The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

First Night Northampton 2022 indoor festivities canceled

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in our area and across Massachusetts, Northampton Health Director Merridith O’Leary, with the full concurrence and support of Mayor David Narkewicz, has canceled all indoor in-person events for First Night Northampton on New Year’s Eve. First Night will now be a live-stream broadcast to social media and public access TV from Noon-Midnight on December 31, 2021.

“I know how much time and planning has gone into creating this signature arts event for downtown Northampton, and I share in the disappointment that this decision causes for so many, particularly the artists scheduled to perform,” said Mayor David Narkewicz. “However, due to the exponential increase of the COVID-19 omicron variant infections, public health officials have acted swiftly to cancel indoor First Night activities. This will aid in halting the rapid spread of the infection in our city, and prevent our community hospital from being overwhelmed.”

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 7,817 new confirmed coronavirus cases which is the highest total reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The Northampton Board of Health scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday, December 28, 2021, to discuss other COVID-related measures in response to the spike in infections.

Refunds are available for First Night Pin purchases, please return to the location you purchased your pin for a refund. Unrefunded pin sales will be considered a donation to First Night Northampton. Please note, all pin purchases directly benefit local arts enrichment activities, and the cancellation of in-person events will hamper our fundraising efforts.

Live performances will stream from 33 Hawley, The Parlor Room, and Edwards Church. Schedule and links will be updated on very soon! The Fireworks at 6:15 pm from atop the downtown Northampton parking garage and the midnight ball raising in front of the Hotel Northampton will still take place in-person outdoors.
First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts since 1985. This signature New Year’s Eve event will feature memorable performances of your favorite artists. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local arts enrichment. In light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, there will no longer be in-person entertainment this year. Watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and the screen of your choice. Tune in at or on Northampton Comcast Cable channels 12, 15, and 23.

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