First Night runs on volunteers—this year we need about 300 people to make YOUR event a success. Choose from a wide variety of jobs—from face painting to button selling, and a wide variety of venues—from City Hall to Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium. Volunteering at First Night is fun! Our volunteers come back year after year! Give us three hours of your time and we’ll give you a button that allows you to attend most First Night performances, a voucher good for a burrito at Boloco and a buy one get one certificate for Lake Champlain Chocolate hot chocolate. Take a minute and look under the volunteer tab for some brief job descriptions and join in the festivities. We promise you a celebration to remember!
First Night Burlington is delighted to present a special selection of performances and activities this New Year’s Eve entitled Africa to Vermont. These events will celebrate emerging and established artists from New American communities in Vermont, with a particular focus on artists of the African diaspora.
Performers in the Africa to Vermont program include African hip-hop trio A2VT; dance band New Nile Orchestra, led by Ethiopian singer/dancer Kiflu Kidane; Somali Bantu “wedding band” Walinja; and the Burundian Women’s Dance Company. In addition to performing with New Nile Orchestra, percussionist Steve Ferraris will also lead an afternoon African drumming workshop for Burlington elementary school students. Students participating in the workshop will then perform with New Nile Orchestra at the band’s early evening concert in Contois Auditorium.
Africa to Vermont programming at First Night Burlington 2014 is funded in part with a Small and Inspiring grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, which hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy.