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FRINGEPVD: The 2021 Providence Fringe Festival

Presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group and WaterFire Providence at WaterFire Arts Center, Providence RI

Jul 18 - 31 2021
FRINGEPVD: The 2021 Providence Fringe Festival

New England’s largest fringe theatre festival, presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group in collaboration with WaterFire Providence.

FringePVD 2021 is the 9th annual Providence Fringe Festival, a celebration of performing and visual arts by artists from all over the world, happening over a 2 week period between July 18-31, 2021. Since being founded by The Wilbury Theatre Group in 2014, with support from the Providence Tourism Council and others, FringePVD has grown into New England’s largest fringe theatre festival, bringing more than 20,000 audience members out to more than 100 performances featuring 500+ artists from

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Tickets for all performances are between $0-$15. Single tickets for all performances and Festival Passes are now available at

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This year’s FringePVD features 25 in-person performances and 22 online performances at ten stages, including a mobile flatbed stage.  Stages include multiple sites on WaterFire Art Center’s Campus, as well as performance spaces at the Steelyard, The Nicholson File, the new Farm Fresh building on Valley Street, and businesses along The Greenway.  In addition to stages for the in-person performances, FringePVD will also feature a streaming studio, on-site, for audience members to view the online performances from WaterFire Arts Center.

FringePVD kicks-off this year on Monday, July 19 with an Opening Night Party from 7:00 – 9:00pm, ­­­sponsored by TROOP and featuring performances by the Rhode Island Ukulele Armada and The Providence Drum Troupe.

FringePVD will continue its community focus with free events throughout the festival including a Family Fringe Day (July 26), live performances of Capture the Block (July 30 & 31) and a free Humanities discussion; “What is fringe?” (July 26).

Family Fringe will feature special performances by Moonshadow Puppet Theatre, PVD World Music, Manton Avenue Project and Woonasquatucket Ricer Rangers. Capture the Block is a community-centered storytelling piece developed by journalist Ana Gonzalez with support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ Culture is Key initiative, showcasing stories from Providence locals about the ways COVID has impacted their lives. Capture the Block, which had a virtual performance last February, will be collecting new stories from community members during FringePVD to showcase at the end of the festival.

The Humanities discussion, “What is fringe?” is moderated by Dr. Micah Salkind (City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism), public programming experts Christina Bevilacqua and Janaya Kizzie (Providence Public Library), performance studies scholar Avishek Ganguly (RISD) and multi-media performer and curator Shey Rivera Ríos. Together they will discuss what “fringe” means today, as artists have had to adapt the ways they create and share work with audiences.

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* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


WaterFire Arts Center

475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908


Onsite parking available in the front lot. More parking is available in the adjacent ALCO lots on evenings and weekends.


    • Wheelchair Access

The facility is fully ADA compliant. There are two handicap parking spaces available. Wheelchairs (2) are available on request. The second floor is accessible via elevator.

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