It’s time for Foo Fest!
Kidoinfo.com is a proud sponsor of this music and arts festival that is fantastic for families! In fact, kids 10 and under are free!
This summer block party takes place on Empire Street in Providence starting at 1 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018. It’s 12 incredible hours of music, art, performance, and kid- and family-friendly activities. Plus, delectable food and drink, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and arts and cultural organizations, and more!
Best of all, it’s a fundraiser for AS220, a creative place + artist community that serves hundreds of local kids every year. AS220 includes art programs for teens as well as residential and work studios, galleries, and performance and educational spaces. Their facilities and services are made available to all artists who need a place to exhibit, perform, or create their original artwork, especially those who cannot obtain space to exhibit or perform from traditional sources because of financial or other limitations.
Get lower-cost advance tickets now
Get your $10 tickets in advance to Foo Fest 2018! Kids under 10 are free. Tickets cost $15 day of the show. Plus, Kidoinfo is giving away a bunch of tickets! Check out our Giveaway page, which will soon let you enter to win. You can also add $15 to your ticket price to help support a major renovation of AS220’s buildings. Read about their campaign.
But let’s get right into the good stuff – what’s happening for families at Foo Fest!
Family activities at Foo Fest
Artist In Residence Keri King’s Astronaut Rally / Space Shuttle Launch / Parade!
Foo Fest Artist-in-Residence is Keri King. At Foo Fest, King and friend Carmel Dundon will be hosting Crowns & Costumes art activities for children and families from 1-6 pm. King is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Providence, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. To learn more about her, visit this web page.
- 1 – 4 pm: Find King under the big tent with the AS220 Industries and the “astronaut makerspace” table, and create your gear for the launch!
- 4:00 pm: Join the astronaut rally at the Foo Fest photo booth under the big tent to meet your fellow astronauts and make a space soundscape!
- 4:30 pm: Blast off with the Space Shuttle Launch + Parade all around Foo Fest!!
- Carmel Dundon: Make your own masks and crowns! All materials provided, all ages welcome!
- Vacuum-form your own “3-D Adventure Mask!”
- Get your photo taken at the official space-themed Foo Fest 2018 photo booth!
- Solder your own L.E.D. constellations and glowing cat-eye necklaces!
- Make your own buttons!
- Print your own tote bags, bandanas, t-shirts, or drink koozies!
- Face painting!
- Indigo Garden chill-out zone!
- Mural display!
- Youth-made arts, crafts, and merch marketplace!
Make your own PAPER!
Scientific professionals (yes, really) answering questions and provide reassurance in these times of uncertainty.
Blick Art Materials
Paper marbling demos!
Foo Fest 2018 MC: Ricky Rainbow Beard
Ricky Rainbow Beard is the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called ‘The Rainbow Beard Show.’ Held bi-monthly at the AS220 Black Box Theatre, it is equal parts spectacle and classroom. Audience participation is encouraged and each ‘show’ features special guests, recurring characters, minute-long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings. Ricky Rainbow Beard will act as Foo Fest 2018’s MC throughout the day, entertaining kids and encouraging them to get involved with activities available across the site! He will be presenting “FOOD FEAST” right after Keith Munslow performs.
Live PRO(V) Wrestling
Live Pro(v) Wrestling hosts monthly wrestling at AS220’s Black Box Theatre. To celebrate Foo Fest, the heroes and villains of Live Pro(v) will take their battle outside onto Empire Street! Take part in a family-friendly show with characters such as a telekinetic meta-human-supervillain built in a mad scientist’s laboratory, a tuna with a wicked Rhode Island accent, a tyrannical king from the realm of Beaheadya, the world’s unluckiest pizza delivery guy, an easily distracted cat, and bunch of real meanies that are really asking for a bruisin’! LPW seeks to make a space that feels welcoming to both casual and die-hard supporters of professional wrestling, get there early to get your mind power-slammed!
- Matches starting at 2:30 PM! Live Pro(v) Wrestling prides itself on being open to and accepting of all people of all backgrounds, identities, and ages, and at Foo Fest they’re kicking the family-friendly vibe up a few notches!
