A new harbour-wide festival will see Nova Scotians celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of Halifax Harbour this September. Dates for the Halifax Harbour Festival were announced today, June 29. Waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Halifax will host activities for the community Sept. 17 and 18. “The Halifax Harbour Festival is an acknowledgement of how fortunate we are to be living in a community built on the edge of the ocean,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “It’s a celebration of our history, the authentic maritime experience we live every day, and the innovation and creativity that is taking us into the future.” A project of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, the Halifax Harbour Festival will be an annual event. This year, events are planned at DeWolfe Park in Bedford, Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Fisherman’s Cove and MacCormacks Beach Provincial Park in Eastern Passage, and the Halifax Harbourwalk in Halifax. “The festival will be a celebration of the history, culture and economic impact of the harbour on the surrounding community,” said Eric Thomson, chair of the corporation’s board of directors. “We’re very pleased to have four key waterfront venues to bring the community to the waterfront and celebrate the harbour.” Events planned for the Dartmouth waterfront will focus on local art and the art of preparing food. The Boardwalk Artists at Alderney Landing, features artists and craftspeople demonstrating their work between the Alderney Marina and Alderney Quay. “Alderney Landing has been at the heart of many great waterfront events in Dartmouth over the years,” said Bea MacGregor, executive director of Alderney Landing. “When we were first presented with the Halifax Harbour Festival, we said count us in.” The Alderney Samplefest is a culinary event featuring chefs and food and beverage producers from throughout the province. The samplefest will be presented as a tented village on the parking lot of Alderney Landing. Both events will be co-produced by Alderney Landing for the Halifax Harbour Festival. Other festival events include the Festival Family Picnic and a Seafood Barbeque at DeWolfe Park in Bedford; an exhibition of work by award-winning Nova Scotia wildlife and landscape artists at Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage; and special family activities at participating cultural venues along the Halifax waterfront, including Pier 21, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada will be represented at each of the four waterfront locations by performances of the highly acclaimed pipes and drums of the 78th Highlanders. The theme for the inaugural festival is Discover Your Harbour. To encourage festival-goers to discover the harbour by water, a harbour shuttle will transport people between Halifax and Eastern Passage. Mr. Thomson explained that the festival will also promote good environmental habits. “The festival will be a green event, promoting environmental sustainability through displays and presentations by various municipal, provincial and federal departments and environmental organizations, and by providing four-stream waste separation at all festival venues.” Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation under the Office of Economic Development that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour.