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May 1, 2022

Call for Projects: Nocturne

Nocturne welcomes proposals to our 15th annual art at night festival from artists at any stage of their career. We encourage proposals to respond to the curatorial vision of the festival and are happy to provide assistance to applicants anytime. 

2022 THEME: LEGACIES 2022 CURATORS IN RESIDENCE: Stephanie Yee & Lux Habrich FESTIVAL DATES: October 13-16, 2022 DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 1, 2022*

*Please note our deadline is earlier this year to align with other funding opportunities artists may wish to apply to to further support their application.


Nocturne: Art at Night Festival (Nocturne) is a free independent, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) presented by the Nocturne: Art at Night Society which was founded in 2008. The festival brings art and energy to the streets of our city (and online) showcasing and celebrating the visual arts scene in Mi'kma'ki (Nova Scotia). This year Nocturne will take place from October 13-16, 2022. We have decided to continue with a multi-day format for the festival with a few key changes that will help to simplify the process and experience.


We encourage all applicants to consider their relationship to the land; Nocturne is an opportunity and platform to re-imagine the spaces of our city both built and natural and to interrogate the systems and institutions that govern those spaces. It is also a platform to consider the lived and experienced cultural landscapes that make up our city.

The land (and waters) where Nocturne takes place is Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral, unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British crown in 1725. It’s important that we say unceded and unsurrendered because acts that violate these treaties are happening every day here in Mi’kma’ki and all across Turtle Island. We are all treaty people and Nocturne strives to uphold the relationships outlined in these treaties that govern this land. We also acknowledge the significant foundations that the infrastructure and culture of Black and African Nova Scotian communities have contributed and continue to contribute to this province and country. Nocturne continues to collaborate, amplify, and connect with the many art communities that live and work here in Mi'kma'ki.

To learn more about Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages, the Native Land Interactive Map is a great resource and educational tool.

Nocturne is proud to pay successful applicants an equitable CARFAC Artist Fee (or better) every year along with a material budget and supplemental support for additional costs such as accessibility and artist care. 


Application assistance is available for anyone who faces barriers to completing an online application or any part of our application process. 

Nocturne is committed to accessibility, inclusion, and artistic care. We invite applicants to include an Access & Support Supplement budget to their project budget which can go towards artist care needs (child care, artist accessibility needs, support etc.) and features at their projects to make the experience of their work more accessible and inclusive. This supplementary grant provides a contribution towards costs for specific services and supports required to carry out a project funded by Nocturne.