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Culture of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hosting the region's biggest urban population, Halifax, Nova Scotia is definitely an significant cultural
centre in Atlantic Canada. Halifax is home to a vibrant arts and culture community that enjoys
considerable help and participation in the common population. Because the biggest community plus the
administrative centre of the Atlantic region considering that its founding in 1749, Halifax has longstanding tradition of getting a cultural generator. Whilst provincial arts and culture policies have tended
to distribute investment and help of your arts throughout the province, often to the detriment of far
more populous Halifax, cultural production in the region is increasingly being recognized for its
economic benefits, at the same time as its purely cultural aspects. Get much more details about read
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The Halifax Regional Municipality is inside the method of drafting a Cultural Program to guide the
municipality's arts and culture development.

While Halifax isn't as multiculturally diverse as its larger Canadian counterparts, this can be gradually
evolving, specifically as the municipality and province spot more emphasis on attracting immigrants.
Muslims comprise the second-largest visible minority in Halifax, while the biggest visible minority - the
historic African Nova Scotian neighborhood - as well because the additional not too long ago established
Greek and Lebanese communities deliver crucial influences for neighborhood culture. The city benefits
from a large population of post-secondary students, like a significant proportion of national and
international students, who strongly influence the neighborhood cultural scene.

Performing arts
Halifax has been the home to live music and theatrical productions practically given that its founding.
Writer-historian Thomas H. Raddall wrote that by the 1780s there had been no much less than two
theatres, the "old" Grand Theatre on Argyle Street along with the "new" Grand Theatre on Grafton

Street. "The plays have been mainly farces in the sort common in London at the time…" (note Raddall).
From 1876 until its demolition in 1929, plays, concerts and also operas had been performed in the
Academy of Music creating close to the corner of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road. Reflecting
the change in well-known taste, the Academy creating was torn down to produce way for the Capital
Theatre, a movie house. The old-style cinema was itself subject to obsolescence, and in the 1970s
demolished to make way for an office creating (the Maritime Centre).

Halifax is home to a number of theatre groups, the most prominent getting the Neptune Theatre. Even
though Neptune was founded in 1963, live theatre had been performed on the present web-site since
1915 when it was reputed to become the first Vaudeville house created and built especially as a theatre.

Other notable theatre groups involve the open air Shakespeare by the Sea, Eastern Front Theatre,
primarily based in Alderney Landing and Canada's longest continuously operating neighborhood theatre
The Theatre Arts Guild. You can find many smaller theatre companies, for instance OneLight Theatre,
Zuppa Circus, Foghorn Theatre and 2b Theatre; also as various community-based theatre groups
including the Chester Players and the Dartmouth Players.

There's a theatre studies system at Dalhousie University and its Rebecca Cohn Auditorium is the biggest
performance theatre for dramatic and musical events in Halifax

Halifax could be the home of several dance organizations, the oldest and biggest is the Halifax Dance
Association. Founded in 1973, Halifax Dance has more than 1400 members and is definitely the biggest
dance organization inside the Atlantic region, situated within the Maritime Centre on Barrington Street.
Halifax Dance offers recreational classes in ballet, modern, jazz, creative movement, tap, hip-hop and
physical theatre. In addition, it offers the Intensive Training System (ITP) for much more significant study
of dance, choreography and functionality. Halifax Dance has quite a few companies-in-residence: Senior
Company-in Residence, Gwen Noah Dance, the modern companies Mocean Dance and Verve Mwendo
and also the Young Company which tours Nova Scotian schools and annually presents The Nutcracker.

The other important dance organization in Halifax would be the School of Dance in the Maritime
Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Halifax's immigrant communities also have an array of dance troupes that execute all more than Halifax
and Nova Scotia. One of these troupes is Romiosyni Dance Group12 (Greek Neighborhood of Halifax)
which headlines in the annual Greek Festival and performs all through the Maritimes. The group is
composed of volunteer instructors and dancers who share the love of Greek dance and culture. Their
costume collection comes in the a variety of regions of Greece and their repertoire consists of a big
number of standard Greek dances.


The musical scene in Halifax is broad and richly varied, from European classical to Celtic and Acadian
traditional to the a variety of types of indie. It truly is the home of Symphony Nova Scotia,13 which dates
back to 1897 when it was referred to as The Halifax Symphony. Lots of of its musicians have joint
teaching appointments in the Dalhousie University School of Music along with the Maritime
Conservatory of Performing Arts. Symphony Nova Scotia's conductor given that 2002 has been Bernhard

Halifax is home to a vibrant music neighborhood. Some notable artists to possess emerged from Halifax
incorporate Buck 65, Universal Soul, Classified, Wintersleep, April Wine, and also the Joel Plaskett
Emergency. Through the 1990s, Halifax was excitedly billed because the subsequent Seattle for the
reason that of its vibrant indie rock scene. Although it never ever managed to attain Seattle's musical
fame, a number of artists did emerge, including Sloan, Thrush Hermit, and Sarah McLachlan. Halifax
could be the home from the Halifax Pop Explosion, an indie rock festival that draws upwards of 20,000
attendees annually and showcases new and emerging music. Past performers include Arcade Fire,
K'naan, The Hold Steady, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and hundreds a lot more.

In addition, it hosted the 2006 Juno Awards.

The city is sometimes included inside the tours of top-grossing concert acts. The Rolling Stones recently
held the biggest concert the city has ever witnessed on September 23, 2006, around the Halifax

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