Lumina ‘Activations’

(1.27) Our midwinter light festival continues this weekend with events at the 195 District Park. It looks like the rain is clearing out and the temps will be seasonal. Locations range from the District Park over to the Providence Rink, and points in between. (Lumina events run through February 20. Go here for schedule.)

Friday, January 26: At District Park: From 4pm to 8pm, enjoy the Guild Beer Garden and food trucks and the mobile sauna (?); from 5:30pm to 6:30pm the Rhode Island Black Storytellers perform; from 4pm to 7pm “It’s Lit” offers participants of all ages a collection of translucent and textured recycled and upcycled materials to create unique and colorful works of art and light.

Over at the rink, check out the Lemonhead Studio Installation “2 Bananas & a Mushroom Music Box.” (I have no idea what this is.) Also look for the Avenue Concept-curated projection art:

In partnership with ATR Treehouse and TAC, digital artist Julio Berroa has curated a breathtaking new experience in Downtown Providence as part of Lumina. Featuring video artwork by an array of artists, a digital wall will be shown on the Yena Center at Johnson and Wales University at 111 Dorrance Street on January 26, 27, and 28 from sundown to 10:30pm.

Saturday, January 27: District Park: From 2pm to 8pm, Guild Beer Garden and food trucks, Masa Taqueria, Café Modesto, Nanu Burmese Fusion; from 2pm to 5pm, face painting; at 5:15pm the Extraordinary Rendition Band; from 4:45pm to 7:45pm, the Circus Dynamics fire show features highly skilled and invigorating fire dancing with hoops, juggling, batons, poi spinning, and staff. LED performers dazzle with glowing circus props including juggling, hula hoop dancing, baton twirling, and poi spinning.

Saturday from 10am to 4pm: Free skating at the Providence Rink.


The Prismatica installation is not a big “wow.” The impact has been somewhat diluted with the pieces being spread out like this, but it should provide a nice backdrop for the weekend events. You can spin the individual pillars; interior chimes are supposed to respond but I found that they only went along for the ride.

Seen here is the view down Dorrance Street which connects the District Park to the Providence Rink. Further down the street on the left is the Yena Center whose blank gray exterior provides a perfect canvas for video projections.


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