News Releases

  1. Together under the sun: Spend your summer with us at the National Arts Centre

    April 9, 2024

    Introducing the NAC's third summer programming season with exciting new offerings   April 9, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The NAC welcomes locals and visitors alike to gather 'Together under the Sun' from July 2nd to August 30th, 2024, for its third summer programming season.   Visitors are invited to enjoy interactive exhibits, music, dance, and theatre... Read more

  2. More than $24,000 awarded to young musicians at the 2024 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

    April 8, 2024

    24-year-old oboist Luca Ortolani wins the Grand Prize April 8, 2024 – OTTAWA – On Sunday, April 7, a talented group of music students aged 16 to 26, each with ties to the National Capital Region, competed for a chance to win prizes worth more than $24,000 in the 43rd annual National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. This year’s Bursary winners are: 2024 NAC... Read more

  3. Resilience and Laughter Unite in Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder

    March 28, 2024

    Gemini Award-winner Michelle Thrush unveils her life with remarkable honesty and humour in her one-woman show March 28, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder is set to grace the Azrieli Studio stage at the National Arts Centre from April 11-13, finally coming to fruition after its initial scheduling challenges. Originally slated for the 2019-2020 debut season of... Read more


    February 22, 2024

    NEWS RELEASE CELEBRATING CANADIAN TALENT: 2024 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS LAUREATES ANNOUNCED OTTAWA, February 22, 2024 – The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. The laureates of the 2024 Governor General’s Performing Arts... Read more

  5. Vástádus eana / The answer is land Takes Centre Stage at the National Arts Centre

    February 20, 2024

    Choreographer Elle Sofe Sara presents the transient beauty of Indigenous Sámi culture through dance, music, and joik February 20, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Dance and Indigenous Theatre have joined forces to present Vástádus eana / The answer is land, a production by Sámi choreographer Elle Sofe Sara. The company will grace the Babs Asper Theatre... Read more

  6. The National Arts Centre returns to the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

    February 7, 2024

    Many exciting activities are on the docket for 2024   February 7, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The NAC is pleased to be partnering with the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais for the first time since 2020, when the pandemic forced the collaboration to be put on hold. There’s a full schedule of events planned for this important cultural landmark, which will be taking... Read more

  7. Frances Končan's Women of the Fur Trade Flips the Script of Conventional Tales

    January 9, 2024

    Lively Historical Satire Launches at the NAC in a Sold-Out Co-Production with the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts JANUARY 9, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Francis Končan’s Women of the Fur Trade is a comedic and playful look at Canadian history, re-examining the narratives of Treaty 1 territory, the fur trade era, and the building of a new nation... Read more

  8. The layers and colours of an important Canadian painter's life

    December 14, 2023

    NAC French Theatre ends 2023 in style with Le projet Riopelle   Decembre 14, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Hailed by critics in Montreal and Quebec City, Le projet Riopelle, a biography in living canvases by Robert Lepage / Ex Machina, hits the stage tonight in Ottawa for four performances. Sold-out for months in advance, the show is part of a series of activities... Read more

  9. Quand tu me regardes: A theatrical dance with endless play possibilities

    December 11, 2023

    NAC French Theatre’s Enfance/jeunesse series continues with a mobile ball that will remind the whole family of the beauty of being oneself   December 11, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – What’s better, amid the frenzy of December, than taking some time off to dream together? Quand tu me regardes [When you look at me] unleashes vibrating bodies and... Read more

  10. Get Ready for a Breakout Hit! Showstopping Musical Prison Dancer takes over the NAC in November

    November 9, 2023

    GET READY FOR A BREAKOUT HIT! SHOWSTOPPING MUSICAL PRISON DANCER TAKES OVER THE NAC IN NOVEMBER   All-Filipino musical marks Nina Lee Aquino’s first directed production as Artistic Director November 9, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada). In 2007, a video featuring 1,500 inmates in a Filipino prison dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller was uploaded to YouTube, quickly becoming one of... Read more