September 2, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

BIG BANG: An Incredible Celebration of Music

One of our young ambassadors, Sébastien Cimpaye, during the recording of radio BIG BANG. © Photo: Jonathan Lorange

Thanks to generous donors like you, thousands of children from across the country were transported on a magical, musical adventure from the comfort of their homes the weekend of February 13 and 14 during the BIG BANG festival. This year BIG BANG’s Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, Youth Programming for NAC French Theatre, Mélanie Dumont, and Belgium’s Zonzo Compagnie—BIG BANG’s creator—presented the first-ever virtual edition of this bilingual festival.

To help children and their families prepare for the free weekend festivities, the BIG BANG team mailed 1,000 festival kits to participants’ homes. Each kit contained a crown to decorate, crafts to assemble, creatures to colour, and more. BIG BANG essentials were also available for download from the NAC website.

Five BIG BANG ambassadors between the ages of 11 and 14 shone as radio hosts: they offered wacky features and interviews; introduced performances by various artists; and shared offbeat musical trivia. Other highlights included a masquerade ball (where extraordinary costumes took centre stage) and a futuristic robot dance party.

Anne-Marie Guilmaine, mother of 5 year-old Siméon, enthused, “The living room became a ballroom, a dance floor or the backstage area for mysterious music rooms thanks to Mélanie Dumont’s incredible talent and creativity!  Thank you for these magical moments, and thanks to all the artists who stole our hearts and our ears!”

And from all of us at the NAC Foundation, a big thanks to you, our wonderful supporters, for helping us bring a weekend of discovery and joy to so many families!

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