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First Night Worcester, Inc. closes its doors after 35 years

WORCESTER, MA – [May 19, 2017] – After a highly successful run bringing affordable, family-friendly arts to the community, First Night Worcester, Inc. announced today it will discontinue operations. The independent not-for-profit arts organization, which has been a mainstay on the city’s cultural calendar for decades, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary with its signature New Year’s Eve arts festival that brought thousands out to celebrate. Continue reading

May 17th 2017 by FNW
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WCRN 830 AM Radio joins the First Night Worcester family

WORCESTER, MA – [December 8, 2016] – With the holidays fast approaching, First Night Worcester announces an unprecedented on-air event that will take place during its upcoming New Year’s Eve arts festival. Continue reading

December 9th 2016 by FNW
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First Night Worcester launches new education collaborative

WORCESTER, MA – [February 26, 2016] – Leveraging its relationships with Becker College and South High Community School, First Night Worcester announces a new outreach program benefitting inner-city youth. The partnership creates an educational collaborative teaming Becker College student mentors with South High mentees to explore educational and career opportunities in the growing field of Interactive Media Design. Continue reading

February 26th 2016 by FNW
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Event Photos from FNW2016

View photos from our amazing and talented performers!
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February 9th 2016 by FNW
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Who tribute band makes Worcester debut at First Night

Who’s on First. It’s true – The Who tribute band Who are You will be playing at First Night Worcester 2016, with a show scheduled from 9 to 9:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in Tuckerman Hall. It will be the first time the band, whose members come from Western Massachusetts, has performed in Worcester. Continue reading

December 31st 2015 by FNW
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First Night Worcester festivities offer a day and night of contrasts

WORCESTER – First Night Worcester 2016 came in like a lion – at least on Tuckerman Hall stage.

A fiery red and white costume Chinese Lion Dance combined flashes of acrobatics and symbolism in a performance by The Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” that opened the First Night evening festivities Thursday in the venerable hall. Outside a short while later, two horses pulling a packed wagon of people could be seen traveling along Tuckerman Street and then turning right onto Salisbury Street. Continue reading

December 31st 2015 by FNW
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Worcester’s First Night New Year’s Eve celebration now has an app

WORCESTER — Worcester’s 35th First Night celebration returns Thursday, Dec. 31, with up to 60 performances on 12 stages and 20 participating locations overall. And, this year, there is a new way to plan your evening, a phone app. Continue reading

December 30th 2015 by FNW
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First Night Worcester adds new touches to continuing tradition

WORCESTER – First Night Worcester has already started thinking about its New Year’s Eve celebrations next year, which will be the 35th put on by the nonprofit organization since the first one was held on Dec. 31, 1982. Continue reading

December 24th 2015 by FNW
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First Night Worcester ready for New Year’s Eve

WORCESTER, MA – [December 1, 2015] – First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the nonprofit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981. “We’re really excited for this year’s show,” said Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. “Our schedule is final; we’ve got exciting new performances, a terrific new venue (Jillian’s Worcester) and, best of all, a brand new mobile app so folks on the go can get the most out of their First Night experience!” Continue reading

December 1st 2015 by FNW
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Fall Arts Preview: Ring in 2016 with First Night’s Worcester New Year’s Celebration

With summer come and gone, the months are quickly flying by and charging full-speed into 2016. To ring in the new year, instead of watching the ball drop at a friend’s house, you can experience a night full of performances, activities and fun right in the heart of Worcester – all thanks to the efforts of First Night Worcester. Continue reading

September 17th 2015 by FNW
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