Melany Nugent-Noble will be Nocturne's Executive Director.
Melany Nugent-Noble will be Nocturne's Executive Director.

Nocturne announces new Executive Director and Artistic Director

Melany Nugent-Noble and Yeha Ahn will helm the annual visual art event.

Nocturne, the annual festival that sees Halifax transformed for a handful of nights through the work of countless artists, is undergoing a transformation of its own. Yet another example in the deluge of local arts organizations and festivals switching up their leaderships, the visual art event announced its incoming Executive Director—and a new operational structure.
Melany Nugent-Noble will take over the role of Executive Director, a position vacated earlier this year as Lindsay Cory left the festival for a job with the city as its Public Art Developer. (Full disclosure: Cory also worked as part of the events staff on Team Coast for a number of years.)

Alongside Nugent-Noble, who starts with the fest on Aug 17, there will also be an interim Artistic Director, Yeha Ahn. The role of Artistic Director is a new one for Nocturne—one created, the fest explains in a release, to help "support [the festival]'s growth and capacity in the community." Ahn's longtime ties to the fest make her a natural choice for its inaugural AD—and the release announcing the news adds Ahn will work with Nocturne's board to make this new position permanent.

Nugent-Noble comes to the festival with a resume stuffed with two decades of experience in various arts institutions, galleries and government. (She's also an artist herself, having been a participant in Nocturne 2021.) Ahn, meanwhile, boasts deep community ties and experience working with a number of large events and organizations. 

Nocturne's 2022 event is slated for October 13-16.

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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