International Arts Festival This Weekend

An opening night party Thursday at the Biltmore kicks off this weekend’s Providence International Arts Festival produced by FirstWorks and the City of Providence.

Seen here is Squonk Opera — Pneumatica which has three shows scheduled for Saturday on Kennedy Plaza.

Figures and tentacles grow, powered by blowers and vortex fans, and culminate in the 40-foot high Lady Pneumatica raising her inflated arms to the air with a wind turbine on her head. Squonk Opera has played on three continents and in more than 25 states, using blowers, pneumatic controls, inflatables and live music to immerse their audiences in interactive, site-specific public events that attack and celebrate the idiosyncrasies of our world.

All Hail Lady Pneumatica. Angelique Kidjo also performs on Saturday night. And check out the Earth Harp — what tha?

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