Schedule Update: FIRETRUCK DISPLAY CANCELLED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bright Night Providence: ANTIQUE FIRETRUCK DISPLAY CANCELLED

 PROVIDENCE, RI, December 29, 2012—Bright Night Providence regrets to announce that due to weather circumstances beyond our control, the Antique Firetruck display scheduled to be provided by the RIAFAS group at the RI Convention Center for Bright Night is cancelled.

While it is unfortunate that this is the case, there are many activities, exhibits and performances that will still be taking place at the Convention Center during the Noon-6pm time frame.  Some of these include: Marvelous Marvin’s Hands-On Circus Workshop, Captain Crispian’s Indoor Flight School, the Rhode Island Smokehouse Trailer, the Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art Exhibit, Mother Nature’s Songs & Stories, Creative Chica Face Painting, Amy the Mime, the Meet the Little Mermaid Photo Op, and a number of strolling entertainers.

All of the above activities can be accessed with your Bright Night Bracelet.  Bracelets cost $10.00 for kids no matter when you purchase them (buy 3 kids’ bracelets and get your 4th FREE).  Adult bracelets cost $15.00 in advance and $20.00 on the day of the festival.  Bracelets can be purchased on the Bright Night website: www.brightnight.org or can be bought in person at any BankRI Branch in Rhode Island or the East Side Marketplace in Providence.

If you are interested in applying to volunteer or would like additional information, please contact the Bright Night Volunteer Coordinator, Kellie Donovan.  She can be reached via email at: Volunteer@BrightNight.org or via phone at: (401) 787-1432.  There is flexibility with shift times, so please notify our Volunteer Coordinator of your preference (if any).

For more information, please visit the Bright Night website (www.BrightNight.org) or contact festival director Alexandra (Ali) Kreher at (401) 864-5973. Email:director@brightnight.org.

 

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Winners of 2nd Annual Bright Night’s Got Talent Announced!

For Immediate Release

Bright Night Providence Announces Winners of Second Annual

Bright Night’s Got Talent Contest.

Winners will perform live at Bright Night Providence.

PROVIDENCE, RI, November 10, 2012 – Bright Night Providence recently announced the winners of its second annual talent contest, held last Saturday and Sunday at the French American School of Rhode Island, Providence. Alison Hornung, North Kingstown, won in the 9-12 age group, Sincerely Anonymous, __________, won in the 13-15 age group, and Unique Status 4, Fall River, MA, won in the 16-19 age group. The ASM Dance Group, Warwick, also won an award for its performance.

The winners got $100 for winning and Bright Night bracelets, good for access to any Bright Night venues on New Year’s Eve.  They also will perform at the Black Box Theater, Providence, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on New Year’s day.

“Last year’s contest was great, but this year’s was even better,” says Ali Kreher, Bright Night’s Festival Director. “The judges had a hard time picking winners. The performances were that good. Everyone also got high marks for professionalism. Last year’s Bright Night’s Got Talent winners were a highlight of the festival. We think this years winner will be a highlight as well.”

Hornung won for her rendition of Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova. Jason Tuttle, Warwick, was runner up. Sincerely Anonymous (voice and ukulele) won for its performance of Carrie Underwood’s, Blown Away. ASM Dance Group was runner up. Unique Status 4, a pop group, won for its performance of an original song. Heritage Ballet, Lincoln, and Shannon O’Donnell (hula hooping), Warwick, tied for second in their age group. Bright Night’s Got Talent was open to all Rhode Island children from 9 to 19.

Tickets for Bright Night Providence are now on sale. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children (aged 15 and under) in advance, and $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children on the day of the festival. Purchasers who buy three children’s tickets get one free. Tickets can be bought online from the Bright Night website or at any BankRI branch and the East Side Marketplace. Sponsorships for the event are still available. Businesses interested being a Bright Night sponsor can contact Alexandra Kreher at 401-864-5973.

Bright Night is an artist-run, arts-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration that carries on the tradition of First Night Providence.  Bright Night was founded in 2003 when First Night Providence was cancelled after 18 years.  The organization’s goal is to provide a fun-filled New Year’s Eve party featuring family friendly activities, performances, and exhibits.

