Nocturne 2021 is BACK! Join artists, creators, community groups + galleries in a 4-day immersive artistic experience

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 It’s back!

Nocturne 2021 is BACK! Join artists, creators, community groups + galleries in a 4-day immersive artistic experience. See your city transformed by artists from October 13-16, 2021.




Nocturne: Art at Night celebrates contemporary professional art in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Through our festival and additional programming, we use art as a catalyst for connection. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Nocturne is a not-for-profit organization that brings the city access to art and wonder with no barriers.

Every year we work with a new curator to bring to life a curatorial concept or theme for our artists to respond to at our art at night festival. This year we have selected Liliona Quarmyne as our curator who has chosen the theme: Liminal. This year our curator worked with designer Kadeem Hinch to visualize their theme. The full image can be viewed here:

With an eclectic background that has taken her through many performance styles on four different continents, Liliona is a dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, community organizer, and activist. She performs across the country and internationally, creates original works as an independent artist, facilitates community programming, and is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio. The scope of Liliona’s artistic work is broad, but is particularly focused on the relationship between art and social justice, on the body’s ability to carry ancestral memory, and on the role the performing arts can play in creating change. Liliona loves to work in collaboration and community, is mom to two wonderful kids, and is thoroughly obsessed with karaoke.

To be liminal is to be in between. To be suspended between realities. It is to see both past and future, to know where we have been and see where we have to go, to have left one way behind without yet being able to live what is ahead. It is transition, threshold, possibility, ambiguity.

In this time when we struggle to release previous ways and look to new realities of justice and care, how can creativity enliven the liminal space in which we live? How can our experiences of being both here and there enable us to acknowledge our complexity and contradiction? For those living experiences of marginalization and oppression, how can art bring power to the liminal experience?

This is an invitation to step into the portal that hangs between. This portal is multi-dimensional, able to turn and rotate, to be seen from many angles and perspectives. It is both complex and piercingly clear. It is liminal.

As we step into this liminality, can we begin to imagine that which cannot yet be imagined?


Geographically, Nocturne takes place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We also acknowledge the significant foundations that the infrastructure and culture of Black and African Nova Scotian communities have played in building this province and country. We continue to work to collaborate, amplify, and connect with the many art communities that live and work here in Mi’kma’ki.


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