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July 12th 2014 – Full Lighting

Waterplace Basin, photo Jeffrey Stolzberg.

This event is being sponsored by: Fidelity Investments and Nortek, Inc.

[one_half] Fidelity Investments Fidelity Investments is celebrating a 12-year sponsor partnership with WaterFire Providence by distributing Japanese origami cranes hand-folded by Fidelity employees to all WaterFire guests. These cranes are a symbol of peace, fidelity and longevity. [/one_half] [one_half_last] Nortek, Inc. At Nortek, we make the places where people live and work better with innovative air management, security, automation and audio visual products. We are pleased to partner with WaterFire Providence to celebrate the city and community that has been home to our global headquarters for almost 50 years. [/one_half_last]

July 12th, 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset time: 8:21pm

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 7/03/14.

This event’s music program is now available here.

5:30pm – 11:30pm The WaterFire Store on Canal Street

Photo by Jeniifer 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

Arts Festival Plaza. Photo by John A. Simonetti. [sc name=photo-caption caption=”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.

7:00pm – 11:00pm The WaterFire Music Stage on Steeple Street featuring Sidy Maiga

Sponsored by GEICO and Fat Belly’s Pub and located at the intersection of Steeple Street and Canal. WaterFire guests are invited to stop by from 7:00PM – 11:30PM and listen to African rhythms featuring  local master percussionist and djembe player, Sidy Maiga and band AfriManding. Sidy Maïga is a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dun dun.  Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Sidy is also well versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms. [youtube][/youtube]

8:00pm – 10:00pm – How to Make a Paper Crane with Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Crane Folding Tent. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg. [sc name=photo-caption caption=”Fidelity Crane Folding Tent. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.”] Fidelity Investments, long-time WaterFire sponsor, will be in Memorial Park teaching visitors the art of origami and sharing 1,000 cranes with the crowd! The Japanese Origami Crane is a symbol of peace, friendship, longevity and fidelity.  A fleet of WaterFire blue neon cranes will grace the rivers of Providence on July 12th. Click here for instructions on folding paper cranes or watch the instructional video below. [youtube][/youtube]

Other Events Around Town

“Within Providence” Free Public Mural Painting -12:oopm at The Providence  Rink

Within Providence is The Providence Rink’s newest art installation: a free public mural painting! It will be presented with featured sound installation “Transit Lines” on Saturday, July 12th starting at 12:00 noon through 10:00pm. This interactive art installation is created by The Studios at Unit 2.

Downtown Sundown Concert Series – 7:00pm at the Roger Williams National Memorial

Hear In Rhode Island and Roger Williams National Memorial will present several evenings of music featuring local singer-songwriters as part of the Downtown Sundown Series. Experience an “outdoor coffeehouse”. Performers on July 12th include Kala Farnham, Heather Rose, Kristen and J, and the Rank Strangers. Find out more about these other great events happening in our community on the Ignite Providence website. [sc name=photo-caption caption=”Waterplace basin photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.”]

About the author

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence | + posts by author

I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

5 thoughts on “July 12th 2014 – Full Lighting”

  1. Christine Robinson

    Hello – I have always had a strong desire to facepaint at your event and here I am again, seeking an opportunity to be part of your wonderful event. My facepainting style is more of an art than just cartoony cheek designs. Please visit my website for photos…I’d love to be a part of your event and can even arrange to come this Saturday when you will have other artists there. I am fully insured as a children’s entertainer and can provide a certificate of insurance. I have many corporate customers, use only the safest FDA approved, hypo-allergenic products on the market and use only safe and hygienic practices when I paint. Thank you for your consideration.

    1. Hi Christine, you’d need to make an inquiry with our operations department. You can email Jamie Leiva ( We may be able to place as vendor in the Arts Festival Plaza, there is a fee associated with participation in this program. Please refer to for more information and an application form.

      Warmest Regards, Tim

  2. Hi,Tim.I saw the comment bu Christine that she would like to make face paintings at WaterFire. I have done artisitis portrait sketches at church events and flea markets. Could I do portraits sometwhere in the Water Fire ambience?I usually tale 10minutes or so, @ $20 or $30 for a couple. The chihuaha cost only $5 because the lady said he only weighed five pounds, although I don’t charge by the pound, event though the number of obese people would be a very lucrative business. Let me know please what the fee is and if you take a commission on sales.

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