For more information about Bright Night, visit its website or contact festival director Alexandra (Ali) Kreher at (401) 864-5973. Email: director@brightnight.org.

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Winners of the 2nd Annual Bright Night's Got Talent Competition

Winners of the 2nd Annual Bright Night’s Got Talent Competition

2012 BNGT Judges: Derek, Al, Lora, & John

2012 BNGT Judges: Derek, Al, Lora, & John

 

Let’s Talk About: Bright Night Providence!

It’s finally December and the countdown to this year’s Bright Night Providence has begun!  Only 25 days until the festivities begin!  With the time coming closer, our event has been getting some publicity in local media outlets.  Check out the links to a number of articles and features all about BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE below:

AAA Southern New England’s newsletter Horizons.

Boston.com’s winter activity list, article.

AS 220’s Winter Calendar.

DowntownProvidence.com, article.

GoProvidence.com, article.

The “I Heart Rhody” Blog, article.

Providence Business News article, Holiday Tourism.

A YouTube Video of our Press Conference: BN Kick-Off 2013.

There are surely more to come.  If you are a member of the press and missed our Press Conference, but would like more information on the festival – please email our Festival Director, Alexandra Kreher at Director@BrightNight.org and request a Press Kit!

Bright Night’s Got Talent 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI

Bright Night Providence, Rhode Island’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration, is proud to present the 2nd Annual “Bright Night’s Got Talent” Competition.

We are searching for Rhode Island students ages 6-19 who would like an opportunity to showcase their special talent (ie. Singing, dancing, poetry, magic, acting, etc.).  There will be auditions for all that are interested, concluding with the grand prize in each age category: a paid appearance/performance at Bright Night Providence!  There are four age categories: Ages 6-8, Ages 9-11, Ages 12-15, Ages 16-19.

The Competition Auditions will take place at the French American School of Rhode Island on Saturday, December 15th from 12pm-5pm, and continue on Sunday, December 16th from 12pm-5pm if necessary.  To register for the competition click on “Apply to Bright Night’s Got Talent” in the top right of the navigation bar, and fill out the registration form.

This event is open to both individual and group performances.  Due to time constraints, each performance will be allotted a four-minute time slot.  Finalists will get a 10-minute performance at Bright Night Providence, and a $100 performance fee.  The deadline for registration is Sunday, December 2nd, 2012.

For more information visit http://www.brightnight.org, or call festival director Alexandra (Ali) Kreher at (401) 864-5973.

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2013 Call to Artists

BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE 2013 CALL TO ARTISTS
6/8/2012 PROVIDENCE, RI

Individual artists, cultural organizations, community groups and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to be part of Bright Night Providence, Rhode Island’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Bright Night is an artist-run, arts oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration that features some of Rhode Island’s best musicians, actors, singers, dancers, storytellers, acrobats, magicians, visual artists, and clowns. Last year, fantastic performers starred on 17 stages. This year will be the 10 Year Anniversary of the festival!

Commissioned Bright Night artists will be paid for their work and have the chance to use downtown Providence as their canvas. Proposals from artists of all types – theater performers, storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, visual and large installations artists, performance artists, dancers, digital media artists and spoken-word performers – are sought.

Artists are encouraged to be adventurous, try new forms and further their own creative processes.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2012. Applications will be accepted late, but earlier submissions are given preference. Preference is also given to local artists, although no one will be excluded due to geography alone.

The application is available online at

http://www.brightnight.org/perform.html

 

For more information visit http://www.brightnight.org, or call festival director

Alexandra (Ali) Kreher at (401) 864-5973.

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Bright NIght Providence 2013 Call To Artists

BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE 2013
CALL TO ARTISTS

6/8/2012
PROVIDENCE, RI
Individual artists, cultural organizations, community groups and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to be part of Bright Night Providence, Rhode Island’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration.
Bright Night is an artist-run, arts oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration that features some of Rhode Island’s best musicians, actors, singers, dancers, storytellers, acrobats, magicians, visual artists, and clowns. Last year, fantastic performers starred on 17 stages. This year will be the 10 Year Anniversary of the festival!

Commissioned Bright Night artists will be paid for their work and have the chance to use downtown Providence as their canvas. Proposals from artists of all types – theater performers, storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, visual and large installations artists, performance artists, dancers, digital media artists and spoken-word performers – are sought.

Artists are encouraged to be adventurous, try new forms and further their own creative processes.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2012. Applications will be accepted late, but earlier submissions are given preference. Preference is also given to local artists, although no one will be excluded due to geography alone.

The application is available online at
http://www.brightnight.org/perform.html

For more information visit http://www.brightnight.org, or call festival director
Alexandra (Ali) Kreher at (401) 864-5973.
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Featured in the Fall River News!

That’s the second time this week!

First about our Family Fun Fest, and now about our headlining act!

Illusionist Ross brings magic to Bright Night

By Linda Murphy
Posted Dec 29, 2011 @ 04:49 PM
Providence —

Unlike Harry Potter, Brad Ross doesn’t have a lighting-shaped scar on his forehead and he wasn’t born with the natural ability to conjure up magic, but he knew for certain at a young age that he wanted to become an illusionist.

A magician who performed at his fifth birthday party and made it seem as though the youngster had conjured up a rabbit sparked Ross’ imagination. He started taking magic classes after school and by age 13, he was performing for pay at birthday parties. “The art of magic allows you to take a break from reality and let your imagination take over,” said Ross.

He eventually joined up with Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show and the 27-year-old spent six years touring 25 countries and five continents with the Disney show. Along the way, he garnered a Merlin Award in recognition of his work entertaining children and families and he’s been featured on hundreds of television shows including the Rosie O’Donnell show.

Now the young illusionist is taking the next step in his career with his own show, with assistants in tow. A native of New Jersey, Ross said his early inspiration was fellow New Jersey native David Copperfield, but these days, he said he’s also drawing inspiration from “the classics” such as Houdini.

The headliner at Providence’s Bright Night New Year’s Eve festivities, Ross will be performing three shows (6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) of his signature act, “Illusionary Magic.” “I’ve worked in some new illusions that I’ll be premiering at Bright Night,” said Ross. “It’s a very high energy show. I pride myself on incorporating the audience — whether it’s 100 people or a few thousand like Bright Night — into the show. My goal is to make the audience feel like they’re a part of the show.”

Wristbands to Providence’s Bright Night guarantee admission into one of the shows, which attendees will have to select when they purchase a wristband. Wristbands cost $20 adults; $15 for seniors and kids and are available through www.brightnightprovidence.org or on New Year’s Eve at select Bright Night venues including the Bank of America Skating Center, the Convention Center, the RISD Museum and the Providence Children’s Museum.

Email Linda Murphy at lmurphy@heraldnews.com.

Featured in Today’s Providence Journal!

Today’s Providence Journal features Bright Night Providence!

The article is pretty good and accurate,  although the Family Fun Fair is amazingly in just one room of the Convention Center.  (It’s a pretty big room though!) Oh, and Marvin Novogrodski will be teaching a circus workshop, not performing.  (and yes, later he’ll be stage managing!)

But overall, everything’s right.  Come down and see for yourself!

(AND REMEMBER- tickets are $15 until December 30– they go up to $20 on December 31.
Save yourself $5 and get them today!)

PRESS RELEASE: Bright Night’s Interactive Family Fun Fest


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PLEASE POST OR PRINT
KILL DATE 12/31/11
MEDIA CONTACT: ADAM GERTSACOV, 401-288-1231 adam@brightnight.org


INTERACTIVE FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES AT BRIGHT NIGHT
Bright Night Providence introduces a family fun fair from 12-5 pm that focuses on learning.

12/26/2011, Providence, RI

Learn how to spin a plate at the Bright Night
Family Fun Fest.
Photo courtesy of Bright Night Providence.

If you’ve ever had a hankering to learn how to wrap a sari, spin a plate on a stick, or figure out the dividing line between science and art, Bright Night Providence has just the right program for you. On Saturday, December 31 from 12-5 pm, you can learn how to do those things (and much much more) at the first annual Bright Night Family Fun Fest.

The schedule (see sidebar) will include three exhibits by new museum RIMOSA (the RI Museum of Science and Art), a sari-wrapping workshop by Indian dancer and educator Shanthi Muthi, circus workshops by Marvelous Marvin Novogrodski and participatory art stations supervised by celebrated puppeteer and artist Marc Kohler. Face painters from Creative Chica and well-known air-brush tattoo artist the Mad Tatter will also be on hand to liven up festival goers appearances.

“We’re very excited to be presenting our exhibits at Bright Night,” said Bonnie Epstein, executive director of RIMOSA. “We think this is a great opportunity to introduce our work to families that haven’t met us yet.”

BRIGHT NIGHT FAMILY FUN  FAIR
featuring juggling workshops, music workshops, art workshops, RIMOSA exhibits, clowns, jugglers, and lots more. Also features the Bright Night’s Got Talent Contest Winners!

FAMILY FUN FAIR STAGE,

hosted by Improv Comedy Group BYOI.


2 PM: Carolyn Dutra Dancers
3 PM: Keith Munslow- songs and stories
4 PM: The Rhythm Room- world music and rhythms
NOTE: Bright Night’s Got Talent winners will open for these artists!

FAMILY FUN FAIR ACTIVITIES

12-5 PM: Free Facepainting by Creative Chica
12-5 PM: Science exhibits by RIMOSA
12-5 PM: Free Airbrushed Tattoos by the Mad Tatter!
12-5 PM: Free art-making stations by Mark Kohler
12-3 PM: Sari-wrapping workshop by Shanthi Muthi
12-3 PM: Circus arts workshop/juggling with Marvelous Marvin
12-2 PM: Music-making workshop with the Rhythm Room
12-4 PM: Strolling entertainers!

The schedule will also feature performances by the Carolyn Dutra dancers (with over 70 dancers performing!), by Keith Munslow, a well-known local singer/storyteller, and by the Rhythm Room, who will also be teaching a workshop in music. And the shows will be punctuated by short bits by the comedy improv group BYOI and by performances by the four youth winners of the Bright Night’s Got Talent competition.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for some time,” says Adam Gertsacov, director of Bright Night Providence. “Part of our mission is not only to promote current local artists, but to start preparing the next generation of artists. We hope to inspire kids to consider becoming artists and performers.”

Admission to the Family Fun Fest is $15 for kids, $20 for adults. If purchased before December 30, all tickets are $15. Price includes free admission to the rest of Bright Night Providence, which features over 150 performers in 14+ venues from 12 noon-midnight. Some of those performers include Big Nazo Puppets, Grammy award winner Bill Harley, international star illusionist Brad Ross, magician Lon Cerel, comedian Nick Albanese, and lots more. For a full schedule, visit http://www.brightnight.org

Tickets to Bright Night are available online at the website (listed below). Tickets are $15 each through December 30. On the day of the event tickets are $20 each ($15 for children and seniors) Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the RI Convention Center, the Providence Children’s Museum, the RISD Museum of Art, the Bank of America Skating Center, and the First Baptist Church.

For more information about tickets call 401-288-1231, or visit http://www.brightnight.org. To purchase tickets via telephone call the Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006

Major sponsors of the event to date include the city of Providence, the state of Rhode Island, AAA, Lite Rock 105, Lamar, Motif Magazine, Bank RI, Empire Guitars, and Open MRI of New England. Donations are still being accepted. To become a donor, visit http://donate.brightnight.org.

To find out more about Bright Night Providence, visit http://www.brightnight.org.

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OUR SCHEDULE/GRID/MAP IS NOW ONLINE!


Our schedule has been up for some time, but we’ve got it in GRID FORMAT for your viewing pleasure!

You can also see it on our website and download a PDF of our grid/map for printing.

Visit http://www.brightnight.org/grid.html