Nocturne 2020 is a hybrid experience

This year's celebration of the visual arts is a mix of online programming, physically-distanced installations and a combination of both

Halifax professional hip-hop dance company The Woods presents De-Position at Halifax Commons Park on October 17 as part of this year's Nocturne.
Halifax professional hip-hop dance company The Woods presents De-Position at Halifax Commons Park on October 17 as part of this year's Nocturne.

In the age of COVID-19, Nocturne returns for its 13th edition with a mix of online programming, physically-distanced installations, and a combination of both.

And while past years have consisted of a single night celebration of Halifax’s visual arts, this year’s Nocturne will be held over six days, allowing more time to take in the offerings due to the current pandemic health protocols.

“While Nocturne will look and feel a little different this year, the spirit remains the same,” say organizers.

This year’s theme, under the artistic leadership of curator Lindsay Dobbin, is Echolocation. It is a theme described by organizers as “about connection, relationships, the environment, and community; all valid and important concepts to bring forward amidst a global pandemic, racial and civil unrest, and at a critical point in our fight against climate change.”

With more than 25 projects available virtually and over 20 in-person events during the week, organizers have curated several tours to help navigate this year’s Nocturne.

The 2020 edition of Nocturne takes place online and at various locations across Halifax now through October 17. Visit nocturnehalifax.ca for more information.