You get what you get and you don’t get upset
“For months we’ve been compiling random nouns, ideas, concepts and numbers, writing them down, and putting them in a box. We’re ready for people to reach in the box, pull something out, and we’ll paint it on their faces. Nothing obscene or vulgar, we promise, but you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”
Even more demos + activities from:
- The Steel Yard! Gather Glass!
- Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art!
- Providence Children’s Museum
La Feria Artisan Market
- Elfido Recinos- Guatemalan crafts
- Carolina Arentsen- visual arts
- Kate Sanders-Fleming – visual arts/mexican crafts
- Helen Santana|Gianna Soares – flowers
- Emilio Montilla – books
- Laura Espinel – wood crafts
- Evans Molina- visual arts
- Lydia Perez – jewelry
- Kianny Antigua – Books, Children crafts
- Watta Police – t-shirts, prints
- My Cultura – clothing
- Taylor Warf
- Jade S.
Providence Comics Consortium
The Providence Comics Consortium teaches comics and cartooning at Providence Community Libraries all over Providence. And they publish work by kids and comic artists of all stripes! PCC will be doing “Answers from Space” – an advice booth outside of the Black Box Theater – people will ask a question at the booth, which will then travel to the comic artists who will draw an answer / reply and have it sent back down to the waiting recipient on earth!
Musician, storyteller, cartoonist, and stand-up comedian for kids will be bringing his special brand of entertainment to the festival. He will perform at 1 pm. Keith has been performing at AS220 since it first began back in 1985. His comedy theatre show, The Empire Revue, takes place every month at AS220’s Main Stage. Keith also teaches and performs musical improv at The Providence Improv Guild. As a composer, Keith has created original music for Perishable Theatre’s Shows for Young Audiences, as well as main stage productions, Manton Avenue Project, and choreographer Heidi Henderson.
rivers/rios/lives/vidas | loom project by Leslie Atik
Leslie will be bringing her looms from her studio outside to Empire Street during Foo Fest 2018. Please join her in weaving a new work that, once completed, will be installed in the Open Window at 115 Empire Street. Leslie is a work studio resident in AS220’s Dreyfus building. Leslie integrates her interests in language and textiles in her artwork. She has degrees in Spanish literature and linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in fibers from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
We will be there all day! At the Kidoinfo.com table, your children can come “Make your own bookmark!” This fun activity has kids using markers, crayons, and stickers – so many stickers – to make a bookmark they can take home with them. We do it to encourage a a love of reading! Please come see us at Foo Fest 2018!
Music at Foo Fest
There will be two music headliners at 2018 Foo Fest:
Rah Digga (born Rashia Fisher) is an American rapper, model and actress. The Jersey native is well known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad, a Hip Hop group led by Busta Rhymes. She parted ways amicably with the group in 2007 and continued to have a prosperous solo career. She has been called “one of rap’s most prominent women MCs” by Allmusic and has been deemed “one of Hip Hop’s most skilled female MCs” in the book How to Rap. You can catch Rah Digga on the weekly podcast she hosts with Lord Jamar titled the “Yanadameen Godcast.”
Pere Ubu (Official)
In 1975, the Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled to be the Crosby Stills Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in London, Paris, Manchester, New York and Minneapolis. Pere Ubu was changing the face of rock music. Over the next four decades they defined the art of cult; refined the voice of the outsider; and inspired the likes of Joy Division, Pixies, Husker Du, Henry Rollins, REM, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Bauhaus, Julian Cope and countless others. With all their past material recently reissued, Pere Ubu are one of the few bands of that era still consistently producing new material that captures the attention of music critics worldwide.
17 more incredible music acts:
Show Me The Body
Chachi Carvalho – Chachihiphop
Black Acid Prophecy
Harvey Garbage + The Flowers
The Daily Note presents Foolish Heart & Mizuchi
AS220 YOUTH ZU-KREWE
We can’t wait to see you at Foo Fest!
All Photos: AS220