This weekend we salute our Veteran’s at a very special WaterFire as well as host a national conference to discuss the ways in which the arts contribute to the transformation of a city–something WaterFire holds as a core mission. We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence, the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.
Thursday, November 7
Presented by WaterFire Providence, placemakers, artists, urban planners, community developers and researchers are invited to attend this two-day conference to discuss the impacts of using art to build and transform community. Leading practitioners in the field are participating in what is sure to be an informative and thought-provoking exploration into creative placemaking.
Friday, November 8
Featuring the work of composer Kareem Roustom, FirstWorks and Community MusicWorks join in a bold collaboration to commission a new work for one of the most innovative ensembles in the world today. This event will likely sell out so be sure to purchase your tickets today!
Festival Ballet Providence Presents: Up Close On Hope
Providence is lucky to have such a spectacular professional dance company and Up Close on Hope presents the perfect opportunity to experience the full range of the dance company in an intimate setting. Offering a program that will appeal to contemporary and classical dance patrons, Up Close on Hope presents something for everyone.
The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-su pported library open to the public that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features Brown University Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies Laurel Bestock on “The Lure of the Exotic: Egyptomania in the wake of the Napoleonic expedition.” Ever a fascinating discussion at the Athenaeum Salons, check out this event.
Saturday, November 9
In a very special Salute to Veteran’s and we have a lot planned to celebrate the service of so many men and women. With an early sunset we have events starting as early as 3pm. Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more. Inca Son, the internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park. Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern. This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor: Alex and Ani & RI Broadcasters Association
Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!
No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 4:00pm to 12:00am every Saturday night. Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.
Sunday, November 10
Check out The Providence Singers, Rhode Island’s renowned choral organization, in their season kickoff presentation of Benjamin Britten’s most beloved choral works. This 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region. This will be a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
It’s that time of the year and for those who like to get an early(ish) start on the shopping madness here is an opportunity to direct your hard earned dollars to support local and regional artists with handmade goods and crafts.
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