Announcement: cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

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**** Info via the NS Tattoo

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. The Tattoo has been celebrating the bond of friendship since 1979 never missing a beat, but sometimes the show cannot go on.

Public safety and the safety of our cast, volunteers, production team and crew are our first priorities. Although it may seem premature to cancel at this time, a show as large and complex as ours with an international cast requires extraordinary lead time when planning for any scenario. Given the current unprecedented global situation and uncertainties that surround us, it is in the best interests of the Tattoo and our community to cancel the 2020 production.

We had so looked forward to once again bringing our audience an awe-inspiring show. This year would have marked the Tattoo’s 42nd annual production – a unique longevity that not many similar organizations have the privilege of experiencing.

In the meantime, we will be working diligently from home with our trusted and valued partners including the Canadian Armed Forces, the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax to ensure a triumphant return in 2021. The dates for the 2021 edition are June 26 – July 3. Stay tuned for cast announcements and tickets on sale date coming soon.

All tickets purchased over the phone or online via will automatically be refunded – tickets can be destroyed. The refund could take up to 2-3 weeks.

For tickets purchased in person at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or Ticket Atlantic outlets please email for more information.

If you have purchased a ticket with a group tour, please contact your group tour operator for refunds. For those who hold complimentary and promotional ticket vouchers please hold on to these as we will honour the vouchers for tickets in 2021.

School groups who have already purchased student matinee tickets will be refunded directly by the Tattoo production office and we will contact you to make refund payment arrangements.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a registered CRA charity. For those who are able, we kindly ask that ticket holders consider making a donation in the value of their ticket(s) back to the Tattoo for a charitable donation receipt. This donation will help ensure we can continue on with our mission for years to come. To make a donation to the Tattoo please visit

At this time, we would like to thank the public, our valued partners, volunteers, cast, crew and staff for your support and understanding. We urge everyone to take the advice of your local authorities, stay safe and look after one another.

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