There are also lots of fun ways you can help us celebrate our 10th year:

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

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


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. More details on the 2017 Curatorial Theme below. 


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]

2017 Curatorial Theme

Our theme this year: VANISH

Here are some thoughts about this year’s theme from our curatorial duo: 

As a curatorial premise, the term Vanish alludes to both the ephemeral nature of the Nocturne experience and the shifting focus that occurs as new or forgotten memories are transposed over prevalent narratives and pasts. Vanish is not erasure or removal, but an act of distancing or blurring. Vanish is slow magic — a camera lens slowly adjusting its focus. In 2017, as we usher in a year punctuated with celebrations of significant moments in Canadian history, it is important to take time to reflect on the complex nature of cultural remembrance.  As a means to creatively disrupt the dominant narratives that have come to define the city’s complex history, Vanish seeks to re-envision familiar public spaces throughout  Halifax and Dartmouth as phantasmagoric alternative realities. 

You can read more about the theme by clicking here.