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National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, 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 – and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation. Named after the National Art Centre’s founding general director, G. Hamilton Southam, the largest and most majestic of their four performance halls is Southam Hall. Home to the NAC Orchestra, it’s an ideal venue to support large-scale productions for a variety of performances and events. The Babs Asper Theatre is the NAC’s second-largest performance space, and the main venue for the NAC’s premier theatrical productions and contemporary dance performances. The design of the theatre’s technical system makes it an ideal setting for all types of musical concerts – from intimate chamber ensembles to jazz, rock and pop. The Azrieli Studio was engineered as a black box space, allowing for a more versatile theatrical experience. A variety of performances are presented in this studio, from contemporary theatre to adventurous dance performances to popular concerts. It is also used for corporate seminars and presentations. The National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage is the most intimate. Exceptional sound and lighting, as well as cabaret seating, offer audiences an arms-length viewing experience. Every year, the Fourth Stage hosts hundreds of emerging music concerts, speakers and community events. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this complex and fascinating site through their virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario


Year built: 1969
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

National Arts Centre 1 Elgin Street