It is not the Tattoo organizers were hoping for after having already missed out last year due to COVID-19. Still, it seems somehow fitting for a province that has become the poster child of what to do in a pandemic that the 2021 virtual edition of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo will celebrate the spirit of Nova Scotia.
Showcasing Nova Scotia and its diversity, the 2021 Tattoo will feature both Nova Scotia and international talent in a yet-to-be-announced line-up in a series of virtual shows available to audiences based on their geographic location.
Filming for the Tattoo’s virtual tour will take place in venues across the province through the spring and early summer, with limited tickets being made available for socially distanced live studio audience participation where possible.
In a media release, the Tattoo’s managing director and executive producer Scott Long says that the decision to pivot to a virtual production was about health and safety guidelines and protecting the Tattoo’s viability for the long term.
“Things are looking up, but we are not where we need to be just yet. There is still too much risk,” says Long. “We are confident that by next summer, we’ll be able to welcome performers and audiences from around the world back to the Scotiabank Centre. Until then, we’ll gather safely online.”