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Saturday, May 16th 2015 – Partial Lighting

Waterplace Basin. Photo by Erin Cuddigan.

This event is being sponsored by Volvo Group of Companies in North America

Volvo Group of Companies in North AmericaThe Volvo Group of Companies is a proud sponsor of WaterFire Providence, which will be one of the main attractions for attendees of the Volvo Ocean Race North American stopover on May 16, 2015. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier offshore sailing event, held every three years with in-port races at stopover cities around the world. The 2015 North American stopover will be held in Newport from May 9-17. Volvo supports initiatives related to arts and culture, such as WaterFire, in an effort to enrich and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.

May 16th, 2015 Event Info

Sunset time: 7:59 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:19 p.m.
The braziers will remain lit until 11:30 p.m.
Music Program

[sc name=photo-caption caption=”Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street.” ]

The Volvo Ocean Race  Newport Stopover

Volvo Ocean Race | Newport Stopover

This week the Rhode Island is playing host the Volvo Ocean Race for their Newport Stopover. The only North American stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race will be hosted May 5-17 by Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, the State of Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM), Discover Newport, and the City of Newport. The twelve-day Stopover will be a public celebration and will include entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone, kid’s activities, a food court, team compounds, Heineken Docks beer garden, sponsor pavilions, a theater, up-close viewing of the race boats during the Pro-Am Race, the In-Port Race, and the Leg Start to Lisbon — all taking place within yards of the shoreline at Fort Adams State Park.

Andrew Lindsay and Liz Knights, photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

Fire Dancers Cirque de Light

Andrew Lindsay and Liz Knights from Cirque de Light will be performing during the WaterFire lighting ceremony and then several more times during the night on the piers in the Waterplace Park Basin.

Mobile Museum of American Artifacts

The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The Mobile Museum of America Artifacts is a touring museum of personal objects and their histories. The have been touring Rhode Island all week and will closing out their stay in the Ocean State at WaterFire from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.

The Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University is hosting the Mobile Museum of America Artifacts for a week long residency in Providence, May 11th – 16th.

  • Monday 5/11: 11-4 p.m. at the Bell Gallery (64 College Street)
  • Tuesday 5/12: 12-5:30 p.m. at the Olneyville Library (1 Olneyville Square)
  • Wednesday 5/13: 12-5:30 p.m. at the Olneyville Library (1 Olneyville Square)
  • Thursday 5/14: 2-6 p.m. at Knight Memorial Library (275 Elmwood Avenue)
  • Friday 5/15 4-9 p.m. at AS220 (115 Empire Street)
  • Saturday 5/16 6:30-10:30 p.m. at WaterFire (Waterplace Park, near Francis Street)

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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.

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