40th anniversary production of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo celebrates the Power of Peace. Photo: Facebook /Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
40th anniversary production of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo celebrates the Power of Peace. Photo: Facebook /Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society has revealed a line-up of performances for its 2019 show, designed to take audiences on a trip around the world as it celebrates the Power of Peace.

Set to play Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre June 29 through July 6, this 40th anniversary production will include acts from Australia, Estonia, Germany, Japan, United States, and of course, from right here in Canada.

First held in Halifax in 1979, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is now an annual week-long event designed for the entire family. Originally a 17th century drum signal for British soldiers to return to their barracks, “tattoo” has come to represent this showcase of Canadian and international military and civilian marching bands, musicians, acrobats, dancers and military tradition.

This year’s Tattoo theme is Power of Peace, a celebration of how the resolution of conflict brings about peace, how humanitarians endeavour to create change, and how the bond of friendship between participating countries have strengthened over forty years.

Highlights from this year’s line-up includes:

Semi-finalists on Australia’s Got Talent, the Black Diamond DrillDance Team comes all the way from Adelaide in the land Down Under with this competitive group made up of participants aged between 5 and 50.

From Estonia comes the return of gymnastic group Club Piruett to the Tattoo, this year featuring its junior school performers in a ribbon routine.

Germany represents with the German Air Force Band Erfurt. Based in central Germany, this 56-person band comes to Halifax this summer, reinforcing the long-standing friendship between the Tattoo and Deutschland.

From the other side of the world comes the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band. Formed in 1952, this celebrated military band from Tokyo will be joined by singer and petty officer third class, Mariko Nakagawa.

Our neighbours south of the border will be represented by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team from Washington, D.C., the Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band, and the Chicago-based circus group Wheel Jam, among others.

The Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band are among a number of contingents scheduled to appear at this year's Tattoo. Photo: Facebook / Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band.
The Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band are among a number of U.S. groups scheduled to appear at this year’s Tattoo. Photo: Facebook / Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band.

The homegrown contingent will include the Atlantic Canada reserve musicians of the 5th Canadian Division Band, Halifax’s own Diaga Irish Dance, and Darmouth-based opera singer Jon-Paul Decosse will make his Tattoo debut this year.

As well, the best military, police and civilian pipes and drums units from across Canada come together in this year’s Massed Pipes & Drums which will include units from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Cadets. In addition, the Corps of Royal Canadian Electricians and Mechanical Engineers will have a little fun as they participate in the Canadian Jiffy Jeep Team Championships, as they race to take apart a jeep and put it back together.

Only a small selection of what has become the world’s largest annual indoor show, tickets to the 2019 edition of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo are now on sale.

Visit nstattoo.ca for tickets and information.