Third time is charming: Big Bang is back at the NAC

You can experience Kid Koala's Robot House Party as part of this year's virtual Big Bang Festival.

On Feb. 13 and 14, the Big Bang festival returns to the National Arts Centre for the third year. This time, however COVID rules require that the festival be a virtual experience. But that’s OK, there’s lots for the family to enjoy from mini concerts, online radio, interactive dance parties, a podcast and playlists.

The programming is free and available online @ Programming is intended for ages 5 10 12 and beyond.

Here’s the lineup:

Big Bang Radio

A full hour of bilingual radio of wacky features and interviews along with performances by artists of all kinds and answers to questions about music and sound. Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.

Zoomé Décalé (In collaboration with the Mois Multi)

DJ Sixtopaz, alias Alexandre Berthier, orchestrates this bilingual two hour long merry masquerade and gets everyone moving in sync. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. (Booking required For all ages with adult supervision).

Robot House Party (in collaboration with the Place des Arts)

For 90 minutes you can experience Kid Koala’s famous Robot House Party live from home. Get set to become state-of-the-art robots or dancing machines. Feb. 14, 1 p.m. (Booking required. For all ages with adult supervision).

One-on-one with Karine and Nicolas

Why not zoom with Karine Sauvé and Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik, the creators of the theatre podcast Chansons pour le musée? Feb. 14, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.(Booking required. For all ages with adult supervision).

Chansons pour le musée (Mammifères)

This theatre podcast is a three-part story about how families can fall apart after a separation by Karine-Pas-Sauvé with music by Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik. But don’t get out your handkerchiefs just yet. (In French, seven and up. Listen anytime.)

Musical postcards

The festival will deliver a slew of music videos from across Canada. (All ages. Listen anytime).

Music Rooms

Backstage at the NAC there is a lot going on. Music Rooms will feature three mini concerts from the corridors behind the NAC performance halls. (All ages. Listen anytime).

Lulling Time: an exhiplosion of soothing songs (Berceurs du temps)

Rest your mind and listen to these lullabies from different traditions, sung in different languages. (All ages. Listen anytime).

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.