About Big Bang Festival

© Jonathan Lorange

BIG BANG is a one-of-a-kind festival of musical adventures. It invites children and their families on a colourful journey featuring a rich array of sound concepts whose diversity and originality make the festival a hit wherever it goes. Already a fixture in a dozen European cities, BIG BANG was a huge success in Ottawa, the first North American city to host this high-profile event.

BIG BANG festival started over 20 years ago, when the it was launched in Ghent, Belgium. Titled Oorsmeer, meaning “ear oil”, it brought together innovative artists, unique sound installations, and a large and enthusiastic audience eager for new experiences. Renamed BIG BANG in 2010, the festival is now held in various locations all over Europe: from Tallinn to Lisbon, from Antwerp to Athens, from Seville to Dublin, from Lille to Enschede by way of Ghent, Brussels, Rouen, and soon Reykjavik and Rennes.

BIG BANG’s identity and dynamism are based on the concept developed by Zonzo Compagnie, which has been the driving force and catalyst behind the festival since the beginning of the adventure. The programming of each edition of BIG BANG is developed in close collaboration with Wouter Van Looy, the festival’s founder, artistic director of Zonzo Compagnie, and stage director.  He has created unique stage experiences that shed a whole new light on such composers as John Cage (Listen to the Silence) and Miles Davis (Mile(s)tones) – this creative and slick concert was seen last year during the NAC’s first Big Bang Festival...

For its first two editions in Ottawa, the BIG BANG occupied the entire NAC building, happily invading every nook and cranny with resounding performances, and attracting more than 8,000 visitors on each occasion. 


  • Artistic Director

    Mélanie Dumont

  • Programming Consultants

    Geneviève Cimon, Heather Gibson, Marilena Gaudio

  • Producer

    Robert Gagné

  • Associate Producer

    Annick Huard

  • Communication Strategist

    Camylle Gauthier-Trépanier

  • Marketing Strategist

    Eleri Evans 

  • Social Media Strategist

    Mathieu Roy

  • Technical Director

    Élise Lefebvre

  • Production assistant

    Alexie Lalonde-Steedman

  • Sets

    Noémie Avidar 

  • Mediator for the Ambassadors

    Marie-Ève Fontaine

  • Assistance with coordination

    Xavier Forget, Natasha Harwood, Kelly Racicot, Stefanie Séguin 

  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Élyse Gauthier

  • Digital team

    Josée Charbonneau, David Leclerc, Stéphanie Paiement, David Ramalho, Marnie Richardson, Sarah Marshall, Martine Cormier, Patrick Fournier, Aaron Bihari, Julie-Anne Madore, Dany Pépin, Carey Van Eden and Jason Westerlund

  • Translation

    Laurence Robert and Diana Tyndale

  • Box Office

    Diane Larose and Shauna-Leigh Johnstone

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The Big Bang Festival is presented by the National Arts Centre in collaboration with Zonzo compagnie, with the support of the European Union's Creative Europe programme.

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

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