Elorza: PVD Fest will be bigger than International Arts Festival

Scott Delsole | WPRI-TV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Providence announced plans for one of its big summer events on Wednesday and promised it will be bigger and better than its counterpart last year.

Last year’s International Arts Festival brought hundreds of artists of all types to the capital city, as well as thousands of attendees to take it all in. Now called PVD Fest, the catch phrase being used for this year’s event is “rebranded and expanded.”

The four-day event kicks off June 2 and aims to celebrate many different art forms.

“Its impact sprawls far beyond four days,” said First Works Executive Arts Director Kathleen Pletcher. “The festival brings together almost every art form imaginable.”

Organizers expect thousands of people to visit the city to take in the art, music, food, and performances. Coming off the heels of a successful weekend of March Madness in the city, Mayor Jorge Elorza said he’s excited to have another reason for visitors to stop by.

“The very same talent that fuels our unique identity also comprises my vision for the festival,” said Elorza. “And that is for it to grow into a marquee and signature event around which Providence is known.”

Visit the PVD Fest 2016 website for more information about the event.