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Bele Chere 2013 Now Accepting Applications for Arts and Craft Exhibitors

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is now accepting applications for arts and crafts exhibitors in all mediums for the 35th annual Bele Chere Festival on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2013.  All applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2013.  In addition to the application form, artists must submit photographs of their work and the appropriate application fee.

Applications and additional information are available at www.belecherefestival.org or by contacting Kristin Perez at (828) 259-5800 or [email protected].

All applications will be juried by a panel of local arts professionals.  More than 100 quality handmade artists will be accepted and eligible for awards.

Information about the 2013 Bele Chere Festival is available online at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 828-259-5800.

Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast, with an attendance of approximately 275,000 annually and is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio of Asheville.  The festival is produced by the City of Asheville in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors.

City of Asheville Accepting Entertainer Applications for 2013 Bele Chere Festival

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is now accepting entertainment applications for the 2013 Bele Chere festival being held July 26 through 28, 2013.  The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013.  Applications and additional information are available online at www.belecherefestival.org.

Located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, Bele Chere showcases more than 40 national, regional and local entertainers on four stages.  Now in its 35th year, Bele Chere provides an excellent showcase for local musicians and entertainers of all genres of music.

Information about the 2013 Bele Chere Festival will be available online at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 828-259-5800.

Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast, with an attendance of approximately 275,000 annually.  The festival is produced by the City of Asheville in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors.

Volunteers Needed for 2012 Bele Chere Festival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville invites the community to “Chere the Fun” by volunteering for the 2012 Bele Chere Festival Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.  Now in its 34th year, Bele Chere is a celebration of the region’s art, music, and culture in downtown Asheville. The festivities are supported by scores of volunteers who contribute their time and talents to make the Bele Chere Festival successful.

Available volunteer opportunities include working in the children’s area, staffing information booths, assisting visitors in the Senior Oasis, and more.  Volunteers who work at least one 3.5 hour shift will receive a free Bele Chere t-shirt and snacks during their shift.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Additional volunteer information and an interest form are available on the official Bele Chere website at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling (828) 259-5800.

Bele Chere is produced by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors and is the largest free street festival in the Southeast.  It is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and Budweiser of Asheville.  For more information, visit www.belecherefestival.com or call (828) 259-5800.

Moment of Silence to be Observed Before Official Beginning of Bele Chere

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A moment of silence, in honor of fallen firefighter Captain Jeff Bowen, will be observed before the official beginning of the Bele Chere festival today.  Capt. Bowen, 37, went into cardiac arrest after succumbing to intense smoke and heat yesterday during a four-alarm fire at 445 Biltmore Avenue.

Each entertainment stage throughout the festival will observe a moment of silence today at noon.  All vendors, merchants, Bele Chere guests and the community at large are invited to participate.

“Behind the scenes, Bele Chere has always been a celebration of public service and unity.  As we begin the celebration of Bele Chere, of coming together to celebrate the goodness and diversity of this community, we hope to do so in Jeff’s honor – by carrying forth his compassion and kindness to all with whom we gather,” said Councilman Jan Davis.  “We hope to take this opportunity to be reminded of the importance of service and to celebrate the life of a true hero.”

In a show of solidarity, Asheville Fire Department will be assisted by City of Greensboro Fire Department and City of Charlotte Fire Department over the course of the festival weekend.

City staff has been invited to come together on the Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park at 11:45 a.m. to observe a moment of silence before the festival begins.

Information on any public memorial for Capt. Bowen will be released once details have been confirmed.

Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Health Center Parking lot at 35 Woodfin Street (outside only), for only $5 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

You can also park at Graybar Electric on Hilliard Street near the Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. No parking will be available on Sunday at Graybar.

Hours are:

  • Friday, July 29 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 30 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 31 (12:30 – 3 p.m.) Please Note: No parking @ Graybar on Sunday.

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

Asheville’s Bele Chere Events July 29-31, 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
ASHEVILE, NC – In addition to a fantastic lineup of interactive performances at the Lexington Avenue Performance Area, please check out our highly talented street performers found throughout the festival footprint.

