Picture of BIG BANG Festival 2020

The name says it all: BIG BANG is an explosion of fun for the whole family! Every year, in February, this music festival transforms the NAC into a joyful maze, full of adventures and explorations in sound. Inventive concerts, surprise performances and strange sound machines in every corner will blow you away and surely beat those winter blues!

Already a fixture in Europe, the BIG BANG generates a lot of buzz in Ottawa, the first North American city to host this one-of-a-kind event.

A production by the National Arts Centre in coproduction with Zonzo Compagnie - with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa Tourism, Winterlude, Donald T. Walcot and Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


Mélanie Dumont | Associate Artistic Director, NAC French Theatre
Wouter Van Looy | Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie

About the National Arts Centre

Canada is our stage.

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, commissions, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams —the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety. The NAC is located in the National Capital region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe nation.

About the venue

The National Arts Centre raised its curtain for the first time in 1969. Situated in downtown Ottawa, near Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, the NAC has four performance halls — Southam Hall (2,065 seats), Babs Asper Theatre (897 seats), Azrieli Studio (300 seats) and Fourth Stage (150 seats) — and acts as a catalyst for Canada’s most creative artists. Rejuvenated in 2017, the new NAC includes improved performing spaces, bright public areas that are accessible and welcoming to all, and that offer a variety of free programming and events.