Portuguese American Journal

Community: Fabric Arts Festival celebrates the City – Fall River, MA

The first edition of the Fabric Arts Festival takes place in Fall River, Massachusetts, September 25-28,  celebrating art, music, community and the city.

The four-day festival will be comprised of a series of music concerts, films, art exhibitions and murals.

The multidisciplinary event is organized by Casa dos Açores de Nova Inglaterra, with the curatorship of invited Portuguese artists Jesse James, Sofia Carolina Botelho, and António Pedro Lopes.

The program of events aims to interweave local traditions, places and people in the creation of a new way to experience the city, to inspiring a new narrative that builds upon Fall River’s industrial heritage and reinforces a cultural bond with Portugal. festival is a platform for creation and presentation of artistic excellence through a program of multiple arts exhibits and workshops. 

Using these art forms, the event will present a creative experiences that will challenge the audience to discover Fall River in new and exciting ways. Through the lens of a group of artists perceptions of the City will be transformed to becoming the center of their artistic discourse.

Dynamic projects will create temporary and permanent points of interest that will leave an indelible mark on the city, inspiring a new narrative that builds upon Fall River’s industrial heritage and reinforces a cultural bond with Portugal.

The Fabric Arts Festival will occupy several venues and locations in the Purchase St. area of downtown Fall River: The Narrows Arts Center, Gnome Create, the Fall River Carousel at Battleship Cove, The Eagle Event Center, People Incorporated, and the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.)

The goal is to encourage local artists to collaborate, converse and create with the invited artists. The festival will be preceded by a residential working period, where the community will be able to witness these works of art come to life.

The festival has been enthusiastically received by the local business and cultural community and has garnered the support of the following:

Institutional Partners: Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, I.P., Direção Geral dos Assuntos Consulares e das Comunidades, Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD),  Azorean Regional Directorate of Communities, Câmara Municipal de Ponta Delgada

Sponsors: Bank Five, Bay Coast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Super Bock, Sherwin-Williams, Matouk, Prima CARE, Carl’s Collision, Bristol Community College, Portugalia Marketplace, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD) 

Media Partners: WeLoveFallRiver

Creative Partners: Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD)

Full program and information @ FABRIC Arts Festival 2019 

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