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May 24th, 2014 Full Lighting

Fire Dancers in Waterplace Basin, photo by John Simonetti

This event is being sponsored by: Brown Alumni Association and Brown University’s 250th Anniversary, and Bank of America.


Brown University Alumni Association

Brown University Alumni Association

The Brown Alumni Association (BAA) seeks to unite alumni efforts in support of Brown by nurturing each alumna and alumnus’s relationships with the University and with other alumni.

Bank of America

Bank of America 2014

“WaterFire is a signature Providence event, a tremendous testament to the city’s creative talent and energy,” said Bill Hatfield, Rhode Island president, Bank of America. “It connects artists, businesses and the community as a whole in a partnership that reflects a collective commitment to making our city an engaging, culturally vibrant place to live and work.”



Brown University in celebration of its 250th Anniversary

Brown University's 250th Anniversary

Brown University marks the 250th anniversary of its founding with 15 months of events and activities designed to share a fuller and deeper understanding of the University and its historic and ongoing partnership with Providence and Rhode Island. Sponsoring WaterFire Providence, founded by alumnus Barnaby Evans, is an opportunity to invite all Rhode Islanders to the magical open-air testament to creative expression that celebrates our capital city.


May 24th 2014 Event Schedule:

Sunset Time: 8:07pm

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight. Please check this page frequently for updated information.

The evening’s music program will be available soon!

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza – 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Arts Festival Plaza. Photo by John Simonetti.

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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.

On May 24th the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will feature the works of: Floweredsky DesignsSepiaLepus IllustrationsLotus Life DesignsWrist Candy CreationsHarliquinn DesignsThe Utopian CollectionLiquor WicksDak Photography, AniArt, Periodically InspiredMy Mez LLC , and Bryce Studios.


Fire Dancers Liz Knights and Andrew Lindsay – Sunset – 10:30pm

Andre Lindsay and Liz Knights, photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

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Liz and Andrew 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.

Sunset – 10:00pm The Phantom Boatman

Michael Grando the Phantom Boatman

Artist and mime Michael Grando once again will grace the waters as the Phantom Boatman. He can found gliding up and down the river handing out carnations searching for his one true love.



The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Gift from a gargoyle, photo by James Turner.

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Located around the World War I Monument in Memorial Park, Ten31 Productions living statues including the famous Gargoyles, The Oracle and other characters will mesmerize you.

The Nursing Placement First Aid Station on Washington Street 6:00pm – 11:00pm

The Nursing Placement Mobile First Aid StationNursing Placement the official first aid provider at WaterFire events will offer first aid care to the public at any time during the event. Additionally, the venue will serve as a meeting place for missing children and parents to reunite. The First Aid RV will be located on Washington Street and can be found on all WaterFire event maps. Nursing Placement will also be taking applications for new team members to help serve the RI population.


This page is updated continuously with new information (updated 5/20/2014). Please check back frequently!

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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.

4 thoughts on “May 24th, 2014 Full Lighting”

  1. Hello! we were visiting water fire from NJ last evening and we were positioned in front of the Providence Mall. is there a reason why the water fires were not lit in front of us? we stayed until after nine o’clock waiting and although they were lit farther down the river, the ones in front of us were not lit. It was rather disappointing.

    1. Because of the fact that our river is tidal, not all of the braziers can be lit all of the time. Sometimes we are able to have the Providence Hurricane barrier closed which keeps the water level in the river at height where all sections of the river will remain navigable during the whole event. Unfortunately we were not able to make this happen at the last event. Sorry to disappoint. The event designed to be walked, and while realize this is not an option for all of our visitors, next time you can experience more of the event by exploring the rest of the installation.

      Regards, Tim

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