News Releases

  1. National Arts Centre Compost Program to Divert 500,000 Food and Drink Containers from Landfill Annually

    May 9, 2019

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, today unveiled an innovative program that will introduce plant-based food and drink containers and transform them into rich compost to be put into herb gardens at the NAC. The move will divert 500,000 containers from the landfill... Read more

  2. OUR STORIES ARE MEDICINE: CANADA’S NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE UNVEILS INAUGURAL SEASON OF WORLD’S FIRST NATIONAL INDIGENOUS THEATRE

    April 30, 2019

    Season Celebrates Resilience of Indigenous Women and Features More than 10 Indigenous Languages OTTAWA (Canada)  – Canada’s National Arts Centre today unveiled details of the inaugural season of the first national Indigenous Theatre department in the world. The season will celebrate Indigenous women’s resilience, strength and beauty, with 9 productions out of 11... Read more

  3. WORLD-PREMIERE: NAC ORCHESTRA COMMISSIONS NEW WORK BY LEGENDARY CANADIAN HOWARD SHORE

    April 30, 2019

    Howard Shore’s The Forest: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra will receive its world premiere on May 1st, 2019 in a performance by guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley. April 30th, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – On May 1st 2019, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform the World-Premiere of a new NAC commission, The Forest: Concerto for... Read more

  4. NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES FREE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE AND NAC ORCHESTRA CONCERT ON JUNE 2

    April 26, 2019

    Backstage tour, choir, dance and theatre workshops, exhibitions and pop-up performances April 26, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – On Sunday, June 2, 2019 – the day of the National Arts Centre’s 50th anniversary – the NAC is inviting Canadians to a free Open House that will feature the largest public access to the NAC’s backstage in 25 years, music, theatre and dance... Read more

  5. NAC English Theatre Presents BETWEEN BREATHS by Robert Chafe May 7 - 18 Azrieli Studio

    April 25, 2019

    News Release NAC English Theatre Presentation Between Breaths By Robert Chafe Music composed and arranged by The Once Directed by Jillian Keiley An Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s) Production May 7 - 18, 2019 April 25, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “Between Breaths is breathtaking.” – The Telegram In the final moments of his extraordinary life, east... Read more

  6. NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA EMBARKS ON MAJOR EUROPEAN TOUR IN CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    April 17, 2019

    April 17, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the leadership of Alexander Shelley is embarking on a European tour in May 2019. CROSSINGS: the NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary European Tour will feature concerts and collaborative community outreach events in 7 cities and 5 countries: London, Paris, Utrecht, Copenhagen,... Read more

  7. THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE 2019 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IN DIRECTING

    April 8, 2019

    April 8, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The Siminovitch Prize and the National Arts Centre today announced a call for nominations for Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. The Siminovitch Prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Dr. Lou Siminovitch and the late Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright. The Siminovitch... Read more

  8. NAC English Theatre presents THE PIGEON KING. April 24 - May 5, 2019

    April 5, 2019

    News Release NAC English Theatre presentation The Pigeon King by REBECCA AUERBACH, JASON CHESWORTH, GIL GARRATT, GEORGE MEANWELL, J.D. NICHOLSEN, GEMMA JAMES SMITH, BIRGITTE SOLEM and SEVERN THOMPSON Directed by SEVERN THOMPSON A Blyth Festival Production April 24 – May 5, 2019 April 5, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “The Pigeon King soars…a great experience that... Read more

  9. LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL RETURNS TO THE NAC WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ITS GISELLE

    March 28, 2019

    March 28, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Dance is pleased to welcome Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal back to Ottawa with the world premiere of its Giselle, adapted by recently appointed Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari. This new production explores the full range and complexities of human emotions – love and innocence, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped in the... Read more

  10. MORE THAN $20,000 AWARDED TO YOUNG MUSICIANS AT THE 2019 NAC ORCHESTRA BURSARY COMPETITION

    March 27, 2019

    OTTAWA, March 27, 2019 — On March 25, at 2:00 p.m. music students aged 16-24 from the National Capital Region competed for a chance to win prizes worth more than $20,000 in the 39th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. This year’s winners are: 2019 NAC Orchestra Bursary ($7,000) – Thalia Navas, bassoon Crabtree Foundation Award ($5,000)... Read more

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