Nova Scotians and Bostonians anxiously await the lighting of the tree for Boston taking place Thursday, Nov. 29, on Boston Common.
“Nova Scotia will never forget the support the city of Boston provided after the Halifax Explosion, and to say thank you, the province has given the annual gift of a beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree,” said Deputy Premier Karen Casey on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our relationship with Boston remains strong and continues to grow in new ways.”
The tree-lighting ceremony will broadcast on WCVB, an ABC affiliate, to an audience of more than 200,000 viewers and another 20,000 watch the show live on Boston Common.
“Our Christmas tree lighting is more than a holiday event, it is a celebration of the lasting bond of friendship between our city and Nova Scotia,” said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. “Thanks to Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson for providing this gift which is the centerpiece of Boston Common to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”
Leading up to the ceremony, Deputy Premier Casey has partnered with Craft Alliance to lead a culture export mission. This mission will further explore international business opportunities and showcase Nova Scotia educational institutions to the people of Boston.
Twelve culture mission participants including five craft producers, three craft sector association representatives, and key staff representing Nova Scotian based national historic sites, museum and cultural institutions are attending.
“This is a great opportunity for craft makers to learn from industry professionals in the museum sector about creating handcrafted cultural products that resonate with those museums,” said Bernie Burton, executive director Craft Alliance Atlantic Association. “There are opportunities in producing museum quality reproductions, in collaborating on museum exhibitions and in creating unique products for wholesale and export.”
Government has also partnered with Music Nova Scotia to showcase Nova Scotian artists to the New England market.
Driving awareness and economic growth of the culture sector aligns with Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community themes. More information is available at https://novascotia.ca/culture.