Nocturne is run primarily on volunteers, from board members, committees, juries, to helpers for the night of! The festival would not be possible without the dedication of its volunteers.

Interested in getting involved as a volunteer? Please contact our Volunteer Director, Yeha - [email protected] or sign up here


What is it?

We are looking for volunteers who can assist Nocturne’s Director of Volunteers with planning, scheduling and organization of our night-of team of volunteers in order to have a successful festival. You will help with recruiting volunteers and coming up with new ways to thank them!

What are you expected to do?

  • Attend volunteer committee meetings throughout the year (flexible dates, once a month or more during the busier months)

  • Attend university fairs and other society events to recruit volunteers along with Nocturne’s Executive Director

  • Attend the volunteer orientation sessions with Volunteer Director or Executive Director

  • Administration duties such as helping to manage volunteer contacts and scheduling

  • Help organize events

  • Set volunteers up for success on the night of Nocturne

  • Organize Volunteer party after the festival (or other ideas to thank our hardworking volunteers)


  • Availability on the night of Nocturne (It’s usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving in October)

  • One year of experience attending Nocturne as a volunteer.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Volunteer experience with different organizations

  • Punctuality and a strong sense of responsibility and urgency

  • Managing experience or enjoy working with others

  • Sponsorship or fundraising experience

If you would like to join our team in a more committed way, please email me your resume and brief explanation of why you would like to help out at [email protected]

Crowd Count Brigade (around 8 & 10pm) – Use the hashtag #NocCrowdCount to tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook the number of people you see around you (count as far as you can see!), along with the intersection or location you’re at. We’ll assemble the information to get a better idea of how many people are at Nocturne 2017. #NocCrowdCount

Share Your Words, Photos, and Videos – Tag your social media posts with #NocHfx17 (and you can also tag any exhibit numbers, e.g. #63), and engage with our Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts! #NocHfx


Each year Nocturne hires a Curator who develops the theme and organizes 5-10 anchor projects to be installed within the downtown cores of Halifax and Dartmouth. These anchor projects are funded directly by the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

Our 2018 call is now open, read more here!


Nocturne would not be what it is without the passion, creativity, and genius of Halifax’s artists. The majority of individual artists participate in Nocturne: Art at Night by applying to have a work or concept selected as a Beacon Project. The projects are selected through a juried process and the artists are funded by Nocturne following CARFAC guidelines. The call for applications is now out! 

Every year Nocturne and our curator bring art and artists to create fixed points for the evening. These projects echo the year's theme and create gathering spots to which to explore the festival from.


For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Galleries and Community Groups

The magic of Nocturne is in part created by various participating galleries and community groups who put the festival in their programming, year after year. Galleries and Community groups are selected through a juried process. An application is required for consideration to be an official Nocturne: Art at Night event. No funding is provided for these projects. 


For more information, please contact us at [email protected]


Have a space? Want to see it transformed into something fantastical and amazing? Every year Nocturne looks for potential venues to share with artists and to help shape the work and festival. We do need some vital information from you and an application form.


For more information, please contact us at [email protected]