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  1. A DIFFERENT FORMAT FOR THE BIG BANG FESTIVAL

    February 19, 2022

    Ottawa, January 19, 2022 – In light of the current health situation, the BIG BANG festival will be going digital with part of its scheduled programming on February 19 and 20. It is with regret that the National Arts Centre team has made the decision not to hold in-person performances for this annual family sound adventure. The entire team is currently working to reschedule the... Read more

  2. A FOURTH BIG BANG FESTIVAL, IN SOUND AND IN PERSON, FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

    December 8, 2021

    Ottawa, December 8, 2021 — Beat the drums and sound the trumpets: the BIG BANG is returning to the NAC, live and in colour! After an all-digital 2021 edition, the vibrant festival of sonic adventures for the whole family promises once again to fill every nook and cranny of the NAC with sound. “What a joy it is to welcome children and their families back to the... Read more

  3. THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES WINTER PROGRAMMING FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

    October 26, 2021

    THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES WINTER PROGRAMMING FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON Tickets for shows running from December through winter go on sale October 28    OCTOBER 26, 2021 – OTTAWA, CANADA – After successfully re-opening for in-person performances over the fall, the National Arts Centre announced today that more dynamic and diverse programming, including... Read more

  4. THE NAC ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2021-2022 SEASON PROGRAMMING FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2021

    August 20, 2021

    Featuring beloved classics and collaborations with diverse artists from singer-songwriter Shawnee Kish to composer Vivian Fung  The National Arts Centre Orchestra is ready to welcome live audiences back in the hall after an unprecedented year filled with obstacles, bringing a whole new perspective to live performances. The NAC Orchestra is coming alive in a new light, taking... Read more

  5. THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE WELCOMES ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES BACK TO LIVE PERFORMANCES

    August 19, 2021

    THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE WELCOMES ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES BACK TO LIVE PERFORMANCES  The NAC (re)awakens that live performance feeling as tickets for fall and selected other performances go on sale today AUGUST 19, 2021 – OTTAWA, CANADA – The National Arts Centre today launches the 2021-2022 season and announces ticket sales for in-person programming... Read more

  6. MORE THAN $21,000 AWARDED TO YOUNG MUSICIANS AT THE 2021 NAC ORCHESTRA VIRTUAL BURSARY COMPETITION

    May 31, 2021

    On Saturday, May 29, at 2 p.m., music students aged 16-27 from the National Capital Region competed for a chance to win prizes worth more than $21,000 in the 40th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition was postponed to 2021 when it was held in a virtual format for the very first time. This year’s winners are:... Read more

  7. NAC LAUNCHES “FREE REIN” A SUMMER ARTISTIC RESIDENCY PROGRAM TO SUPPORT RENEWAL OF CANADIAN PERFORMING ARTS SECTOR

    May 27, 2021

    OTTAWA, CANADA – From June 1 – August 31, 2021 more than 30 Canadian artists will participate in the National Arts Centre (NAC) ’s summer artistic residency program "Free Rein," a new three-month-long initiative in support of the renewal of the Canadian performing arts sector. The Artistic Residencies will enable the development of new artistic creations and enable... Read more

  8. NAC Celebrates the Holidays With Livestreamed and In-person Performances from Venues Across Canada

    December 1, 2020

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today released its December lineup of live and online performances and events. This holiday season features many livestreamed shows from venues around the country in addition to live in-person performances from the NAC. The NAC began a gradual return to live performances on its stages in early September, closely following public health guidelines. DECEMBER... Read more

  9. National Arts Centre November Lineup Includes Livestreamed Performances From Venues Across Canada

    November 3, 2020

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced its November lineup of live and online performances and events. This month features many livestreamed shows from the NAC in Ottawa, as well as from venues around the country. The NAC began a gradual return to live performances on its stages in early September, closely following public health guidelines. For now, audiences can watch... Read more

  10. NACO LIVE: THE NACO ORCHESTRA PRESENTS A NEW SERIES OF LIVE-STREAMED CONCERTS FROM SOUTHAM HALL

    October 28, 2020

    After a few months of uncertainty, NACO is thrilled to be back and to return safely to the stage as a full ensemble. Over the next few weeks, the Orchestra will livestream—for the first time in its history—concerts directly from Southam Hall. NACO Live will feature contemporary classics and hidden gems, and highlight the brilliance of our guest soloists from CBC’s 30 hot Canadian... Read more

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