FALL RIVER – The FABRIC 2020 Arts Festival will feature an array of artistic offerings in the city on Oct. 16, 17 and next spring.
Here’s a rundown of what to check out this year:
“Fados, Fairies & Violas,” are five musical performances that were recorded in Lisbon and the Azores for Fall River audiences and will be projected onto Fall River Government Center on Oct. 16 and 17 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lasting each 30 minutes, the concerts will feature: Ricardo Rocha, who is regarded as one of the best Portuguese guitar players of his generation; Gaspar Varela, the great-grandson of the Fado singer Celeste Rodrigues and great-grandnephew of Fado legend Amália Rodrigues; Rafael Carvalho, a master in the Azorean instrument of viola da terra; the rising duo Lavoisier who will highlight the poetry of Miguel Torga; and ground-breaking queer fado beasts Fado Bicha.
Fall River residents and interdisciplinary artists Harry Gould Harvey IV and Brittni Ann Harvey, whose works have been featured in key galleries and museums, have curated a group show with several local, emerging artists at the ground floor of the Merrow Manufacturing building on Bedford Street. Visitors will be able to admire the work of Michael Assiff, Brittni Ann Harvey, Gregory Kalliche, Zachary John Martin, Susan Mohl Powers, Jeffrey Alan Scudder, Flannery Silva, Faith Wilding, and Allyson Vieira on Oct. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 17 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. To ensure social distancing, guests will travel in a circular flow through the space, which will have a separate entrance and exit and limited capacity.
Design studio and collective WSDIA (WeShouldDoItAll) from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be doing an architectural installation on the 1.4-mile Quequechan River Rail Trail, reimagining what can be future places of gathering. Interdisciplinary artist Tracey Cockrell will present sound installations on the Trail with students from UMASS-Dartmouth. The installations will be on view beginning Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.
New Bedford-based multimedia artist Tracy Silva Barbosa’s waterfall projection on Government Center will pay tribute to Fall River’s namesake where the Quequechan River flows through the city and drops steeply into the bay. The projection will be available Oct. 16 from dusk to dawn.
Musician and saxophonist Chase Ceglie, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, will record a live set of original music from home which will become available through a QR code only. On Oct. 16, the unique code will become available online and found on stickers spread around Fall River. The 22-year-old Newport, R.I., native received recognition for the 2017 cult album “Onion.”
“Come Walk With Me” is a series of walks (see below) that were designed remotely by choreographer and contextual artist Gustavo Ciríaco. Participants must register in advance for the walks at [email protected] with the following info: Subject “WALKFALLRIVER”; Name and phone number; session and preferred schedule.
Greetings from Fall River: A walk through old postcards of downtown Fall River
See Through My Voices, Smell Through My Eyes: A sensorial audio deambulation through nature along the Quequechan River Rail Trail
As Water Falls: Re-imagining, re-staging, re-enacting the waterfalls of Fall River – a poetic contest for the population of its city
A local guide will meet with the participants at the designated date and time slot and discover the sites according to their unique collaboration. Six “Come Walk With Me” sessions will take place on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Also be on the lookout for what organizers call a series of “past-ups” that will be on view around public spaces in Fall River starting on Oct. 16.
FABRIC 2020 is organized by Casa dos Açores de Nova Inglaterra under the leadership of Michael Benevides in Fall River, and with the curatorship of international art impresarios Jesse James, Sofia Carolina Botelho and António Pedro Lopes.