Make New Year’s Eve a Bright Night

[ 23 ] December 18, 2008 |

Kidoinfo is giving away 3 family fourpacks to attend this year’s Bright Night celebration. See details below to enter.

Web Ad 2009Do you know what you are doing for New Years Eve this year? Whether you are looking for fun, day or night for you and your children, consider supporting the arts and attending this year’s Bright Night Providence. This arts-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration has entertainment for the whole family. Another reason why I love Providence. Performers are scheduled at various venues all over the city—music, magic, comedy, storytellers and more—starting at Noon at some places like Providence Children’s Museum, RISD Museum of Art, and BOA Skating Center. Other venues will open later in the afternoon on December 31, ending after we welcome in the New Year with a laser show at midnight downtown in Kennedy Plaza (instead of a fireworks display). As long as you have a Bright Night bracelet (see details below), you can wander between venues, enjoying all the amazing talent.

In 2003, a group of local artists banded together under the new name Bright Night, when the First Night Providence organization stepped down. Bright Night Providence carries on the tradition of First Night Providence with city, corporate, and citizen support. Now in its sixth year this year’s festival features over fifty performers in over twenty venues, including a family of daredevil circus performers, The Nerveless Nocks.

The Nocks have a storied past: they are a ninth generation family of circus performers, starting back as early as 1840 in Switzerland. Today’s troupe is run by Michelangelo Nock, whose father arrived from Switzerland in 1954 to star in the Greatest Show on Earth. The family has performed throughout the world for kings and queens, at gigantic festivals (including a number of Superbowl and television events) and as the featured act on most of the great circuses of the world. It was Queen Elizabeth who dubbed them the “Nerveless” Nocks. Some of the acts featured in the show will be the Wheel of Destiny, in which the Nocks perform leaps, somersaults, handstands on a moving aerial pendulum; and the Tower of Chairs, where Michelangelo will climb a 20 foot tall tower made of chairs and do breath-taking handstands while completely unsupported from the ceiling.

The Nerveless Nocks will perform three Daredevil Thrill shows in Providence as part of this year’s Bright Night lineup. Their shows will be performed at 6, 8, and 10 pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Your Bright Night ticket will guarantee you admission to one of their three shows, plus more than sixty other performances at twenty other venues throughout the day (on a space available basis).

Big Nazo

Some of the other artists on the Bright Night bill include local legends Big Nazo Puppets, Celtic group Pendragon, bebop great Greg Abate, Grammy winner storyteller/singer Bill Harley, a blues swing/dance party featuring the Black and White Blues Band and the Superchief Trio, dance group Carolyn Dutra Dancers, a special Bright Night Poetry Slam, and a host of other artists and events. Click to see Bright Night Schedule.

Want to win a family fourpack to attend the 2008 Brigth Night Providence?
Tell us in the comments below; “What is your favorite tradtion on New Years’ Eve?”
We will randomly select 3 people win a family fourpack (each valued at $50). Deadline is Tuesday at Noon, December 23, 2008.

Bright Night Details:

Tickets (a Tyvek wristband) and complete schedules are available online at, and available in person at all BankRI locations, all OOP! stores, and at the EastSide Marketplace.
Tickets are $10 each if purchased in advance, $15 on the day of event. Family fourpacks for $50 will also be available day of the event. There are a limited amount of tickets, so purchase early to avoid getting closed out.
Your ticket guarantees you a seat at one of The Nerveless Nocks’ Shows at 6, 8 or 10pm and allows you into all other shows, space available.
More information: call 401-621-6123 or visit
Parking: Free on-street parking or pay $9 in the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids.Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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