Nocturne expands – Metro US

Nocturne expands

Spectators at the second annual Nocturne: Art at Night event can expect even more to see and do than last year — and some interesting new ways to see and do it.

Over 30 galleries across Halifax and downtown Dartmouth will again open their doors for the city’s one-night-only nocturnal celebration of Halifax’s art scene. Artists will also display and perform their work in alternative spaces, such as the side of the Maritime Centre and on the Halifax Common.

This year, ArtCasts — podcasts featuring an audio tour of Nocturne’s exhibits — will be available through the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s website. ArtCasts will allow spectators to take a guided tour in absence of an actual guide, or to plan out what they want to see prior to the event, according to Laura Carmichael, Nocturne’s committee chair.

Walking tours will still be available — in fact, they will be more frequent.

“Last year we did (tours) every two hours, but now (visitors) can take a tour every hour,” Carmichael said.

Two free buses will allow spectators to cover more ground, travelling between the north end, as far as Chebucto Road, and the south end, to Gorsebrook Avenue.

Carmichael attributes the change in scale of this year’s event to increased volunteer participation.

“Because (last year) was such a success … there is a great response (with) volunteers this year,” she said. “Not only for the night of but also for the planning, so we’ve managed to get a lot more people on board.”

Carmichael hopes those attending this year’s Nocturne will realize just how vibrant the Halifax art scene is.

“I hope that (people) will go away with a new sense of the energy that exists here in the art community,” she said.

• Nocturne: Art at Night is taking place Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
• For a full list of participating galleries and exhibits visit www.nocturnehalifax.ca.