Explore the world through art and music: Rhode Island's 45th Annual Heritage Festival on October 21st at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will host Rhode Island's 45th Annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 21st, from noon to 5 PM at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. Leave your passport at home, and join a lively celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage. WaterFire Arts Center will be filled with culture, music, and dancing from around the world. We are honored to have Governor Dan McKee provide a welcoming address, and Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore share information about RI’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. Kobi Dennis and Angela Sharkey will return as festival emcees. This unique event bridges Rhode Islanders’ cultures and showcases a world of creative talent within the state. Rhode Island heritage groups will present cultural exhibits, visual art, and musical performances. Cultro PVD, Eat Village Greek, Angkor Boba Tea House, and The Luxe Lemon food trucks will offer an array of traditional foods and drinks to purchase. The children’s area will have free face painting, arts, and crafts. Starting at 11:30 AM, the 88th Army’s Rock Band “Down Rage Rhythm" will warm up the crowd before the festival officially begins at noon with a parade of international flags from over 30 countries. Rhode Island’s 45th Heritage Festival features a world of cultural performances, including singing and dancing from various heritage backgrounds. Check the schedule for performances and presentations, including: 12:00 PM Governor Dan McKee Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore RIHPHC Executive Director Jeffrey Emidy Ahlyha Nicole Bright – Singing the National Anthem Eastern Medicine Singers - Drum and Singing Fraternidad Folklorica Boliviana - Dance PADAM - Dance 1:00 PM Jason "Panman" Roseman – Steel Drums Nazeli Armenian Dance Group - Dance Dance BFF - Bollywood Dance Seoyon Kim - Korean Harp Azama Dance Group - Middle Eastern Dance 2:00 PM French American School of Rhode Island - Singing Colombian American Cultural Society – Dance Valiant Arts - Haitian Dance Quisqueya In Action Folklore Dance - Dominican Dance Rhode Island Black Storytellers 3:00 PM Bavarian Brothers - Music and Singing Aftab Dance Group - Iranian Dance Mohitosh Talukder Taposh - Bangladeshi Musical Kelley School of Irish Dance - Dance 4:00 PM RI Swedish Heritage Association – Swedish Folk Songs Arte Latino of New England - Storytelling Napua O' Polynesia - Dance India Association of Rhode Island - Dance Falun Dafa Association of New England - Meditation Instruction Heritage organizations will host table displays to share information about their cultures, sell arts and crafts, and engage attendees in hands-on activities. Presenters include: Andean Cultural Center of Rhode Island Arte Latino of New England Books Are Wings Cape Verdean Museum Center for Southeast Asians Colombia In Rhode Island Cultural Society Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Ecuador Cultural Alliance Falun Dafa Association of New England French American School of Rhode Island Greater Providence YMCA Haitian American Partnership For Positive Actions Inc. India Association of Rhode Island India Museum & Heritage Society International House of Rhode Island Iranian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island Jason "Panman" Roseman Korean American Association of Rhode Island Lady Elfreda H. Thorpe and Williametta Thorpe Medalit Scott representing Peru Nixon Leger Peace Flag Project Providence Children's Museum Refugee Dream Center RI Black Heritage Society RI Day of Portugal RI Office of Attorney General RI Office of Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion RI Swedish Heritage Association Roger Williams Park Zoo Shea Fashion Turkish American Cultural Society of Rhode Island United Way 211 RV This festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsors include United Way of RI, Amica Insurance, Coastal1 Credit Union, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Bird, and Navigant Credit Union. For more information about the Rhode Island Heritage Festival, please visit: https://preservation.ri.gov/heritage/45th-ri-heritage-festival.