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Chinese culture night at WaterFire Saturday

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Fall is here, but there’s still plenty of beautiful weather to be enjoyed with WaterFire this weekend.Bronwyn Dannenfelser, along with Kun Xie, the Assistant Director for Confucius Institute at Bryant University, joined The Rhode Show to talk more about this lighting.

Sunset is at 6:38 p.m. The fires will be lit shortly thereafter and burn until midnight. The lighting will be kicked off by a torch procession leading into a 100-torch Ring of Fire.

The US-China Institute and Confucius Institute will be sharing Chinese Culture all evening long:

  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: WaterFire guests are encouraged to visit Steeple Street to learn about all of the incredible facets of Chinese Culture abroad and right here in New England. The display tents will feature hands-on activities for families and children, as well as some displays of Chinese cultural items.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. : Prior to lighting The Confucius Institute will be hosting special performances highlighting Chinese culture and performance art including a Chinese Dragon Dance performance on the basin stage in Waterplace Park. The Chinese University of Geosciences Art Troupe will showcase a variety of art performances including Chinese martial arts, folk music, and traditional dances.

WaterFire’s favorite characters are back for another enchanting evening.

  • TEN31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park at the World War 1 Monument shortly after lighting.
  • Origami Master Andrew Anselmo will delight crowds of all ages near the RISD auditorium.
  • Catch mime artist Michael Grando in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.
  • Fire spinners Liz Knights and Andrew Lindsay will dazzle you with their breathtaking performances throughout the night.

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