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Art at night

By Tristan Kay, Arts Contributor


The city of Halifax is lush with creativity and artistry. Why not celebrate that artistry with a festival at night? Nocturnal art shows are performed across the globe, so it seems only fitting that Halifax has one too. Nocturne is a free, public festival designed to showcase the talent and diversity of artists in the area. The show will take place, rain or shine, on Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight. With over 100 exhibits and performances to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone.

The events are broken up into five different zones. Zones 1 to 4 are in Halifax while zone 5 is in downtown Dartmouth, near Alderney Landing and Portland Street. Galleries will open their doors for the evening, featuring both their regular pieces as well as Nocturne-related projects. There are a variety of independent projects taking place everywhere from city streets to the public gardens. Many local businesses will participate, as well. There will also be what are known as Anchor projects: larger scale productions by local artists. A full programme is available at the website,

One of the biggest challenges on the night of the show will be co-coordinating the best possible way to see the most performances/showcases. The organizers make it simple with different kinds of tours:

NocTours (On either foot or bike): Leave every hour on the hour from Grand Parade. The cycling portion will be put on by the Halifax Cycling Coalition.

Bus: Regular downtown bus routes will be operating the evening of Nocturne as well as FRED (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown), which was kindly donated by Metro Transit for the evening. FRED’s schedule can be checked in the official program on the Nocturne website while regular bus routes can be checked at

Ferry: From 6:15 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. there will be live performances on the ferry for those who choose to travel between the Halifax zones and Alderney Landing. The ferry will leave at quarter to and quarter after from 6 p.m. to midnight.

With shows ranging from a City Mail system, to Artificially Intelligent marine vehicles, Nocturne is sure to find a way to tickle just about everyone’s fancy.

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