“It’s been a tough year for the cultural community”: A reimagined PVDFest returns

"Not quite as big as in the past but still a party."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- PVDFest is making its return after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

After a year where small businesses took a major hit, they were able to stay afloat and survive by being creative. This year, the popular arts event, PVDFest, is back and ready to boost the City’s economy.

Organizers tell ABC6 they’ve “reimagined” the cultural event, making it a new experience, different from years past.

“This year, we’re distributing events and unique opportunities in August and September, all leading up to the 25th and 26th to experience the arts in parks in different settings,” said Kathleen Pletcher, FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director.

The change is in effort to ease the community into hitting the town and enjoying those smaller-scaled events, while still providing momentum and excitement leading up to PVDFest in September.

“It’s been a tough year for the cultural community.”

Darrien Segal, manager of Craftland, tells ABC6 she’s excited for the event to bring more people downtown.

“Not quite as big as in the past but still a party,” she told ABC6.

Craftland is organizing the Craft Fair portion of the event, allowing local artists to apply to have any handmade art featured at the festival.

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