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Halifax’s Nocturne festival curated by Indigenous artist for the first time ever – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 19, 201847 Views

For the first time in Nocturne’s 10-year history, an Indigenous artist, Raven Davis, curated the annual nighttime art festival.

The Anishinaabe artist was chosen after the Halifax-based festival partnered with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

“This is a giant step for Nocturne,” Davis told Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild.

According to Davis, there was a 50 per cent increase in applications to the Oct. 13 festival this year — the majority coming from Black, Indigenous and people of colour. She sees that as a “great success.”

“It means that there is 50 per cent more new artists, who maybe haven’t felt like they’ve been represented at these festivals, are coming out to make work.”

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