C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C Supported by: Gilead
At Gilead, we are inspired by the opportunity to address unmet medical needs for people living with life-threatening diseases. We are proud to sponsor WaterFire Providence’s 20th anniversary and light a fire in recognition of the more than 3 million Americans living with hepatitis C.
July 26th, 2014 Event Schedule:
Sunset time: 8:11pm
All Full Lighting WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information. Updated 7/17/14.
Special thanks to Providence Roller Derby for joining us as Special Operation Volunteers at this lighting.
The soundtrack listing for this event will be available soon.
5:30pm – 11:30pm The WaterFire Store on Canal Street
WaterFire Providence lapel pins, photo by Jennifer Bonin. The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.
6:00pm – 10:30pm The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, photo by John A. Simonetti. Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.
Throughout the event Forget Me Not seed packets will be handed out to WaterFire visitors. These flowers represent 5 million people living with hep C in the United States. The packets provide more information and direct people to further web-based resources. If you or a loved one has hep C, you should know you have not been forgotten.
Artist Boris Bally is donating one of his iconic large bowls hand made from street signs to be given by lottery to someone who chooses to get screened for hep C that night. Artist Mike Bryce is donating a 48” WaterFire painting to be given by lottery to a second person who chooses to get screened for hep C that night. Both Boris Bally’s bowl and a similar painting by Mike Bryce will be on display at the first art tent on Washington Street by the crosswalk at the entrance to WaterFire’s Art Festival Plaza.
6:30pm – 10:30pm Hep C Resource Fair and Screenings on College Street
Beginning at 6:00 PM and running throughout the night until 11:30 PM, there will be a Hep C Information and Resource Fair on the College Street Bridge. The resource fair will provide hepatitis C information and free hepatitis C screenings for adults. There will also be information tents for the Rhode Island Blood Center, the Rhode Island Organ Donor Awareness Coalition and the Brown Medical School.
Free screening for hep C is available for everyone 18 and older at the College Street Bridge Information Tent.
8:11pm – 9:00pm – The C Project by Festival Ballet Providence on the Waterplace Basin Stage
The C Project is a collaboration between Festival Ballet Providence, RI Defeats Hepatitis C and WaterFire Providence, the program aims to bring awareness to the Hepatitis C virus, which affects 1 in 30 baby-boomers, many of whom don’t even know they are infected.
Festival Ballet will be performing five pieces choreographed by Shura Baryshnikov and Andrea Dawn Shelley. Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improviser, dancer, and movement designer. Shura has choreographed @ Last. Andrea Dawn Shelley received her classical ballet training from Magda G. Auñon and holds a BA in Dance Education from Florida International University. Andrea has choreographed a contemporary piece. Guests can expect to see both contemporary and modern pieces.
Gendo Taiko of Brown University and RISD is performing five Taiko drumming pieces as part of the opening ceremony. Taiko is a traditional Japanese form of drum performance that has early origins in the driving away of evil spirits. This evening’s performances are given in the spirit of healing.
Sunset – 10:30pm Fire Dancers Performing Along the River
WaterFire Providence is pleased to welcome back long-time performer and friend Spogga. Spogga will be joined by Benjamin Reynolds and the pair will be performing on the river starting with the lighting of the braziers on the wall in Memorial Park. They will be performing several times in various locations throughout the evening.
Bike Taxi Tours at WaterFire Providence from Eco Pedicab on Washington Street
Eco Pedicab provides safe, fast, and fun pedicab rides. Their Pedicabs are 100% human powered, for the most environmentally friendly option of public transportation.
They will have a pedicab pickup station on the Washington street bridge and canal walk, though never hesitate to just yell “Pedicab!!” if you see us on the streets
How it works:
Open fair rides and short tours during WaterFire. That means you pay what you think it’s worth nothing more. If you need a point of reference people usually pay $25-$150 for any given ride. They would rather have you in the pedicab than the cab be empty so hop in and pay what you think it’s worth. During WaterFire a surcharge will be added if you’re going to Federal Hill after sunset since it will take us so much of our time going there and back in traffic.
Eco Pedicab’s signature Taste of Providence Tour takes 3 hours (call for start times). Enjoy exquisite cuisine and take an adventure for your taste buds. They make up to 3 stops and appetizers or dessert are offered at each. Pets are always welcome!
$40 per person call 401-400-2380
Historical tours: Find exquisite cuisine, historical monuments, and learn more about the historic city from those who live and play there.
$65 per hour call for start times 401-400-2380