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The World's Largest Annual Indoor Show

What is it?

His Majesty The King’s Guards’ Drill Team,
Norway 2007

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Nova Scotia.

The two-and-a-half hour family show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience. Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.

Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos.

There's also workshops and festival events all free! Check out the details by exploring the menu options to the left.


When is it?


The first week of July every year!  In 2015, the Tattoo will be held June 30-July 7.


Tattoo Dancers, 2008

Who is it for?

Everybody! Young and old alike will enjoy this spectacular display. It is for tourists and locals, children and seniors, students and parents, couples and families. It is for you….

Where is it?

The Scotiabank Centre, a modern, air-conditioned arena located in the very heart of Downtown Halifax.

What else is there?

The Tattoo Festival includes:

  • A series of free noon-time concerts, parades and performances take place in various locations around the city, principally focused on the Spring Garden Road Area, but also taking place in the Waterfront, Grand Parade and other venues further afield. These happen most days during the run of the Tattoo.

  • July 1st is Canada's birthday and we help celebrate with a gigantic parade featuring the entire cast, right through the heart of the city.


    Who is in it?

    The cast of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Featuring military, police and civilian performers, the show is a true partnership. You will see and hear pipes and drums, military and civilian bands, historic re-enactments, dancers, acrobats, choirs, military displays and competitions, drama, comedy and more.

    The participants are without a doubt, the best in the world at what they do and they come from all over the world to take part.

    Want tickets?

    Tickets are available online at www.ticketatlantic.com, by phone at (902) 451-1221 and at designated ticket outlets.


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    Want to be involved?

    The Tattoo Production Office (please note tickets cannot be purchased through the Production Office) can be contacted by email at info@nstattoo.ca, by phone (toll free in North America) at 1-800-563-1114 or 1-902-420-1114, by fax at 1-902-423-6629 or by mail at 1586 Queen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2J1, Canada.

    We also have a number of regional contacts around the world:

    Col. (Ret'd) Anthony McGee at ajmcgee@bigpond.com

    François Deschacht at info@corpsandband.be

    Jacqueline Park at consulat.canada-st_pierreetmiquelon@amb-canada.fr

    Wilhelm Jaenike at wilhelm.a.jaenike@t-online.de

    United Kingdom
    Craig Roberts at croberts100@tiscali.co.uk