This year Providence’s New Year’s Eve Festival is going to be colorful, fun, funny, and just a little bit dangerous. That’s because Bright Night Providence, the artist-run New Year’s Eve Festival now in its fourth year, is bringing the circus to town. And it’s not just any circus. The show, titled the Bright Night Circus of Wonders, will feature national and international circus stars that are guaranteed to thrill, chill, amaze, and entertain audiences of all ages.

“I’ve wanted to produce a circus as the main act for the last couple of years,” says Adam Gertsacov, Bright Night’s artistic and executive director, who is a professional clown himself and a graduate of Ringling Brother’s Clown College. “It’s the perfect family friendly show. But I couldn’t find just the right circus that would fit all of our requirements. That’s why we had to produce our own!”

Gertsacov got together with Chris Allison, a fellow Ringling graduate and the producer of Cirque du Jour, a circus production company based in Connecticut. Together, they built a “dream team” of virtuoso performers that are sure to bring the house down. The performers, while not household names, have performed in some of the top national and international circuses, including Big Apple Circus, Ringling Brothers, and Cirque du Soleil.

The circus dream team is headed by ringmaster Billy Martin, one of the foremost ringmasters of his generation. Mr. Martin has performed with nearly every circus in North America, and currently spends most of the year announcing acts for the Royal Hanneford Circus. “Billy is the perfect ringmaster, “ says Allison. “If you looked up ringmaster in the dictionary, you’d find his picture.”

Not only is the Bright Night Circus of Wonders a family-friendly show, it’s also a family show. Ringmaster Martin will be joined by his wife Angela, an award-winning aerialist And Allison’s wife Gina will join them in the ring as her clown character Gigi. “ We are looking forward to playing Bright Night this year,” says Gina. “It’s really going to be a lot of fun. We really applaud what the Rhode Island artists are doing, and are excited to be a part of it.”

The Bright Night Circus of Wonders will perform three shows in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The shows will be performed at 6, 8, and 10 pm. Your Bright Night ticket (a Tyvek wristband) will guarantee you admission to one of those performances, plus more than 50 other performances at 17 other venues throughout the day (on a space available basis)

For a complete schedule of performances, visit

Tickets to Bright Night are now on sale at, and available at all BankRI locations, all OOP! stores, and at the EastSide Marketplace. Tickets are $10 each if purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on December 31 are $15 each, or 4 for $50.

For more information about tickets or Bright Night Providence call 401-621-6123 or visit .


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