Nocturne targets North End for tour

HALIFAX — The Nocturne: Art at Night festival wants a new walking tour dedicated entirely to the North End. The challenge is to find a volunteer to design the tour and train three guides in time for the Oct. 17 event.

“Last year we only had a few special projects in the North End and not very much foot traffic,” said Nocturne’s volunteer coordinator, Rose Zack, in an email this week.

The 2008 Nocturne sparked 29 art galleries to open at night. Zack said last year’s festival also included a walking tour of downtown Halifax.

“I think that people took the tour for a more structured way to experience Nocturne and some even commented that it made them feel safer coming downtown.”

Zack said a dedicated North End tour is needed this year because the neighbourhood has changed so much in the last 12 months. New galleries and The Company House venue on Gottingen Street make it a good time to showcase the area, she said. In addition to Nocturne projects, the tour will incorporate architectural and cultural history.

Zack’s first job is to find the right candidate to create the experience. The job description says that volunteer should be “a leader,” enjoy speaking in front of crowds and be good at research and planning.

“I’d like to have someone who lives in and is passionate about the North End,” Zack said. “I think it is up to the developer to make the tour great, drawing on their own interests and knowledge.”

More information: Nocturne: Art at Night, 6 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 17

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