Amina Blackwood-Meeks
APRIL BROWN
Lebohang Masango
Magnolia
Lynette (Lyn) Ford
Chachi Carvalho
Shanta Nurullah
Zahra Baker
GWENDOLYN J. NAPIER
Dylan Pritchett

Photo courtesy of SRP Austin Photography

Rhode Island Black Storytellers

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

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Some of our Events

Saturday, Jan. 22

SUNDAY, Jan 23

Thursday, Jan. 27

Friday, Jan. 28

Saturday, Jan. 29

Sunday, Jan. 30

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.”

FUNDA FEST 24 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.

Chetter Galloway

Storyteller Chetter Galloway is as raconteur of African and African-American stories. Engaging and entertaining, he invites you to Feel the Rhythm and Live the Story! Visit Chetter's Site

Paul Keens-Douglas (DLITT)

An international performer, Paul makes regular tours of the Caribbean territories and metropolitan countries. Watch DLitt

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