Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is Nocturne for?

The festival is 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!

The printed Nocturne Guide will be released in The Coast's weekly issue leading up to our main event. Make sure you grab your copy and bring it along!

Our website also 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: nocturnehalifax.ca/guide


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. We recommend using the Scotia Square Parkades which will put you you in the heart of the action!

Don’t forget you can take the bus or ride your bike! The event is walkable and a free Nocturne shuttle bus 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 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 Anchor, Beacon, Spotlight Projects and Community Groups and Galleries?

ANCHOR PROJECT: Anchor projects are selected by the Nocturne Curator, and there are usually between 5-10 projects in this category.

BEACON PROJECT: These are Nocturne-funded projects selected by the Nocturne jury through the call for projects. More information is here.

SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: Hand-selected by Nocturne, these projects respond to this year's theme.

GALLERY - Organizations or businesses whose day-to-day primary operations are the exhibition and/or promotion of visual arts and/or artists. This includes public & commercial galleries, artist-run centres, arts cooperatives, university galleries and museums. More information is here.

COMMUNITY GROUPS - For-profit and non-profit community and cultural organizations, businesses (retail) and other cultural, educational, and historical institutions who do not meet the definition of a gallery, but will participate by coordinating their own Nocturne arts event or activity with the participation of artists or members of the arts community. This includes other arts organizations (circus arts, dance, theatre), community groups, universities, and other organizations. More information is here.

If you are a local business or for-profit group that does not fit the categories listed above, but wishes to participate in Nocturne: Art at Night, please contact us at [email protected] for further information.

VENUES do not receive funding and are responsible for their own staffing, security, insurance, artist payments and other project costs. All venues will be assessed by the Nocturne Programming Committee to ensure it fits the criteria of the event (see guidelines). More information is here.

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

Nocturne takes place annually on the Saturday following the long weekend in October:

2019 Dates
Opening Night - Thursday, October 17
Nocturne: Art at Night - Saturday, October 19