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Walking the Debris Field: Centenary Procession
Public art walking event marking the 100th anniversary of the explosion in Halifax harbour

Walk Your Own Path, Mulgrave Park, Halifax
NiSTS, 2016

4 pm, Sunday December 3
Starting behind the Devonshire Arena, 3395 Devonshire Avenue, Halifax

This public art event, in the form of a processional walk, marks the 100th anniversary of the explosion in Halifax harbour, and is the finale for Narratives in Space+Time’s 2014-2017 project, Walking the Debris Field: Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion.

Narratives in Space+Time Society uses mobile media and walking as creative research methods to make public art. The group’s interactive explorations of locations and subjects are sited in spaces that are often overlooked, disused or vacant. The members of NiS+TS are Robert Bean, Brian Lilley, Barbara Lounder and Mary Elizabeth Luka.

For the last four years, NiS+TS has presented public walking events that explore the ways in which the December 6, 1917 explosion in Halifax harbour has shaped the diverse experiences and understandings of the city. The explosion was a wartime disaster that killed almost 2000 people and injured over 9000 others. It destroyed the Halifax working class neighbourhood of Richmond and much of north end Dartmouth, including the Indigenous village of Turtle Grove. Although the trauma caused by this event is barely visible today, with no markers or official commemorations near Ground Zero, it continues to reverberate, shaping our identities and communities, and our future.

The Walking the Debris Field project by NiS+TS involves many individuals and groups, and engages difficult histories of racism, militarism, displacement and trauma, along with stories of community building, strength and resilience. Featuring special guests, performers and other collaborators, drifting through the heart of the debris field left after the 1917 explosion, Centenary Procession is a participatory art event not to be missed.

For more information about the various drifts (suggested routes) that NiS+TS and participants have walked in the debris field, download the free iOS app Drifts (developed for NiS+TS by MindSea) at the app store, or find it online at

Centenary Procession is one of a number of public art events, exhibitions and presentations by NiS+TS taking place from October through December, 2017. For the complete list, see

Centenary Procession and related works by NiS+TS have received funding and other support from the City of Halifax, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada 150, Arts Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Explosion 100, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, NSCAD University, Dalhousie University, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and Dalhousie Art Gallery.

This event is partially accessible. It is a free, all-ages outdoor walk and the planned route is on sidewalks and has some hills. It will take place rain or shine, but in the event of a storm, Centenary Procession will take place on Sunday December 10.


Contact Information:
NiS+TS email

For more details, including updates, about his event, see
NiS+TS Facebook, event

To find out more about NiS+TS, see
NiS+TS Facebook
NiS+TS website

NiS+TS Twitter

NiS+TS Instagram

NiSTS, 2016





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