Plan Your Nocturne

Posted on October 7th, 2020
by Nocturne

And just like that, it’s October again!

We’ve been planning Nocturne for months and now we want to help you make a plan to have the best Nocturne (dare we say, ever?)!

This year’s festival has so much to offer— including an extensive list of engaging virtual and physical programming and an entire week to take in everything. With the extra time and space to experience more than you have ever before, and most from the comfort of your own home, we can’t wait for you to jump in.

Table of Contents:

  • Make A Plan
  • Zoom Etiquette
  • Accessibility & Safety
  • COVID Precautions
  • Getting Information & Volunteers
  • The Nocturne Guide
  • Share Your Experience

First off, for those of you new to Nocturne, let us introduce ourselves! Nocturne: Art at Night is an annual celebration of contemporary professional art in K’jipuktuk/Halifax and this is the 13th annual festival. Typically a one-night festival, this year we’re presenting a hybrid/distanced version to bring art to the streets (and internet-connected devices!) of K’jipuktuk/Halifax and virtually everywhere.


To have the best time at Nocturne, you’ll first want to...

Make A Plan

While you won’t be running the streets of K’jipuktuk to get to 100 projects in one night, you will need to plan ahead to know what’s happening each day of the festival. This way, you won’t miss any of the special scheduled programming. Nocturne projects this year take a few different forms:

  1. Physical projects
    1. Either at scheduled times OR available throughout the entire week
  2. Virtual projects
    1. Either at scheduled times OR available throughout the entire week
  3. Hybrid projects
    1. Available in both physical and virtual formats

To make your plan, start by checking out each category on our brand new Projects page. Click through and take note of the ones that intrigue you! Or check out one of our suggested Nocturne Tours to get you started!

Click on each project to find out more information - whether it’s happening at a scheduled time or if it’s available throughout the entire week. Some projects allow you to pre-register you can click the link to Register Now! and we’ve even added a handy “Add to Calendar” option.

For our physical and hybrid projects, we are taking COVID-19 seriously. And we want you to, as well! We have spaced out the projects in an effort to avoid large gatherings. Keep in mind all the public health regulations and take a look through our COVID-19 precautions here.

Whatever you do, your plan should definitely include:

  • The mid-week TAKEOVER party with HEIST on October 15 at 7:30 pm! Including LIP SYNC ROULETTE, you won’t want to miss this!
  • A Nocturne Black IPA brought to you by our long-term pals Propeller Brewing (for 19+ beer-lovers!). $1.50 from every beer sale goes to Nocturne.

Zoom Etiquette

For those of us who haven’t been stuck on Zoom meetings since mid-March, there are some tips and tricks we’d like to share to ensure you & the rest of the audience have a great time accessing the virtual projects (many of which are hosted on Zoom!):

  1. Download (or update!) the Zoom software before October 12th.
  2. Make sure you have a stable internet connection; try a hardwired connection if your wi-fi signal is low.
  3. Stay on mute if you’re not talking to avoid background noise impacting others’ experience.
  4. Don’t share your Zoom invitation link. Some projects use registration codes that create unique invitation links for each person! Sharing your link with a friend can cause connection issues for both of you.
  5. Be respectful in all interactions. Nocturne has a Safer Spaces policy in place and this extends to the virtual projects, whether you’re on video, audio, or in the chat room.

Safety & Accessibility

Every year we work hard to provide a safe and accessible experience for all who attend the festival so we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the importance of accessibility and your safety at Nocturne! This looks a little different when it comes to a partially online event. We’ve broken down these two topics in the next section:


Nocturne strives to highlight specific available services throughout the festival. Where possible, we have provided ASL interpretive services at some of our key online events. We also are happy to provide CC at your request (contact us at [email protected]).

First, we encourage all of our artists to host their projects in accessible spaces. Find all accessibility information for venues on individual project pages. As well, we ensure that gender-neutral washrooms and their locations are easily identifiable at each physical project location.

We’re always striving to make the festival more accessible, and are open to feedback at [email protected]


Our goal is for everyone to have a safe experience at Nocturne! If you do choose to get out and take in the physical projects, look to the experts at Heads Up Halifax on how to best ensure your safety while you're roaming the art-filled streets during Nocturne!

The Heads Up Halifax campaign reminds everyone to:

  • Make eye contact with drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists when approaching a crosswalk to ensure you are seen and your intentions [to cross] are understood. No assumptions. No surprises.
  • Slow down as you approach a crosswalk and scanning the street when approaching crosswalks and intersections
  • Press the button to activate the overhead lights (when they exist) and not crossing the street when the flashing hand sign is present
  • Avoid all distractions when driving or walking into a crosswalk area, whether people, cars, or bikes are present or not.

COVID Precautions

We take COVID-19 seriously and have some reminders for everyone attending Nocturne. See our COVID-19 Precautions here.

Volunteers & Getting Information

While we won’t have a “Hub” like past years, Nocturne volunteers will be out and about handing out guides and helping you find the information you need to enjoy the festival! You can find volunteers along the Halifax Waterfront as well as at the Halifax Central Library. Volunteers will also be stationed close to physical projects - look for the folks in the white vests and blue masks (made by Taya Ties).

Our volunteers can help you find:

  • The nearest project
  • Closest washroom
  • A fresh copy of The Nocturne Guide
  • And more!

Some of our volunteers are newcomers to our great city and are looking to get to know it better - make sure to say ‘hi’ when you see them!

The Nocturne Guide

If you don’t know yet, The Nocturne Guide is your go-to for all the information on projects the night of Nocturne. This year it is a little special! On one side, The Nocturne Guide features a limited edition poster for you to take home; On the other side, you'll find a breakdown of the projects, including type, category, location and how to engage with them!

You can pick up a copy of the guide from a volunteer or in any copy of The Coast October 15th edition - you can find The Coast at 600 locations, including “on wire racks on every university and college campus, in high-traffic retail locations, entertainment establishments, and newspaper boxes around the city." Although, the highest concentration of The Coast boxes are found on the peninsula, you’re able to find a copy of The Nocturne Guide wherever you find a copy of The Coast in your hometown in HRM. You can also see it here on their website.

We've also pulled out the "schedule" section of this year's guide for easy viewing here!

Share Your Experience

We want to hear from you! How was your experience at Nocturne whether online or in-person? Tag us @NocturneHalifax on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share your photos, ideas, and comments.

Looking for more?

The best way to get information about Nocturne is to follow us on social media and make sure your notifications are turned on! We will be sharing your content throughout the week of Nocturne and posting LIVE from art installations all over the city. We’ll also keep you informed of any changes to project locations, schedules, and more.

And there you have it - how to prepare to have your best Nocturne yet!

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