Fundraiser takes Carnivale Theme to 1920's Paris


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Major Fundraiser Takes Carnivale Theme to 1920’s Paris

JUNE 1, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – An evening of unmatched mystique, magnificence and old world Parisian charm will soon be upon Halifax as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s major fundraising gala, Carnivale AGNS: Magic nears.

On June 8, Carnivale AGNS: Magic will bring together artists, fun seekers, benefactors and art lovers in support of the Gallery’s important place in our cultural landscape. This year’s event, Carnivale AGNS: Magic, is a red carpet evening re-inventing the magic, mystery and excitement of a 1920’s Parisian circus, featuring circus performers, magic acts, French cuisine and encounters with art all under the Big Top. Sponsored by Scotiabank, the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank main branch with the main event to follow at the Gallery in the Ondaatje Courtyard at 1723 Hollis Street.

“Carnivale is a spectacular event,” said Rob Sobey, chair of the Gallery’s Gala Committee, currently in its third year. “As the AGNS’s primary fundraising event, it brings together artists, art lovers and corporate sponsors in an extraordinary evening of spectacle and fun.”

He continued: “It’s truly a unique evening in that Carnivale appeals to the senses on an entirely different level, weaving art and magic into all aspects of the night—and, ultimately, all in support of the Gallery’s art education programs for families, youth at risk and traditionally underserved audiences.”

In addition to other corporate sponsors that include: Stewart McKelvey, Lawtons, Tartan Interiors, Advocate, Grant Thornton, Telus, PCL, Westwood, Ocean Nutrition Canada, WHW Architects, Atlantic Business Interiors and DHX Media, guests for the evening will include more than 400 business and community leaders—an attractive and captive audience for a silent auction that has traditionally garnered an unusually high level of interest.

“In past years, the auction has been one of the most successful components of our annual gala,” said Sobey. “In keeping with the uniqueness of the event itself, we tend to have unexpected items in the silent auction, including remarkable trip packages and, of course, art work.”

Each year, funds raised through Carnivale AGNS help the Gallery continue to build exhibitions and deliver ambitious educational public programs bringing art and people together in Nova Scotia.

This year’s Gala Committee is chaired by Rob Sobey. Committee members are: Monique Auffrey, Tina Battcock, Mark Bursey, Rose Chedrawe, Geoff Flemming, Dean Leland, George Kapetanakis, Deanne Macleod, Jane Machum, Jill Murray, Dawn O’Neill, Christine Santimaw and John Volcko.

With one week to go, tickets are going fast to this magical Parisian night circus. Tickets are $200 each and include cocktails, cabaret style dinner, magical entertainment and dancing into the night. They are available on line at, from committee members or by calling Krista Wadman at 902-424-4862. Dress is circus formal or evening attire.
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