It's Culture Days at the National Arts Centre this Sunday, September 28

September 23, 2014 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Backstage visits, karaoke, theatre and dance workshops, puppetry, classical music, and visual arts highlight the 2014 edition of Culture Days at the National Arts Centre on Sunday September 28 from noon. to 4 p.m.  All events are free, bilingual, available on a drop-in basis, and open to all ages except where noted. 

Backstage visits
Noon to 4 p.m.
Enter from Southam Hall Foyer
See the National Arts Centre backstage areas like you’ve never seen them before: up-close and personal! You’ll have access to the NAC stages, dressing rooms, backstage corridors and set-building shops in a self-guided tour.

Développé – photography exhibit
Theatre Foyer
Noon to 4 p.m.
A collaboration pairing emerging photographers from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and dancers at the 2014 Canada Dance Festival.  Presented with the generous support of the NAC and Patrick Gordon Framing.

Photography Workshop
Noon to 4 p.m.
Bring your camera and learn to shoot dancers in motion with professional photographer and instructor Greg Zenha.  This workshop is held in partnership with the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.

Introduction to printmaking
Noon to 4 p.m.
Print your own poster with guest artist Guillermo Trejo from the Ottawa School of Art.

Music for Young Children                
Noon to 4 pm
Music for Young Children's multi-sensory approach to musical learning makes piano lessons fun!  It's the ideal way to learn to play!  Come, find out more and try our interactive activities with musical instruments of all kinds!

Circus Workshops
Noon to 1 p.m.
2 to 3 p.m.
Ages 6+
Discover the basics of juggling with artists from CRÉATIONS IN VIVO. With a playful approach based on group and individual exercises, you’ll work with balls, rings and flower sticks, and learn the rudiments of diabolo juggling and dish spinning.

Dance Workshops
Southam Hall Stage
Noon to 12:50 p.m. Hip Hop         
1 to 1:50 p.m. Bollywood                         
2 to 2:50 p.m. Jazz  
3 to 4 p.m. Contemporary Dance with Sylvie Desrosiers, Director of The School of Dance

Contemporary Dance Programme         
It’s never too late to learn how to dance!  Come and join us for an intro to dance, where you will learn different dance styles from some of Ottawa’s best dance teachers. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE required; bring comfortable clothes to move in and your dancing feet!

Live Band Karaoke
Fourth Stage
1 to 4 p.m.
You’re the star in this version of karaoke where you’ll be accompanied by a live band of top-notch Ottawa musicians! Choose your favourite selection of jazz standards, musical theatre hits, rock classics, old favorites or kids’ tunes and sing your heart out in the cozy atmosphere of the Fourth Stage cabaret.

Theatre Workshops
1 to 2 p.m.
3 to 4 p.m.
in English
Get ready to jump start your creativity! Whether you want to start an acting career or just improve your communication skills, join the Ottawa Acting Company’s Chris Ralph and John Muggleton for a fun hour of basic tricks and techniques of the craft. You’ll learn all about risk-taking, character building and expressiveness. Who knows – you might even catch the acting bug!

Atelier de marionettes
Panorama Room
1 to 2 p.m.
3 to 4 p.m.
Ages 3+
in French
In this workshop for children led by Karine Sauvé, her comical, zany puppets spring to life in their hands. Using simple, original exercises, their imaginations and creativity are given free rein as they animate marionnettes that soon become lively, dynamic characters.

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal
3 to 4 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall B
Take a sneak peak at the rehearsal work of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Watch David Currie conduct the string section of the orchestra to prepare their upcoming concert.


Carl Martin

National Arts Centre

613 947-7000 x560

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