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First Night North Issues Annual Call to Artists

The Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series and Final Fridays, highlights of Catamount Arts summer programming, are still going strong, but preparation is already underway for year-end celebrations. First Night North is accepting online applications now for family-friendly acts who’d like to perform Saturday, December 31st, 2022, as part of Vermont’s favorite New Year’s Eve performing arts festival.

Formerly known as First Night St. Johnsbury, First Night North began in 1993 and was modeled after Burlington’s First Night festival. Attendance declined sharply in 2017 due to record-breaking cold temperatures, and the entire festival went online in 2020 due to Covid. Nevertheless, First Night North is busily planning its 30th festival, lining up musicians, dancers, comedians, puppeteers, storytellers, magicians, and more.

While First Night North relies year after year on a few eagerly anticipated tried-and-true acts, organizers always make room for exciting new performances and have a history of adapting on the fly to unforeseen circumstances. Covid-related challenges have been unprecedented, but First Night North has never canceled, managing a full eight hours of family-friendly entertainment no matter what. Gathering community together, whether virtually or in person, has been increasingly important since 2020, and First Night North organizers are more motivated than ever to provide a welcome sense of celebration and normalcy in persistently strange times.

First-time and former First Night North artist candidates are welcome to apply now for a spot in this year’s line-up. Applicants are asked to familiarize themselves with the following guidelines before filling out the online application in its entirety. Act content must be suitable for all ages. Artists may apply to perform one or two 45-minute sets. Artists are not required to perform two sets, (nor is First Night required to book two sets), but artists interested in doing so must indicate whether both sets will be identical or substantially different.

The deadline to apply is September 15th. The First Night North Committee will make decisions based on act variety, venue availability and overall budget, and plan to notify applicants of their decision by October 1st. To apply for one or two 45-minute performance slots at First Night North in St. Johnsbury on Saturday, December 31, 2022, please use the following link to fill out the online form in its entirety by September 15th: