What is Nocturne?

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne, designed and planned largely by volunteers, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. The Nocturne program and map guide residents and visitors alike to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

Nocturne is a not-for-profit organization. We work on building partnerships with the city and area businesses and government organizations to bring the city access to art and wonder with no barriers.

Geographically, Nocturne takes place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Every year Nocturne works with a new curator to present a theme and anchor artists. These projects echo the year's theme and create gathering spots to which to explore the festival from.

Safer Spaces Statement

Nocturne is dedicated to providing safer spaces. Our aim is to: host spaces that are widely accessible, amplify marginalized voices and leadership, and actively prioritize anti oppressive principles. Our organizational goal is to provide inclusive events free from harassment and discrimination.

In all Nocturne spaces we will treat each other with respect and dignity and will not tolerate any discrimination or violence. This expectation includes but is not limited to: racism, homophobia, transphophia, ableism, ageism, sexualized violence, and all acts of violence and harassment. Building spaces that care for our various communities is deeply important to us and we take these safety measures very seriously.

For any questions on this statement, please contact:

Lindsay Ann Cory
Executive Director, Nocturne: Art at Night
[email protected]
Phone: 902-456-6627


Dary Jessome
Chair, Nocturne: Art at Night
[email protected]

Other community supports include:

- South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre (902) 494 2423 or southhousehalifax.ca
- Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (902) 422-4240 or avaloncentre.ca

Nocturne 2019


The Halifax Regional Municipality is a city in transition. The past few years have seen the rapid upward expansion of the downtown core, the loss of some beloved historic spaces, and the addition of some less-loved new ones. Often, the structures designed to temporarily hold up the active assembly and disassembly of our infrastructure create a new version of our city - adding detours to our commutes, turning walking routes into a series of scaffolding tunnels, and speckling our skyline with cranes. This year’s Nocturne will embrace this time of change to reimagine the city with new materials, new ideals, and a sense of humour.

Scaffold asks artists to explore how temporary structures can be used to make a larger commentary on the social, physical and political structures that shape our lives. Who decides the purpose, form and design of our physical spaces? Who dictates the rules of how we behave within those spaces? We seek to question the power structures within the existence of our public spaces and examine accessibility and ownership. We invite artists to use humour, absurdity, and the unexpected to transform our streets into a new city. For one night only we present your vision of K'jipuktuk/Halifax. How bad could it go? It’s gone tomorrow.



The Nocturne Committee lends voice and agency to the Halifax arts community by facilitating collaborations and exhibition opportunities in the form of a free, nighttime contemporary arts event. The objective of the organization is to execute an annual event that highlights the existing arts community in the Halifax area that serves both the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality and tourists. The organization acts as facilitator for galleries, artists and volunteers to provide an yearly arts event in both private and public spaces. By creating an accessible and professional arts event for the community, Nocturne aims for integrity and inclusiveness in all facets of event planning with special consideration to hold an intersectional, anti-oppressive, anti-racist and pro-survivor analysis in its programming and operations.


The Nocturne: Art at Night Society facilitates exhibition opportunities based on a high standard of curatorial integrity and collaboration. Nocturne enriches and enlivens communities through the creation and exhibition of thoughtful, well executed contemporary artworks. Nocturne engages in municipal, regional, national and international contemporary arts discourse by providing professional opportunities to artists. Nocturne operates in a fiscally sustainable and responsible manner to grow in quality and impact.


  • Present critical and relevant art event(s) of a high artistic and professional standard focused on the strengths of the Halifax/local art community and that includes regional, national, and international representation
  • Increase public attendance and encourage community engagement throughout the Nocturne experience.
  • Secure human resources to deliver Nocturne activities with the guidance of the Board of Directors. Our goal is to shift the organization’s operations from a working Board to paid staff. In 2017 we hired our first full-time staff member, an Executive Director to oversee the planning of the festival.
  • Achieve sustainability by securing and maintaining financial resources through the development of partnerships with government organizations, businesses, and communities in the region that share Nocturne’s values.

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