Bele Chere 5k – July 30, 2011 – 7:30 AM
The Asheville Track Club welcomes you to the official web site of Asheville‘s favorite road race. The ATC expects over 1,500 runners to toe the line for our 32nd race as part of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival.

July 30, 2011 – 7:30 AM
New Start Time for Races – The 5K will begin at 7:30 am and the Fit Families Fun at 8:30 am. For more information, visit the Bele Chere 5k Website.


Lexington Avenue Interactive Performance Area
Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 29

  • 4:00- 5:00 Zumba with Shelia!
    Come out and Zumba with Shelia, a passionate and licensed Zumba teacher. Sure to be a good time, a good workout, and a great way to start
    your Bele Chere Experience!
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style
    with Missey Lindsey.
  • 6:15 – 7:00 Two-Steppin’ with Deb Swanson
  • 7:15 – 8:00 Hoola-Hoop with Steph McDowell. Demonstration and lesson
    with this super hooper
  • 8:00 – 10:00 Community Drum Circle with Roots of Rhythm- bring your own drum.
    All are welcome!

Saturday, July 30

  • 2:30 – 3:30 Everybody Dance Now! Celebrate National Dance Day
    Learn routine & perform at Bele Chere w/ I Do Dances
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Exuro- Extreme Balance Performance
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Zydeco Dance Demo & Lesson w/ Ms. Swanson, Zydeco Queen
  • 5:00 – 5:30 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style with Missey Lindsey
  • 6:15 – 7:15 Swing Asheville – don’t miss out on these moves!
  • 7:15 – 8:00 Hoola-Hoopin with Steph McDowell
  • 8:00 – 10:00 Community Drum Circle- all welcome, bring your own drum.

Sunday, July 31

  • 2:00 to 3:00 Zumba with Shelia! Sunday Zumba? Sure!
  • 3:00 to 4:00 Mountain Thunder Cloggers – a big group that does clogging right!
  • 4:30 to 6:00 Shall We Danz- Ballroom Style with Missey Lindsey

Please contact us with any questions.

Asheville City Offers Park-and-Ride Shuttles During Bele Chere

Monday, July 25th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville will provide continuous express shuttle service and free parking for Bele Chere, July 29-31.

To use these services, attendees should park at one of two designated locations and look for the Bele Chere booth selling shuttle tickets. The shuttle will transport people downtown, eliminating the need to find parking during the popular festival.

The cost for the shuttle is $2 round trip.

Park-and-ride locations:

West Asheville Shuttle: K-Mart on Patton Avenue

• Parking location: Use the K-Mart parking area, northeast corner of Patton Avenue (US-19/US-23/US-74) and Louisiana Avenue.

• Downtown pick-up/drop-off location: At the Civic Center, the corner of Haywood Street and Flint Street.

East Asheville Shuttle: Asheville Mall, Sears Department Store

• Parking location: Use the Asheville Mall parking area near White Pine Drive in the back near the Sears Department Store.

• Downtown pick-up/drop-off location: At the corner of Market Street and College Street in City/County Plaza.

Shuttle schedules:

Friday, noon – 11 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.

For more information, call 828-253-5691 or visit http://www.belecherefestival.com/.

Asheville’s 32nd Annual Bele Chere 5K

Monday, July 25th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Track Club welcomes you to Asheville‘s favorite road race, the 32nd Annual Bele Chere 5K. The ATC expects over 1,500 runners to toe the line for our 32nd race as part of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival.

Race headquarters will once again be historic McCormick Field in downtown Asheville.  The course will also remain the same as the past four years giving participants a true Asheville running experience.

Registration

Registration for the 2011 Bele Chere 5K Presented by Southeastern Sports Medicine and Fit Families Fun Run.  Click HERE to go to the registration page.

Pre-registration will only be accepted online using imAthlete.com.  Those new to this site will love the features this registration portal provides including an up-to-the minute list of registered athletes.  For your convenience, we have prepared a tutorial to guide you through the registration process.

