Month-Long Light Festival Lumina Comes to Providence

Sculptural light installations from Montreal and live performances lure Rhode Islanders out of hibernation for a series of sparkling city nights


Whether you seek musical and skate performances, relaxation in a mobile sauna, exploration of stunning light installation along Dorrance Street, savory bites from food trucks, captivating illuminated mural tours with The Avenue Concept, various live performances – all with convenient shuttle service from 195 District Park to the Rink – the inaugural Lumina event promises a wide range of experiences catering to every taste and interest.

From January 19 to February 20, the Montreal-based spectacle known as Lumina will descend upon the city bringing with it enchanting light installations and displays, curated pop-up events, and live musical performances at various locations along Dorrance Street. The event is a collaboration between The Providence Tourism Council, Providence Parks Department, 195 District Park, Providence Arts Culture and Tourism, The Avenue Concept, and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The goal: creating a winter festival that encourages folks to leave their cozy homes for a series of dazzling nights in the city.

One of the highlights of Lumina is Prismatica, an interactive wonderland that has captivated audiences in cities across North America. Situated at 195 District Park, Prismatica is the creation of RAW Design, an esteemed architectural firm based in Toronto. This striking installation comprises 25 towering prisms that pivot and reach heights of over six feet; outfitted with a special dichroic film, prisms reflect a mesmerizing array of colors that shimmer and change with the light source and your viewing angle, and respond to touch.

The goal of Lumina is to encourage people to visit the city, and support local businesses by dining and shopping. “Downtown is nothing without the businesses that make it vibrant and welcoming. The Downtown Providence Parks Network (DPPN) will work with small businesses, particularly along Dorrance Street, to ensure that they are  an integral part of the event,” a recent DPPN statement affirms. Learn more at


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