Providence International Arts Festival

Celebrating the Providence International Arts Festival

What's a massive festival without a massive kickoff party?

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What is a festival without an opening ceremony? The Olympics, FIFA World Cup and Sundance Film Festival all open with a grand spectacle to kickoff their events, and this June's Providence International Arts Festival (PIAF) is no different. 

On June 11 at 7:00pm, organizers, artists and guests will celebrate the inaugural PIAF with a showcase featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and performances at The Biltmore Hotel to celebrate the start of the four-day celebration of arts in the Creative Capital. 

Peter Bramante, FirstWorks managing director, is hoping the festival will create “something that is unique to Providence that will also become a major draw on the cultural festival scene,” and said the opening party would be a fun evening with a sampling of the array of the festival’s events.

The ceremony will give attendees a glimpse into some of the festival’s top attractions, including a sneak peak at the world-renowned Earth Harp, while also showcasing art from local students who work with FirstWorks, Bramante said.

Opening ceremonies are often synonymous with expensive celebrations – the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing cost about $100 million or $8,000 per second, according to NPR – but this opening ceremony is different, as it is designed to raise money for general operations of the festival.

“It serves as a fundraiser to help raise additional funds for the festival… but it’s also really a way to rally citizen champions around the idea,” Bramante said.

Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased here.