Race day registration will end at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and 8:45 a.m. for the Fun Run

Entry Fees

After July 1 and on race day – $30 (Additional service charges applied for online registration)

Current members of the Asheville Track Club will receive a $3 discount off the 5K entry fee through a discount code that can be used with online registration.  Members will receive this code from an E Newsletter sent prior to the start of registration.  This code can only be used once per person and is not valid for on-site registration on Friday or Saturday.

The entry fee for the Fit Families Fun Run is $8.  Everyone running in the race must register for this event or the 5K.

Charities

One dollar from every entry will go to the Asheville Track Club’s Shoe Fund, which provides running shoes to disadvantaged students in Asheville and Buncombe County.  An additional dollar will be donated to the Association for Retarded Citizens.  Over the past four years, over $11,000 has been donated to these funds.

Race Schedule

Friday, July 29

4:00-7:00 pm        Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, Max Street

Saturday, July 30

6:00-7:30 am   Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – McCormick Field

6:00-8:30 am   Fun Run Registration – McCormick Field

7:45 am      Assemble for 5K Start – McCormick Place

8:00 am      5K Start – McCormick Place

8:45 am      Assemble for Fun Run Start – Main Gate

9:00 am      Fun Run Start

9:30 am     5K Awards Ceremony – Stadium Grandstands

Timing/Results

The 2011 Bele Chere 5K Presented by Southeastern Sports Medicine will utilize electronic timing.  A start pad will record all runners as they cross the start line.  Per USA Track & Field rules, awards will be based on gun time.

Results will be posted on this web site by Sunday, July 31st and at www.setupevents.com.

Bele Chere Needs Volunteers!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Bele Chere is made possible by volunteers. Volunteering at the festival is a great way to help your community while meeting people and having fun. Volunteers are welcome to sign up as pairs, groups, or individuals as long as you are energetic and friendly.. Festival volunteers receive a t-shirt and snacks during their shift. Most of the volunteer shifts are 3.5 hour slots. We encourage you to sign up for as many shifts as you would like. We thank you for taking the time to review the volunteer opportunities below:

Children’s Area:
Volunteers in this area will be assisting children with themed based arts and crafts projects.

Information Booth:

Information Booth volunteers will work in pairs, and are responsible for aiding festival visitors by answering commonly asked questions and passing out information.  All Information Booths will be equipped with the following items:  official festival guides, pocket festival guides, and maps.  Information Booths are placed in areas that provide optimal festival coverage.  If you are a talker and know your way around town- this is the place for you! Be sure to wear cool clothing, as the information booths are small and become warm quickly.

Roving Information:
Roving Information volunteers are responsible to for aiding festival goers with information needs while walking around the festival.  Roving Information volunteers will work in pairs, and be equipped with official festival guides, pocket guides, and maps.  This job requires a lot of time in the sun, so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, wear lightweight clothing, and drink plenty of water.

Signup here by filling out this form. Please read all instructions carefully. If you would like to volunteer for more than one shift, please fill out the form accordingly. On behalf of the Festival Organizers, we would like to thank you for your time and interest in volunteering.

Bele Chere 2011 Announces Entertainment Lineup

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Bele Chere has announced its 2011 entertainment lineup. AshevilleNC.com will post location and time information for all Bele Chere events as soon as the information is available.

Bele Chere 2011 Entertainment Lineup:

Apache Relay, Big Gigantic, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mambo Sauce, Marc Broussard, Papadosio, Railroad Earth, Rebirth Brass Band,Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, The London Souls, The Whigs, Balsam Range, Beta Radio, Cedric Burnside Project, Clouds of Greer, Common Foundation, Deep Fried 5, Do It To Julia, Doc Aquatic, Floating Action, Kelley & The Cowboys, Kovacs & The Polar Bear, Lyric, Mamarazzi, Onward Soldiers, Paper Tiger, RBTS WIN, Sanctum Sully, Secret B Sides, Sirius.B, Skinny Legs & All, Sonmi Suite, The Billy Sea, The Critters, The If You Wannas, The Protomen, The Stereofidelics, The Vertigo Jazz Project