PRESS RELEASE: Bright Night’s Interactive Family Fun Fest

KILL DATE 12/31/11

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.”

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


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!


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

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 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

To find out more about Bright Night Providence, visit


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