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  1. On its 50th Anniversary Thousands of Canadians made the NAC their stage

    June 3, 2019

    On Sunday, June 2, 2019 the National Arts Centre celebrated its 50th Anniversary by welcoming thousands of Canadians to its free 50th Anniversary open house. This momentous occasion provided a rare look at the magic of the backstage, lively workshops in theatre and dance, free performances by Canadian artists, and family activities throughout the NAC’s public spaces. This unique event was in... Read more

  2. THE NEW NAC ANNUAL REPORT DETAILS EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF RENEWAL AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

    May 10, 2019

    NAC releases digital annual report for first time   OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre’s 2017–2018 annual report, entitled The New NAC, was tabled in Parliament last week. The report documents an extraordinary year of renewal, not only of the NAC building, but also the entire institution. In addition, for the first time in its history, the NAC Annual Report... Read more

  3. NAC Marks the End of the First World War Anniversary with Concerts, Free Events, Digital Displays

    November 1, 2018

    As Canadians commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and remember the Canadian soldiers who fought and were killed in that terrible conflict, the National Arts Centre will offer solemn performances, free public events and displays of stunning digital images on and leading up to Remembrance Day. These events represent a coda to the NAC’s First World War centennial... Read more

  4. NAC to Unveil First New Usher Uniform Design Since 1988

    September 27, 2018

    On October 3, at the National Arts Centre Gala featuring Diana Ross, NAC ushers will be wearing a new uniform for the first time in 30 years. Designed by renowned Canadian fashion designer Shawn Hewson of Bustle Clothing, the new uniform is stylish, contemporary and comfortable. Charcoal grey with accents of black and NAC purple, it includes a custom-designed shirt with a subtle motif that... Read more

  5. National Arts Centre Extends Alexander Shelley's Contract to 2023

    September 6, 2018

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) announced today that Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, has agreed to extend his contract for four years, from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2023. Since Mr. Shelley joined the NAC as Music Director in 2015, the Orchestra has strengthened its national role and focus on Canadian creation and artists, in addition to receiving... Read more

  6. NAC Lifts the Curtain on Performance Hall Upgrades, Including Stunning New Orchestra Shell

    September 6, 2018

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today lifted the curtain on dramatic production upgrades in its performance spaces, including a stunning new orchestra shell in its signature Southam Hall venue. These upgrades are part of the Production Renewal Project, a $114.9 million investment by the Government of Canada since 2014. Much of the NAC’s aging electrical and theatrical equipment has now been... Read more

  7. NAC Flag Flies at Half-mast in Honour of Canadian Theatre Icon Albert Millaire

    August 15, 2018

    The National Arts Centre mourns the loss of award-winning actor and director Albert Millaire. He was 83. Mr. Millaire had a significant impact on the cultural life of Canada, having received their country’s highest distinction in the performing arts, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. The National Arts Centre’s flag will fly at... Read more

  8. WORK OF RENOWNED MÉTIS ARTIST CHRISTI BELCOURT TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE KIPNES LANTERN ON NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY ON JUNE 21

    June 20, 2018

    Media Advisory WORK OF RENOWNED MÉTIS ARTIST CHRISTI BELCOURT TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE LANTERN ON NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY ON JUNE 21 OTTAWA – National Arts Centre will celebrate the culture and heritage of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples by showcasing digital images of the stunning work of award-winning Michif (Métis) visual artist Christi... Read more

  9. National Arts Centre Announces First Projects to Receive National Creation Fund Investments

    June 14, 2018

    June 14, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre today announced the first nine projects that will be receiving investments totaling $1.4 million from the National Creation Fund, a new initiative that supports the development of bold and ambitious Canadian work in music, theatre, dance and inter-disciplinary performing arts. The projects are: Eve 2050 (Van Grimde Corps... Read more

  10. Christopher Deacon Named New President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Centre

    June 12, 2018

    June 12, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – After an extensive national search that began in November 2017, the Board of Trustees of the National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced Christopher Deacon as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective immediately. He succeeds Peter Herrndorf who stepped down from the position on June 2, 2018. Christopher Deacon, 59,... Read more

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