Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the public opening of the new NAC

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Join us for the grand re-opening of the NAC on July 1, 2017 © Joignez-vous à nous pour l’inauguration du CNA le 1er juillet 2017

Imagine 150 people lining Elgin Street, a bright ribbon in their hands.  On cue, they’ll cut the ribbon, officially opening the NAC’s brand new entrance.

This ceremony will be the first of many events taking place on July 1, 2017 at the NAC.  Dignitaries, well-known Canadians and special guests will help us celebrate and we are inviting our generous supporters to be with us too.

“Everyone will be welcomed into the NAC where they’ll find children’s activities, performances, dance workshops and music,” says Rosemary Thompson, Director of Communications for the NAC.  “There will be two free concerts by the NAC Orchestra, hosted by extraordinary Canadian, Chantal Petitclerc.  It’s going to be a really special day.”

There will be much to do at the NAC on July 1 but perhaps the biggest highlight of the day will be your first look at the stunning changes to the NAC.  “On behalf of those of us who have had the benefit of walking through the new spaces I can say they are truly spectacular,” says Rosemary.

Inside the new space, guests will be treated to a performance by Indigenous artists.  A choir of 100 singers will perform from the beautiful new staircase, and a dance performance, representing the four corners of Canada, will capture hearts in the new Atrium with its breathtaking view of the Capital.

As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th along with the opening of this exciting new chapter in the NAC’s history, it’s important to recognize the generosity of our donors. 

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the last 48 years,” says Rosemary.  “The donor community has made so much of what makes the NAC great possible. You’ve also gotten behind our new building and I encourage you to come and see it for yourself.”

 For more information about our Canada Day programming, please visit our website.

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