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Goodbye Bele Chere, hello “creative economies”

This year’s Bele Chere will be the last — at least, the last run by the city, as Asheville City Council members agreed during a March 12 budget session to end their financial involvement. As part of an overhaul in the way government deals with arts and festivals, city staff are also studying a proposal that sets up a “creative economies” chief, instead of a traditional arts administration staff. Photo by Max Cooper.

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Bele Chere meets Instagram

Throughout Bele Chere, Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd checked out your Instagram photos. Compiled using Storify, here’s what all the Ansel Adams wannabes took at Asheville’s largest arts and music festival. From Ultimate Air Dogs to Dr. Dog, maybe you’ll see one of your own shots here (or maybe you’re just in one). Photo by @ArtOfficialMusic on Instagram.

Busted: Inside the Bele Chere Doggie Jail


At last year’s festival, Xpress visited Asheville’s cutest convicts at the Bele Chere Doggie Jail. A far cry (or bark) from Alcatraz, proceeds from this rather posh and comfortable hoosegow go to Animal Compassion Network, a local foster and adoption organization whose many goals include finding “lifelong, stable and loving homes” for animals. For more information about ACN, visit http://www.animalcompassionnetwork.org.