Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala

Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala 2020

Free Livestream Broadcast

Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm

Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is a yearly event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement, notably in the announcements of two major awards, the Portia White Prize and the Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award. Winners of the Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist Awards, the Emerging Artist Awards, the Indigenous Artist Award and the  Creative Community Impact Awards are also honoured. Collectively, the awards are worth $95,000.

This year, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala comes to you as a special live broadcast at at 7:00pm on Saturday, November 14. Produced by Heist at the Bus Stop Theatre, the free-to-view event will feature live hosts, performances, a DJ, presenters,  appearances from the celebrated award winners, as well as unique pre-recorded segments and performances. While the hosts, ASL interpreter, and DJ will be live in the studio, guests and performers will be “beamed in” live from their homes and incorporated into a fantastical digital stage designed by Heist and featuring artwork by esteemed Nova Scotian artists. 

Artistic Vision


As vital creative Nova Scotians, we must be willing to look into the past to see ourselves in the making. Nova Scotia is a name 400 years old, Mi’kma’ki is a name more than 10,000 years old. The actions, stories, and art of our ancestors is who we are, and our own actions, stories and art is who we will be. The past affects the present affects the future. GENERATIONS represents a snapshot in time: a group selfie for our archives in which we can highlight our achievements, celebrate beauty and diversity, critique our choices and decisions, and create a deliberate ripple forward in time to our future selves. Amidst a year of societal lockdowns, global pandemics and civil rights movements, Nova Scotians are also processing great loss. We must commit to look at how we contribute to our communities and the society around us. What ripples will you create?

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