Kipnes Lantern

The Kipnes Lantern is the signature feature of the National Arts Centre’s architectural rejuvenation. Rising dramatically above the NAC’s new front entrance, the five story glass tower incorporates cutting-edge transparent LED screens to display stunning images of Canada’s leading artists and productions.

Recent projects

  • Eloge-chiac-disco mathieu-dionne

    Éloge du Chiac Disco

    The Kipnes Lantern takes on a distinctly Acadian flair for Mois de la Francophonie and Lisa LeBlanc’s collaboration with the NAC Orchestra After Lisa LeBlanc’s latest...

  • Jungle book still monkeys

    Akram Khan’s Jungle Book reimagined

    The Kipnes Lantern comes alive with stunning animations created by YeastCulture for Akram Khan’s Jungle Book reimagined. Producing the visual story to support Jungle Book reimagined — coming...

  • Genetikos ii-card

    Genetikos II

    In June and August 2023, Richard Heikkilä-Sawan’s artwork, Genetikos II, was featured on the Kipnes Lantern to celebrate National Indigenous History Month and Pride.  Richard Heikkilä-Sawan is a Two-Spirit...

The Kipnes Family

The Kipnes Family

Programming on the Kipnes Lantern is made possible thanks to a transformational gift of $5 million from Dr. Dianne Kipnes and Mr. Irving Kipnes of Edmonton. Dr. Kipnes completed nine years of service as a Director of the NAC Foundation in early 2017. She and her husband are leading philanthropists and have made generous gifts to the arts, health care, education and social services over many years.