Big Bang Festival

February 17-18, 2019

The Big Bang Festival returns for another year... and it will blow your socks off!
For 5–12 year-olds... and the curious kid in everyone

Get ready: the Big Bang is back and it will transform the NAC into a joyful musical maze, full of adventures in sound to explore. Thrilling activities, festive concerts, surprise performances and strange sound machines in every corner of the building promise to be a feast for your eyes and your ears. Bring your family, grab your friends and get ready for a unique experience of colour and sound, sure to burst you out of those winter blues!

Psst! Certain performances and activities are also presented on Saturday February 15!


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…

Free activities

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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.