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A sneak peek inside the return of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

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WATCH ABOVE: After three long years, the royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is returning to Halifax with in-person performances. The tattoo was one of the first events to be cancelled when the pandemic landed in Nova Scotia, but now organizers say they're ready to welcome back the public. Graeme Benjamin gives us an inside look at what we can expect – Jun 22, 2022

After three long years, in-person performances are once again returning for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

In March 2020, when COVID-19 cases arrived in the province, the Tattoo was one of the first to announce its cancellation. It was its first cancellation in its then-42-year history.

Scott Long, managing director and executive producer for the Tattoo, says they’re ready to bring back the show the city has grown to know and love.

“It’s really exciting,” said Long.

“It’s been three years since we’ve had a Tattoo, three years since a lot of events have happened, so we couldn’t be happier.”

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Several staple acts and bands of the Tattoo will be making their return, like the Flying Grandpas, the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and the National Band of the Naval Reserve.

But several more will be making their debut, such as the German Bicycle Team and the Jordanian Armed Forces Band.

Members of the German Bike Team perform at the Scotiabank Centre ahead of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Graeme Benjamin/Global News

“We love it here in Halifax,” said Nick Lange with the German Bicycle Team. “It’s a great thing. We can also show our tricks a little different than in competitions.”

“It’s our first time in Canada,” said Omar Altahat with the Jordanian Armed Forces Band. “I’m so happy to be involved with another band.”

Members of the Jordanian Armed Forces Band perform at the Scotiabank Centre ahead of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Graeme Benjamin/Global News

Another big name making its debut is High Flyer RB3, an acrobatic group based in Quebec City. The Russian Baris adding the Tattoo to its roster, which includes appearances on America’s Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBA half-time shows and Cirque du Soleil.

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Members of High Flyer RB3 perform at the Scotiabank Centre ahead of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Long says in-person performances like these have taken a major hit since the start of the pandemic and they’re in desperate need of the public’s support.

“It’s never been more important live entertainment. In your own community, your own community concerts, your own community theatre,” he said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming people from away, live at the show again.”

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Events Nova Scotia agrees, saying they’re hopeful the Tattoo’s return will result in an economic rebound for local businesses.

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“Being able to draw in visitors from around the region and around the world … it’s a return to what we would normally have,” said Mike MacSween, senior advisor with Events Nova Scotia.

“It gets people out, it gets people into certainly downtown Halifax and exploring the city and exploring our province.”

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This year, the Tattoo will be free for those under the age of 18. The first show is Saturday night and it runs until July 2.

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