Providence’s Summer Event: WaterFire プロビデンス市のサマーイベント「ウォーターファイアー」

Hi, everyone! Steven from Seika here. For this article, I’d like to do something different and tell everyone about a famous event that goes on in my hometown of Providence, Rhode Island every summer.

みなさんこんにちは!精華町のスティーブンです。今回はいつもの記事と異なり、私のふるさとのロードアイランド州プロビデンス市で毎年夏季に行われるイベントについて紹介します。

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Photo by James Turner

The event, WaterFire, dates back to the mid-90s, when artist Barnaby Evans placed braziers on the three rivers that run through downtown Providence and lit them, creating a beautiful nighttime view. His project was so popular that the people who saw it convinced him to make it a regular event and started a non-profit organization to that end. Ever since, the number of braziers has increased, and millions of visitors, both domestic and international, come every year to see the flames dance upon the river at night.

このイベントは「ウォーターファイヤー」といい、90年代中頃にバーナビー・エヴァンズという美術家が町の中心を流れる3つの川に松明を設置して点火し、素晴らしい夜景となったことが由来です。エヴァンズ氏の作品は好評を得、それを見た人がNPO法人を作り、毎年行うように促しました。そのときから、松明の数がどんどん増えて、国内外から何百万人もが夜に水面上に舞っている炎を見にきます。

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Photo by James Turner

WaterFire is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Providence, and is valued by the local community for its role in helping revitalize downtown Providence. The average attendance on a given night is 40,000, but it can range from anywhere between 10,000 and 100,000. Despite its large scale (the annual budget is approximately 1.6 million dollars), WaterFire only receives approximately 10% of its funds from the government, with the rest coming from private citizens and businesses.

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Photo by Jon Waugh

ウォーターファイアーは、プロビデンス市で最も有名な観光地の一つであり、都心の活性における役割で地元の人に大切にされています。一回の平均参加人数は約4万人ですが、1万人から10万人まで及ぶときもあります。こんな大規模なイベント(例年の予算は約1億6千万円)なのにもかかわらず、行政により支給される経費は1割にしかあたらず、残りは国民や企業などが募金しているそうです。

WaterFire also features other attractions besides the beauty of the flames. Examples from this year include a capoeira demonstration and a Bolivian music performance. Also, of course, with the sheer number of people attending, the atmosphere is very festive.

火の魅力のほか、色々なみどころがあります。例えば、今年はブラジルの伝統的格闘技、カポエイラの演芸会やボリビア音楽の演奏会などがあります。また、参加人数が多く、雰囲気はとても賑やかです。

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Photo by David Amadio

The WaterFire is a really cool event, so please be sure to visit Providence sometime in the summer and check it out!

ウォーターファイアーはオススメなので、ぜひプロビデンス市に訪れて、行ってみてください!

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