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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007 12:50 pm | Updated: 7:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Giant puppets, stilt-walkers, break dancers and fire-spinners. The performing arts will crash over Prescott’s historic Courthouse Plaza during Tsunami-on-the-Square this weekend.

Giant puppets, stilt-walkers, break dancers and fire-spinners. The performing arts will crash over Prescott’s historic Courthouse Plaza during Tsunami-on-the-Square this weekend.

Now in its ninth year, Tsunami on the Square is an eclectic performing arts festival that attracts performers of all types, from African dancers to magicians to puppeteers.

“It’s meant to be a celebration,” says Paul Weir, technical director for fire group Flam-Chen. “If it could go on every day, it would.”

Festivalgoers will find at least five reasons to include Tsunami on the Square in their weekend plans:

1. It’s free

“I can’t think of another festival that gives you so much without charging,” says Susan DeFreitas, the event’s executive director.

2. It’s cooler

Prescott will enjoy 85-degree weather this weekend, according to Weather.com. Ninety degrees under the shade of Courthouse Plaza’s majestic oak trees beats 108 degrees any day.

3. It’s eclectic

“You might be able to see a break-dance ensemble somewhere in Phoenix, but you’re not going to see it on the same stage as traditional Native American dancing,” says DeFreitas.

Dance from Africa, India, the Middle East and other parts of the world will be performed. ArcheDream, a black-light theater group from Philadelphia, will perform. Spectators will also see circus arts such as juggling as well as magic.

“The day is really beautiful,” says Weir. “The square, the county courthouse, is used for an art-house state. It reclaims public space and redefines what living in Prescott is for the day.”

4. It’s on fire

Tucson-based Flam-Chen will perform Kaboom — which Weir describes as a “live action, martial arts, video game, fire circus” — at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Flam-Chen is known internationally for melding aspects of circus acts, aerial arts, martial arts weaponry and fire.

“What they do is outrageous,” says DeFreitas. “They’re probably the best pyrotechnic group in the state.”

5. It’s for kids

The performances on Saturday will definitely dazzle young art lovers and make them forget about the video games they’re missing at home. Organizers have added an additional day for the kids. Tsunami Sunday will feature Clan Tynker’s circus arts 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

Tsunami on the Square

What: Eclectic festival for kids and adults

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Courthouse Plaza, Prescott

Cost: Free; bring folding chairs and/or blankets

Information: (928) 445-5540 or online

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