May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Learn and Engage

The National Arts Centre's Arts Alive provides outstanding programming and resources to help young people engage in the arts, including many free resources. Virtual workshops and performances from inspiring Canadian artists, pre-professional artist training and engaging free resources - it's all here. Whether you are in the classroom, at home with children, or preparing for a professional career as an artist, the National Arts Centre can help you bring the performing arts alive.

Current Programs

  • MusicFest Canada: The Nationals

    May 24-29, 2021

      Grade 6-12 Ages 12-19

    The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the … read more

  • Institute for Orchestral Studies

    with the NAC Orchestra

      University, undergraduate/graduate Ages 19+

    Apprentice as a string musician with the world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS); find out what’s involved and apply! … read more

  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

      Secondary, Post-secondary Ages 16+

    The prime objective of the competition is to encourage the pursuit of excellence on the part of young instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition … read more

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