Resurrect First Night

What happened to First Night? First Night was a New Year’s Eve version of Bele Chere without the alcohol, but with a wider variety of entertainment. I know it was going in the late 1990s and into the 21st century, and then morphed into a smaller, Civic Center event. Now I google for what is offered on New Year’s Eve in the area and, other than individual business events, nothing comes up.

We need a winter celebration! I see trendy condominium complexes towering in downtown Asheville, growth between Hendersonville and Asheville bursting along Interstate 26, so there are more people living in the area who would attend. Resurrect First Night, a winter festival that warms spirits and shows support for the arts in all seasons.

— Kathy Kyle

Editor’s comment: First Night Asheville was a big success in its early years, but then experienced dwindling public response and reduced support from the city. In its final couple years, it was no longer staged at multiple venues throughout downtown, but entirely hosted in the Civic Center. The single-location strategy may have doomed it.

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One thought on “Resurrect First Night

  1. travelah

    Yeah, the single location killed it but with interest dwindling at the time it didn’t make much sense to continue it. Perhaps there is enough of a population change that it would make sense to explore it again.

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