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FUNDAFEST 25: Live Storytelling Performances

If it's January, it's time for FUNDAFEST!

Community Libraries of Providence is once again proud to partner with Rhode Island Black Storytellers to present  three live and in-person performances as part of the 25th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. These library performances are free of charge.

A sankofa birthday celebration of black storytelling, FUNDAFEST 25 runs from January 14-29. Public performances are scheduled around Rhode Island and special festival passes are available! See the full schedule, meet the tellers and buy tickets and passes at fundafest.org . 

Monday, January 23 at 6:30p.m. with Marlon Carey at Rochambeau Library

Marlon Carey is a multitalented artist who is always looking for ways to help build community and inspire people to make positive changes to the world. As a storyteller, he weaves an intricate tapestry with words, using a variety of methods with respect to the Storyteller traditions of old. He is a full-time father of three remarkable children and three cats. 

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. with Amina Blackwood-Meeks at Mt. Pleasant Community Library

Amina is an award-winning writer, actress, storyteller, and Founder/Artistic Director of Ntukuma, the storytelling foundation of Jamaica. Her life skills as a mother, grandmother, educator, communication specialist, political scientist, social and cultural policy researcher/analyst, and farmer help her weave tales from the loom. Amina's stories cover a range of issues affecting gender, the environment, children, and the direction of human development. Ken Corsbie, Elder Statesman of Caribbean Culture, describes her stories as parables for the theatre: "An outrageous combination of education and entertainment; of glitz and thoughtfulness."

For more information about Amina, visit her website: https://www.aminablackwoodmeeks.com/.

Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. with Janice Curtis Greene at Washington Park Library

Janice Curtis Greene is an accomplished storyteller, an American Griot. She has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years. She is the President and Life Member of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) and Life Member and Past President of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, Inc. She is also a member of the National Storyteller’s Network and the Network of Biblical Storytellers International. Janice Curtis Greene has also been appointed by Governor Lawrence Hogan to serve as a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture. Read more about Janet here: https://www.janicethegriot.com/

ABOUT FUNDAFEST

Funda is a Zulu word, spoken by the people in South Africa. Long before there were books, the elders and griots and jaliyas—the storytellers-  were the keepers of the culture. They passed on stories and songs so the community would learn its history, values, and traditions, in the oral tradition. That’s what we offer here:  a place to learn.  Not only that, it looks like FUN!