Soak Up the Final Two Nights of Three Nights of Lights in Providence

The Avenue Concept, GoProvidence, WaterFire Providence, FirstWorks and the City of Providence have teamed up for Three Nights of Lights, a three-day, light-themed holiday festival.
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“Misty Blue” by Andrew Hem will be illuminated at night. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

The Avenue Concept, GoProvidence, WaterFire Providence, FirstWorks and the City of Providence have teamed up this weekend for Three Nights of Lights, a three-day, light-themed holiday festival. From December 1-3, visitors and locals will see Providence take the spotlight with three nights of WaterFire lightings, featuring the series of bonfires lighting up downtown’s rivers, and the illumination of public art and sculptures combined with cultural experiences including music, storytelling and dance. FirstWorks will also feature an outdoor projection of “Urban Carnevale – A Musical Celebration.”

The Avenue Concept will bring twelve murals and sculptures to life for a nighttime public art gallery. The interactive elements include illumination, sound and cultural experiences throughout the city. They have teamed up with the Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and the Center for Southeast Asians to create multicultural presentations at the “Still Here,” “Salt Water,” and “Misty Blue” murals. The Columbus Theatre will also host musical performances each night, and Julio Berroa and Friends will bring digital projections to the Weybosset Façade. Check out the self-guided tours using the free Avenue Concept Public Art Tours app.

Many local businesses are also getting in on the festivities by offering special promotions on the Three Nights of Lights, including Kin Southern Table and Bar, Marcelino’s Boutique Bar, NicoBella’s, Rory’s Market and Kitchen, the Red Door, Providence G Pub, Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, Symposium Books, the Vig at Hilton Providence Hotel, Trinity Brewhouse and Yoleni’s.

Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties with the ice at the Providence Rink, so the ice will not be ready in time for FirstWorks’ originally scheduled performances featuring Montréal’s Le Patin Libre. FirstWorks has rescheduled the international ice-dancing company to appear on Thursday, Dec. 8 with three, free performances at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., followed by an ice-skating dance party until 9:30 p.m. at the BankNewport City Center/Providence Rink.

Here is the schedule for the final two nights of lights.

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The illuminated “Still Here,” by Gaia. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Friday, December 2

Illumination and self-guided tours, plus local business specials
5-9 p.m.

“Still Here” mural at 32 Custom House St.
Tomaquag Museum culture activation with performance and storytelling by Lynsea Montanari – 5:30 p.m.
Music activation by Bittersweet  – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Misty Blue” mural at 118 Orange St.
Center for Southeast Asians culture activation with traditional Laotian dance performance – 6 p.m.
Music activation by Host – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Salt Water” at 122 Mathewson St.
Rhode Island Black Storytellers culture activation with storytelling by Ramona Bass Kolobe, Sylvia Ann Soares and Valerie Tutson – 6:15 p.m.
Music activation by Daedelus with live visual performance by Andrew Hlynsky – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Stationary Creature Envelope Windows”
35 Weybosset St. (lot side)
Digital Experience with Julio Berroa and Friends – 6:30-8:30 p.m

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Garden of Journey’s “Salt Water.” Photo courtesy of the Avenue Concept.

Saturday, December 3

Illumination and self-guided tours, plus local business specials
5-9 p.m.

“Still Here” mural at 32 Custom House St.
Tomaquag Museum culture activation with performance and storytelling by Thawn Harris – 5:30 p.m.
Music activation by Kamyron Williams + Damont Combs  – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Misty Blue” mural at 118 Orange St.
Center for Southeast Asians culture activation with historical/cultural evolution of Thai dance introduction + performance – 6 p.m.
Music activation by The Huntress and Holder of Hands (solo) – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Salt Water” at 122 Mathewson St.
Rhode Island Black Storytellers culture activation with Raffini and Rochelle Garner Coleman – 6:15 p.m.
Music activation by Daedelus with live visual performance by Andrew Hlynsky – 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

“Stationary Creature Envelope Windows”
35 Weybosset St. (lot side)
Digital Experience with Julio Berroa and Friends – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

These events and experiences are free and open to the public. For full schedule of citywide events, visit goprovidence.com/three-nights-of-lights.

 

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