Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council congratulate Koumbie who has been selected to receive a 2023 Emerging Artist Recognition Award.

Koumbie Headshot
Photo credit: James Arthur Maclean



Koumbie (she/they) is an actor, director, writer and producer based in Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including; Mr. D, Studio Black, Diggstown, and Moonshine. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, and the Bluenose Ability Best Short winner Horizontal Concavity. Her 2022 debut feature film Bystanders premiered at AIFF where it took home the Best Atlantic Script Award. In 2023 Bystanders had a successful theatrical release, opening in multiple major cities across Canada. Koumbie’s passion for equity, safety and inclusion led them to become one of the first Intimacy Coordinators in Atlantic Canada.

IG: @koumbie

About the Award

The Emerging Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists of any age who are in the early stages of their professional career, have completed specialized training, and have presented their work publicly. Age is not a determining factor. 

The awards help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community. 

The Artist Recognition Awards are presented annually at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, the award carries a cash value of $5,000.

It is an award of recognition and may be used by the recipient for any purpose.

The prize will be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards on November 3, 2023.