Friday, August 5 2022

On Friday night, Burlington City Arts’ Highlight Burlington Festival returned with in-person performances at Waterfront Park and on Pine Street, as well as virtually. Two days before Christmas, the BCA decided to move all of its indoor performances in person to these outdoor venues due to concerns over Covid-19 and the omicron variant. “Obviously, over the past two weeks the scene for Covid-19 has changed dramatically,” said Zach Williamson, festival director at BCA. “Most of the artists were really happy that they were moved because they were also concerned with the performance. They wanted to do it, it’s a big event. It’s a good thing for performing artists to do. , but it’s obviously a bit difficult right now. ”Festival director Zach Williamson said the move was a rush to organize artists, production and vendors to new locations. Musicians and artists have had the choice of staying in person or playing online. Emma Cook, who performed at Highlight a few years ago, returned to play two sets at Waterfront Park. “gives the opportunity for people who feel comfortable in this space to be here and hide themselves,” Cook said. “We all take it day to day because we change so much and we want to keep the community safe and make sure everyone is comfortable.” Some people came on Friday to enjoy Highlight for the very first time. Ben Berchinsky from Costa Rica proposed to his now fiancée May Alfaro during their trip to Vermont. They decided to discover Highlight as a fun way to celebrate New Years and celebrate their engagement. “It’s different from what we’re used to and we like it,” Berchinsky said. “We love Vermont. This is our first time here and we will be back for sure.” Williamson expects future Highlight festivals will include virtual performances, regardless of whether Covid-19 is a concern.

On Friday night, Burlington City Arts’ Highlight Burlington Festival returned with in-person performances at Waterfront Park and on Pine Street, as well as virtually.

Two days before Christmas, the BCA decided to move all of its indoor performances in person to these outdoor venues due to concerns over Covid-19 and the omicron variant.

“Obviously, over the past two weeks the scene for Covid-19 has changed dramatically,” said Zach Williamson, festival director at BCA. “Most of the artists were really happy that they were moved because they were also concerned with the performance. They wanted to do it, it’s a big event. It’s a good thing for performing artists to do. , but it’s obviously a bit difficult at the moment. “

Festival director Zach Williamson said the move was a rush to organize artists, production and vendors in new locations. Musicians and artists have had the choice of staying in person or playing online.

Emma Cook, who performed at Highlight a few years ago, returned to play two sets at Waterfront Park.

“[The move] gives the opportunity for people who feel comfortable in this space to be here and hide themselves, ”said Cook. “We all take it day to day because we change so much and we want to keep the community safe and make sure everyone is comfortable.”

Some people came on Friday to enjoy Highlight for the very first time.

Ben Berchinsky from Costa Rica proposed to his now fiancée May Alfaro during their trip to Vermont. They decided to discover Highlight as a fun way to celebrate the New Year and to celebrate their engagement.

“It’s different than what we’re used to and we like it,” Berchinsky said. “We love Vermont. This is our first time here and we will definitely be back.”

Williamson expects future Highlight festivals to include virtual performances, regardless of whether Covid-19 is a concern.

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