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Event Schedule

  • 7:30 pm
  • October 30, 2016
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • General admission: $35
  • Tickets
  • Nova Scotia Exports
  • How are Nova Scotians taking their best ideas out into the larger world? How does the physical and cultural space of Nova Scotia incubate ideas and projects, and how do these ideas interact with the rest of the world? Spur  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 30, 2016
  • King's College - KTS Hall, New Academic Building
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Walking Tour of Lebanese Contributions to Halifax
  •   This walk will begin in front of the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. Look out for the Spur banner! For decades, Lebanese immigrants to Halifax have fundamentally shaped the city’s architectural identity. Buildings that shape our perception  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • October 30, 2016
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • 9:30 am
  • October 30, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library 5th Floor
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Film Screening: Fanarchy, The Fan Film Revolution
  •   Fanarchy delves into the world of amateur-made films that play in the shadow of Hollywood’s greatest creations. These films are inspired by existing films, tv programs, or comic books and are created by fans rather than the source’s copyright  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Post-Truth Politics
  • Fact-based politicking is dead. Donald Trump’s presidential bid has all but established this fact. Relying on bombastic soundbites, outright lies, and all manner of allegation and hyperbole, his campaign has swung wildly from an unsettling joke to a strong candidacy . . .

  • 4:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Our Shared History
  • Movements are cropping up worldwide to re-evaluate our reverence of foundational figures (such as Oxford University’s Cecil Rhodes and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson) whose legacies have been edited, their accomplishments lauded and the racist, sexist, and otherwise prejudiced motivations and repercussions  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • The Process of Progress
  • In order to create the progressive, inclusive communities we want to live
    in, we first need to define how change happens and create a process for progress. In this age of fast-spreading, far reaching information, it’s easy to feel like  . . .

  • 11:00 am
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Central Library - O'Regan Hall
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Shambhala Mindfulness Session, with Michael Chender
  • Michael Chender, a Shambhala community member and experienced teacher of how to marry insight to action and act, as well as think, wisely, explains the history and significance of the Buddhist presence in Halifax. A walking tour of the city  . . .

  • 9:30 am
  • October 29, 2016
  • Halifax Shambhala Centre
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Can the Liberal Arts Save Society?
  • Our cost of living is soaring, technological advances shine a light on the sciences, and our arts & culture sector seems stuck in peril: it is no shock that fewer and fewer young people looking to pursue a post-secondary education  . . .

  • 7:00 pm
  • October 28, 2016
  • King's College - KTS Hall, New Academic Building
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Hummus! The Movie
  • In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council, Spur is pleased to kick off its inaugural Halifax festival with a screening of Hummus! The Movie. An eclectic, touching film about hummus, the delicious superfood sweeping
    across America. Secret recipes, a  . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • October 28, 2016
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Spur Halifax 2016
  • General admission: $5
  • Tickets

Speakers, Performers, and Moderators


RBC Emerging Scholars

The RBC Emerging Scholars Program is an opportunity for 100 young Canadians (aged 18–30) across the country to contribute to a national conversation on politics, art and ideas by enjoying and contributing to the inclusive and intellectually vibrant atmosphere of Spur Festival. Learn more

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