National Arts Centre - February Events

February 6, 2024

Winter is in full swing in the capital, but you can warm up with us! Celebrate Black History Month with dynamic programming in theatre, dance and music. Join us for our first ever NAC Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Come back for family fun at Spirit Horse Returns, BIG BANG Festival, and Broadway’s Frozen. Have your say at our annual public meeting. Everyone is welcome at the NAC! 

Hip Hop Culture Takes Centre Stage! 

Tickets start at $15.

The NAC is bringing hip hop and theatre together, as the inaugural NAC Hip Hop Theatre Festival takes centre stage.    

The Festival will host ten events over 11 days, featuring two concerts from Popular Music and Variety’s Fridays At The Fourth series, two free panels, and the spoken word presentation The Old Black Maple will hold two performances, including the second Black Out Night for English Theatre in 2023-2024.  

Performances will encompass staged readings, panels, concerts, and virtual events, closing with the powerful rap battle Cold Heat, all aimed at broadening our perspective on how we view and experience theatre at its core.  

Hip Hop and theatre artist Sébastien Heins wears sunglasses and chunky gold necklaces.

The Spirit Horse Returns

February 11

Travel through time with Indigenous knowledge keeper, Jodi Contin, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, sharing stories of the "small horses of the deep woods." Learn about the historical and cultural role of the Ojibwe horses, serving as traditional helpers and spirit guides for First Nations and Métis-Chippewa people.

Featuring songwriter Jodi Contin, writer/performer Ken MacDonald, and the visual artistry of Rhonda Snow, conductor Naomi Woo guides the orchestra through a narrative unfolding the history of Ojibwe horses and their cultural significance amidst events like the Gold Rush and Pony Express.  

The Spirit Horse Returns is an age-appropriate exploration of truth and reconciliation. It blends a rich orchestral score, delightful songs, and traditional teachings. 

Colourful Indigenous artwork of a horse, on a green background

Family Fun Ahead - The Big Bang Festival

Beat the drums and sound the trumpets: the BIG BANG Festival is set to return Family Day weekend.

The NAC will be booming with performances and activities perfect for kids and their families during this two-day festival of sonic adventures, February 17-18.

From interactive sound installations to the return of the famous singing plants, there are lots of activities to bring joy and wonder to young and old alike.

A musical creature appears in green on a bright pink background, alongside the BIG BANG logo.

Disney's Frozen

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Broadway Across Canada brings this Tony®-nominated Best Musical to our stage from February 22 til March 3.

Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving", FROZEN features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters.

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical. It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. 

Broadway performer Caroline Bowman appears on stage as Elsa in the musical FROZEN, surrounded by icicles.