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National arts centre

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National arts centre in Ottawa is one of the largest performing arts centers in Canada. The center is located between the Engin street and the Rideau Canal.

In 1928, the city authorities decided to demolish the main cultural institution of Ottawa - theatre "Russell" to build the Confederation Park, and since coming to the city musical and theater groups performed on the stage of the cinema "Capitol". In 1963 Hamilton Southam and Levi Pettler founded the national Alliance of art capital initiated the construction in Ottawa of a new arts centre. After lengthy negotiations, the idea was approved by the local authorities and the government of Canada. National arts centre was one of the projects was dedicated to the "Centenary of the Confederation of Canada". The ceremonial opening of the National arts centre took place in June 1969.

A huge reinforced concrete structure with an area of over 100,000 sqm in the style called "brutalism" was built by the project of Fred Lebensold and cost $ 46 million. In 2000, the national arts centre was made a Royal architectural Institute in the top 500 buildings constructed in Canada during the last Millennium, and in 2006 received the status of a National historic site of Canada.

Today, the national center for the arts is a classical music, ballet, theatrical and dance performances and more. The center collaborates with various cultural organisations, and actively supports other artists and pays special attention to educational programs and is also home to the orchestra of the National arts centre (one of the best Symphony orchestras in the world), and one of the organizers of the Canadian dance festival and the festival of "Magnetic North".

In the National arts centre has four scenes. Main stage - "Southam Hall" on 2323 is used for Opera and ballet performances, as well as for large-scale shows and events. "The Theatre" in 897 and a "Studio" for 300 seats used for theater and dance performances, compact "The Fourth Stage" for 150 seats is suitable for various social events.