February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Relive the Excitement of the NAC Opening in 1969

The opening of the National Arts Centre in 1969 was a source of great pride for Canada and the Nation’s Capital. More than 40,000 people came to visit the building during an open house on May 30th. On June 2nd, some of Canada’s political and cultural icons were part of the sold-out audience at the opening night gala. Relive the excitement of the NAC opening through a mashup of two documentaries produced by CBC/Radio-Canada. See if you can catch a glimpse of some of these notable personalities: Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, writer Robertson Davies, legendary actress Denise Filiatrault, NAC founding director general Hamilton Southam, NAC architect Fred Lebensold, the New York Times’ legendary culture critic, Clive Barnes, and renowned Canadian actor (and host) Bruno Gerussi. Enjoy.