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Feria Del Libro Teams with Artisans’ Fair and Film Festival to Provide a Diverse and Colorful Celebration of Latino Culture

Published Date: 
September 12, 2016

The Popular Arts and Literary Festival is in its Third Year | en español

Feria del Libro y Las Artes de Providence (Feria) returns on Saturday, October 1 at Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA). Writers, visual artists, musicians and dancers will gather at a one-day event for discussions, readings, book sales and performances of Latino arts and culture. This year, Feria, an annual event founded by Providence Community Library, has merged with Feria Artisanal (the yearly Latin American Artisans’ Fair organized in collaboration with AS220) and features arts and crafts available for purchase. Additionally, Feria has partnered with the Providence Latin American Film Festival to present a free movie. Feria will take place 9:30A.M. -7:00P.M. at PCTA, 41 Fricker Street, Providence. Entry is free.

Feria’s keynote speaker is Mercedes Guzmán, international author and presenter, who will talk about her book, El Niño Olvidado (The Forgotten Child). Other writers attending Feria include Rhode Island author Alvaro Espino and Edgar Smith from New York. Acclaimed Colombian photographer Daniel Ochoan Vidal will fly to the U.S. to make a special appearance, give a talk entitled La fotografía, el Cuerpo y el Espacio (Photography, Body and Space) and exhibit his work.  Talented local poet Sussy Santana will direct Feria Artesanal. Folklore dance presentations include Ballet Guadalupano (Mexico) Los Cibaeños (Dominican Republic) and Cacica Dulima (Colombia).

A special forum, led by José Itzigsohn and Elvys Ruiz, will discuss Incorporación, Cultura e Identidad (Incorporation, Culture and Identity), reflecting on current immigration issues. The day concludes with a screening of Güeros (Mexico, 2015), directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Feria del Libro y Las Artes de Providence is presented by Providence Community Library and has been made possible through generous funding and support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Providence Schools, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Sodexo.

For more information, visit or call Carolina Briones, 401-467-2700, x 1608.