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FUNDA FEST 25: Live Performance with Antonio Rocha!

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Mt Pleasant Library - Main LevelRoom
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
315 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Community Libraries of Providence is proud to partner with Rhode Island Black Storytellers to present three free live in-person performances as part of the 25th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling this January 2023!

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

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. with Antonio Rocha at Mt. Pleasant Community Library

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


Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA.

Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award-winning DVDs, a picture book, and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.

For more information about Antonio, visit his website:


FUNDA means "to learn" in Zulu (one of the African languages spoken in South Africa). RIBS chose this name for the festival because storytelling is the most ancient way people of African descent (and other cultures) passed on history, traditions, and cultural knowledge. Not only that, it looks like FUN!

For more information and the full festival schedule, visit

Contact Information
Karina Veras
(401) 272-0106 x4202
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