The North End Business Association (NEBA) , in partnership with several organizations in North End Halifax, is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the naming of the Gottingen area. Gottingen 250 celebrates 1764, the year the German settlers of Halifax’s North End petitioned the Governor in Council to rename the near north suburbs of the Halifax settlement known as a sort of homage to the British monarch of the time, George II, who was of German ancestry, descended from the Gottingen line. He founded Gottingen University in 1734.
This is a notable event in the evolution of Halifax and one of the first incidents of democratic government in Canada. The 250th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the special and significant history of the North End Halifax, including its diversity, heritage, culture, legacy and community.
The celebration begins Tuesday September 9 at 10:00am with the launch of a week long, special event FM Radio broadcast.
September 11th-14th Gottingen will be alive with music, art and heritage events. Indoor events on Thursday and Friday night will span theatre, music, history and education.
The main event will begin Saturday, September 13th – an outdoor stage will be erected at 2183 Gottingen (oriented towards Maitland Street) and Maitland Street will be closed for the whole day.
Music from a number of cultures and groups will fill the air, and an open air market featuring hot and cold food vendors, crafters, food trucks, and local entrepreneurs will be established. As well, the grassy area of St. Patrick’s Alexandria will be used for programming oriented for children and families.
Sunday, September 14th will feature an outdoor multi-denominational service, followed by a pig roast and community barbecue.