WaterFire lights flame for those affected by Hep C

Providence is suiting up to recognize the millions of Americans living with Hepatitis C this Saturday at WaterFire.

Sponsored by Gilead, a company who aids those living with life threatening diseases, C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C will kick off this Saturday night. Throughout the night, Forget Me Not seed packets will be handed out to visitors which represent all of those living with Hep C.

Just after sunset at approximately 8:11 p.m. over 80 braziers will be lit from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Continuing until just after midnight the flames will be the backdrop to all the evenings events.

Bronwyn Dannenfelser, the Director of Resource Development for WaterFire, along with Naomi Adjei, joined the Rhode Show Friday to discus all of the evenings events which include:

  • 5:30-11:30 p.m. The WaterFire Store will be open on Canal Street
  • 6:00-10:30 p.m. Waterfire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street
  • 6:30- 10:30 p.m. Hep C Resource Fair and free screenings on College Street
  • 8:11- 9:00 p.m. The C Project- A collaboration between Festival Ballet Providence, RI Defeats Hepatitis C and Waterfire Providence that will feature five different dances and traditional Japanese drumming by Gendo Taiko
  • Sunset- 10:30 p.m. Fire dancers, Spogga and Benjamin Reynolds perform along the riverside

Anyone who receives a free Hep C screening will be entered to win an original piece of art by either Boris Bally or Mike Bryce.

Throughout the night, guests are also invited to take a bike taxi tour of all of the events with Eco Pedicab. There will be pick up stations on the Washington Street bridge.

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