Hello, Friends of First Night Burlington –
It may seem like New Year’s Eve is far away, but for First Night staff and volunteers, it’s approaching rapidly. We’re working hard to make this year’s festivities the best we’ve ever offered.
In order to prepare you for “a night you’ll remember,” we’ll be featuring many of our new artists in this blog over the coming weeks so you can become better acquainted with them. Once again, we’re proud of how many extraordinarily talented, new and emerging artists we’re able to spotlight at First Night Burlington.
One new artist we’re particularly excited to welcome is Francesca Blanchard. This French-American singer-songwriter is sure to move you. Writing and performing in both English and French, Francesca delivers songs that are “quietly and profoundly stunning,” says Dan Bolles in Seven Days. These scintillating songs are humble odes to love, heartbreak, and home from a young woman who long ago learned to “travel light and invite surprises.”
In recent months, Francesca has been raising money for her upcoming album. After surpassing her fundraising goal, she’ll be releasing her first full-length recording sometime in 2015.
Head to Francesca’s website, like her on Facebook, and watch this video to preview some of her music! Don’t miss her performance at this year’s First Night celebration. She performs at the Unitarian Universalist Church from 9-9:40 pm as part of First Night’s “Global Village” series of music and dance performances.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Tom, Muffie, Sarah, Pam and Anna
Coming Soon: First Night 2015 Button Sales at Dramatically Lower Prices!
It has been a busy summer and early fall here at the First Night Burlington office. We’ve wrapped up all of the programming for First Night 2015 and are delighted to report that New Year’s Eve festival goers will be enchanted by more than 100 performances, arts-and-crafts activities, and movie screenings in nearly 20 venues throughout downtown Burlington. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be posting a regular stream of news about the eclectic array of live music, dance, comedy, theater, and more that will make this 32nd annual edition of First Night Burlington the most entertaining and engaging ever.
Let’s kick things off with some particularly exciting news: leaves aren’t the only thing falling during this autumn season. First Night button prices for adults are dropping as well! That’s right: the price of a First Night 2015 Adult button will be just $15, a full 25% off the price of the past few years. And we’re also introducing a new, lower-priced Student button for anyone over 12 years of age with a student I.D. A First Night Student button will cost just $10 – 50% off the previous cost of an Adult button. And of course, our Kids button (for children 12 and under) will remain, as always, at the low, low price of just $5.
We’re taking all of these steps because we learned by surveying you, our longtime friends and supporters, about your First Night experiences over the years. You told us that it is vitally important that First Night be affordable, open, and engaging. First Night Burlington remains true to its mission of presenting “an accessible, healthy, and socially responsible celebration of the arts” that embraces everyone – from toddlers to teens to young families to seniors from throughout our region. The lowering of button prices is just one of a number of exciting changes and innovations that we’re bringing to First Night this year. Stay tuned to this blog for lots more about what’s new in the days ahead, including the startup of First Night 2015 button sales. And visit www.firstnightburlington.com for weekly profiles of the dozens of artists who’ll enthrall us all on December 31. Get ready for the 32nd annual First Night Burlington, now one of the oldest New Year’s Eve celebrations of its kind anywhere!