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There's nothing quite like Waterfire.
The Great music, the visuals, heat and smell of a roaring fire, the tranquil vibe of boats floating on water, and the bustle of a street festival all combine to create an experience that is not to be missed. Really unique and worthwhile. It is a wonderful evening out. So beautiful it is easy to forget you are in the middle of the city. Great music that echoes through the underpasses. On a warm summer night it is a great place to go and buy food from the vendors along the park and sit and eat and listen and best of all people watch.
WaterFire is the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans presented on the rivers of downtown Providence.
First created by Evans in 1994 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of First Night Providence, WaterFire has grown to become an annual public art phenomenon.
WaterFire is simultaneously a free public art installation, a performance work, an urban festival, a civic ritual and a spiritual communal ceremony. Well known nationally and internationally as a community arts event, WaterFire’s symbolism and interpretation is both inclusive and expansive - reflecting the recognition that individuals must act together to strengthen and preserve their community.
On WaterFire evenings, downtown Providence is transformed by one hundred bonfires that burn just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence in Waterplace Park (the Woonasquatucket, Moshassuck, and Providence rivers). The public is invited to come and walk the riverfront, and enjoy the beauty of the flickering firelight, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the changing silhouettes of the volunteer firetenders, and the music from around the world.
Average attendance is 40,000 a night, ranging from 10,000 to 100,000. WaterFire is presented for free, with only ten percent of the funds needed to host WaterFire acquired through governmental means and the remainder coming from private and corporate donations.
It's an experience for all the senses! Metal cauldrons floating on the Providence rivers, filled with burning firewood, you smell the wood burning, hear eclectic music playing, you see the wonderful sites of 100 fires burning up and down the rivers! Definitely a must-see! Go to WaterFire.org to see schedule.