With this week's relocation of the Atlantic Film Festival office, NSCAD's "art district" vision is complete. Here are some of the key tenants that should help turn the arts university's Fountain campus into a renewed downtown arts and culture destination—at least until NSCAD decamps to a new "integral campus" sometime in 2019.
1. Art Bar + Projects, and Cabaret Voltaire—Atlantique (1873 Granville Street)
A joint initiative between the Khyber Centre and NSCAD's Anna Leonowens Gallery—with beer from Garrsion Brewery—Art Bar and CV-A opened in January as Halifax's newest installation and performance venue. The beautiful wood-panelled space, formerly Brussels Restaurant and Brasserie, is based on the Dadaist Cabaret Voltaire founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916. The Halifax 2016 version features daily and weekly events including art talks, performance pieces and live music shows.
2. Atlantic Film Festival (1892 Hollis Street)
On February 1, the Atlantic Film Festival moved to the former location of NSCAD's School of Extended Studies to prepare for the 36th annual movie fest in September, a summer of waterfront events and a new in-person box office.
3. Anna Leonowens Gallery (1891 Granville Street)
NSCAD's multi-level student gallery, a teaching and exhibition space, has been lively and gorgeous under Melanie Colosimo's direction—especially after recent upgrades to make it more functional. With a full program of shows by students, alumni and visiting artists, the Anna changes week to week. Get down there!
4. Khyber Centre for the Arts (1880 Hollis Street)
After moving from Barrington Street's Khyber Building for a short stint on Cornwallis Street, the Khyber Centre for the Arts has been back downtown since November as a licensed community space, art gallery and music venue under the direction of Hannah Guinan. Currently installed is It's Not Your Fault, Raven Davis's show about missing and murdered Indigenous women and victims of abuse. This weekend features a fundraiser and dance party. a