Pictured: Image from WaterFire 2015. Photo by Chad Elliott.
The 11th annual “WaterFire,” held each year along the banks of Brush Creek by the Country Club Plaza, is this Saturday, October 7 with live performances from 5 – 10 p.m.
The focal point of the event is the installation of braziers — a type of fire bowl — in Brush Creek.
“People love this annual art event because it allows our community to appreciate a truly distinctive spectacle,” says Cheryl Kimmi, Executive Director of Kansas City Creates. “As people walk up and down brush creek admiring the braziers, we want them to be totally engrossed in the experience.”
The number of braziers has been increased this year, and visitors can experience live music, dance and acrobatics performed by Quixotic Fusion, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, Rhythmic Flames, Kansas City Drum Tribe, Trio Forte and local rising star – Justin McCoy. Several Plaza restaurants will have pop-up food and drink stands and several food trucks will be on site.
Also new for 2017 is a “Family Stage” on the Wornall Bridge. StoneLion Puppets, the KC Juggling Club and acoustic artist Broderick Jones will perform beginning at 5pm. The brazier lighting ceremony begins at 7pm and concludes at 10pm.
“WaterFire truly showcases the power of art to bring people of different backgrounds together,” comments Karen Holland, founder of WaterFire KC. “It’s been exciting to see the event grow and evolve each year, and I look forward to another decade of this being a beloved Kansas City tradition.”
KC Creates is also seeking Volunteers for the event. Volunteers are needed Thursday through Sunday for myriad tasks — set up, tear down, information hubs, on the water, on the land, merchandise, and more. Shifts are between 2-4 hours long and interested parties can sign-up by clicking here.
For more information on WaterFire 2017 visit waterfirekc.org.