Arts Alive

The stage is yours!

Arts Alive is the learning and engagement hub at Canada’s National Arts Centre, where theatre, dance, and music come alive. We invite you to check out our performances for families and schools, workshops for students, professional development events, free resources for educators and teaching artists, and more, both virtual and in-person. We’re so glad you’re here – the stage is yours!

Step into the beat at BIG BANG 2023

Get ready for the ultimate musical adventure! The BIG BANG Festival is back with a burst of colourful festivities at a joyful decibel this winter. Tickets on sale now!

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    Bring Reggae Roots to your school!

    Give your classroom a front-row seat to our video-on-demand learning series about the evolution of Jamaica’s most famous export: Reggae music.

  • Enfance/jeunesse

    The theatre doors are open again. The artists are there, full of enthusiasm, eager to welcome you and a host of other children.

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    NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program

    Play it forward! A bold and innovative new professional development initiative for talented emerging and early career professional orchestral musicians from around the world. 

Learn more from the artists

  • Video on-demand

    Enjoy encore performances, exclusive interviews and special series captured on-stage, backstage and beyond.

  • NAC Podcasts

    Power your arts obsession with exclusive interviews, insights and artistic explorations of music, theatre and dance.

  • Arts Resources

    Explore the NAC’s free performing arts resources for teachers, students, families and the public, including curriculum guides, podcasts, videos, articles and more.

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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