PRONK 2017 WAS A BLAST!
SEE YA NEXT YEAR!
What is PRONK!?
PRONK! (the Providence HONK! Festival) presents a heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture by inviting people from all walks of life to come together for a day set aside for the celebration of music. We aim to blur social boundaries between audience and performers as well as between musical genres, resulting in a joyous reclamation of public space.
We are a cacophonous street celebration with out of town brass bands! We are a street intervention like no other, with outfits and misfits from Rhode Island and beyond – musicians, artists, activists, makers, and groups from around Providence – taking over South Water Street as part of the Providence HONK Parade.
RECLAIMS the streets with brass, beats, and feet!
IS a free occupation of public space.
IS people-powered music. No wires, no amps, off the grid.
IS a party.
IS spawned from the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, MA that has “grown into a new type of street band movement—throughout the country and across the globe—outrageous and inclusive, brass and brash, percussive and persuasive, reclaiming public space with a sound that is in your face and out of this world.” (~HONK!)
SUPPORTS education & questioning of mainstream narratives.
IS an antidote to mainstream culture.
IS a celebration of resistance to consumerism, colonialism, hatred, and injustice.
HAPPENS because of the work of hundreds of volunteers.
IS NOT consumer-driven.
ENCOURAGES youth to engage with music and art as a platform for social change.
AIMS to build relationships between and among artists and organizations.
IS NOT a Columbus Day parade.
BELIEVES artists and musicians have something to contribute to social justice movements.
DOES NOT support complacency and unquestioned acceptance.
ASPIRES to spark meaningful dialogues around challenges dividing our communities.
SEEKS to utilize the the visual and auditory noise of artists and local, national, and international street bands to highlight the important work of activists making change in our own community.
We, the community of PRONK! supporters and organizers, recognize that we have a long way to go.
WHO WE ARE:
We are a grassroots, neighborhood event made possible by the support support of the hundreds of local partners! Kickstarter donors, fundraiser attendees, and grantors provide critical support to bring this celebration to our park and streets. None of the bands will be paid for participating in the festival. Instead, they are inspired to travel great distances at personal expense to joyously celebrate their music in public spaces. Funds help cover a small portion of their travel expenses. Local businesses donate space and help us feed the 200+ musicians that will descend upon our streets. Friendly neighbors house band members while they’re in town. Rhode Islands artists and activist organizations come together to connect, offer voice to the cause of justice in our community, and to celebrate our shared vision. Volunteers roll up their sleeves to build, cook, create, clean, organize, speak, play and march. This day-long celebration of music and community activism, in the spirit of the Boston-based HONK!