October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Big Bang Festival

February 17-18, 2019

A resounding 2nd edition of the Big Bang Festival!
See you next year!

On February 15, 16 and 17, excitement was in the air as enthusiastic families made their way to the National Arts Centre to discover the many sound installations and performances offered during the Big Bang Festival! Like a musical fireworks display, this event resonated throughout the building and ignited the curious ears of the crowds gathered to witness the inventive and adventurous artists from here, there and everywhere.

I sincerely hope that the celebration continues, and for a very long time! One thing is certain, we are expecting you for a 3rd edition of BIG BANGOttawa on February 13 and 14, 2021!

Mélanie Dumont, Artistic Director, and the BIG BANGteam

A flashback of the second edition of the BIG BANG Festival in Ottawa, a unique family-friendly musical adventure.

Adventures in sound for the whole family

The Listening Room

Bedazzling tricks by a stage director and lighting designer and the fine artistry of conductor Alexander Shelley and NAC Orchestra are combined with the music of Mozart to create a unique experience for the senses!

  • Video


    Ages 5-12 – We received a box containing a whole show. Anything inside this box can (and does!) become a drum! The show’s beat masters ping-pong between circus and music: buckle up for the wild ride!

  • Ages 5-12

    Music Rooms

    Ever been curious about what really goes on backstage? Well here’s your chance. Enjoy three mini concerts as you tour behind the scenes at the NAC. Are you up for the adventure?

  • Ages 5-12

    James Hill

    This ukulele virtuoso can do just about anything with his instrument. No joke! Wait till he plays a hip-hop beat with chopsticks! You would be right if you thought that James has more than one trick up his sleeve…

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Big Bang festival is produced by the National Arts Centre in collaboration with Zonzo compagnie, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa Tourism, Winterlude 2020, the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, by Donald T. Walcot and Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard.

BIG BANG Festival is a format developed and owned by Zonzo Compagnie.