Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is Nocturne for?

The festival is intended for people of all ages and all backgrounds. Whether you are a long time art enthusiast or just out to enjoy the evening, Nocturne will have something you can enjoy.

Q: How do I plan my Nocturne experience?

Nocturne offers a variety of ways to plan your night. Check out our Anchor Projects, the large scale curated exhibitions as well as our Beacon Projects, which come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you also check out our Community Groups and Galleries, these projects keep Nocturne truly engaging! 

Our website contains all the programming information you need – you can access it from your computer or browse through our mobile accessible website from your favourite device:

Our printed program guide will be released in The Coast weekly issue leading up to October 14, 2017. Make sure you grab your copy and bring it along!

Q: Where can I park?

The event is located throughout downtown Dartmouth and downtown Halifax. There is street parking as well as private parking in lots. The evening tends to be very busy so it could be challenging to find parking in the core, and in past years there has been a lot of pedestrian traffic, so driving through the downtown could be slower than usual.

Don’t forget you can take the bus or ride your bike – the bike valet is available again this year. The event is walkable and a free bus shuttle is available. Check the Nocturne Guide for the free bus route and find a stop near you!

Q: What is the free shuttle bus?

Two free chartered Metro Transit buses will be available to the public during Nocturne and will follow a route mapped out specially to stop close to Nocturne projects and galleries in Halifax. Grab a group of friends and plot a special Nocturne route, no need to worry about parking! The bus is wheelchair accessible and runs approximately every 20 minutes. You can find the route in the Nocturne program guide!

Q: What is the difference between an Beacon Projects and Galleries/Exhibit Space (Commercial gallery, temporary exhibit space, artist run centre)?

An Exhibit Space does not receive any funding and is responsible for its own staffing, security, insurance, artist payments and other project costs. All Gallery/Exhibit Spaces will be assessed by the Nocturne Programming Committee, to ensure it fits the criteria of the event (see guidelines).

A Beacon Project is provided funding when approved by the Nocturne Programming Committee and a peer jury (see guidelines and application).

A Beacon Project participant must find a venue (church, parking lot, wall, park, etc). Nocturne: Art at Night cannot find you a venue, but we can consult with you on ideas and considerations. For a list of organizations that have made spaces available contact [email protected] Please note that Nocturne compiles this list for the use of artists, but does not facilitate or negotiate the use of venues between organizations and artists. Arranging for the use of a space with any organization or agency does not guarantee acceptance into Nocturne as a Beacon Project.

Q: What are the dates for Nocturne: Art at Night?

Nocturne takes place annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

2017 Dates
Opening Night - Thursday, October 12
Nocturne: art at night - Saturday, October 14