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WaterFire Kansas City 2010

WaterFire Update:

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate WaterFire Kansas City on Sept. 18. Although the event was cut short due to inclement weather, we were fortunate to stage a handful of memorable performances. This year’s event will not be rescheduled.

Thank you for your support. We hope to see you in 2011!


Saturday, September 18 • Brush Creek

WaterFire Kansas City

Designed by award-winning artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire Kansas City is a unique, multi-sensory experience of music, fire and water. Now in its fourth year, the moving art installation features more than 55 floating bonfires on Brush Creek. This year's festivities will take place Saturday, September 18.

WaterFire was originally created by Barnaby Evans in 1994 on the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The living fire sculpture has become a signature event for the city, attracting more than 10 million visitors and drawing praise as a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance.

The event begins with a series of boats that travel along Brush Creek through the darkness. They make their way with torches a flame in an enchanting display to ignite the braziers and bring all 55 pieces to life. Throughout the evening, boats return to the braziers, constantly feeding them with new wood and keeping the sculpture in its original form for the duration of the evening.

This powerful visual is reinforced by the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the anchored bridges, the silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the creek, and the enchanting music and performances. Food will be available for purchase from several Plaza restaurants.

Planning Information

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Time: Dusk to 11:30 p.m. (for a complete breakdown, see the schedule.)
  • Location: Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza
  • Food: Four Plaza restaurants will have food booths set up along the WaterFire route, including Brio Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, Houston's and Plaza III, The Steakhouse.
  • Music & Dance: This year's performers include Quixotic Performance Fusion, Vesuvius Fire Tribe, Dennis Winseltt Jazz Ensemble, KC Swing and Tango and several featured vocalists.

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Video of Last Year's Presentation

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