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What’s Happening? January Events 

January 2, 2024

Everyone is now in their resting phase, with the busiest time of year coming to an end. But as always the excitement in Ottawa’s Original Downtown never stops, with more fun and exciting line-ups coming your way during the month of January.

Start your year off on an exciting note, by checking out some of these events that are sure to completely wow you!

The National Ballet of Ukraine

This once-in-a-lifetime performance by the world-renowned National Ballet of Ukraine from the Taras Shevchenko National Opera House features excerpts from some of the world’s greatest ballets such as Le Corsaire, Giselle, Don Quixote, while also highlighting Ukrainian culture through traditional dance.

The word Nadiya in Ukrainian means “hope,” and this ballet performance brings everyone together and united in hope while bringing a powerful performance of art and beauty over tyranny and destruction.

The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, will address audiences before the intermission via video and speak to the current humanitarian situation, along with specific projects the funds raised will support. Every audience member can make a tax-deductible contribution based on what they deem appropriate.

🩰 The National Ballet of Ukraine

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street 

📅 January 21st, 2024

🎟️ Tickets

Drum Tao  

Drum Tao was established in 1993 with the dream of creating the best show in the world using “Wadaiko”(Japanese drums), an instrument which has a very rare and unique variety of sound expressions. DRUM TAO, based in Oita, Japan, started creating their own music, stage set-ups, and costumes to produce their unique brand of entertainment. Many talented artists gathered to contribute to this creation from all over the world, resulting in peerless and modern Japanese entertainment.  

DRUM TAO’s incredible performers create phenomenal expressions on the incomparable “Wadaiko” drums as well as beautiful melodies on Japanese flutes and harps. 

🥁 The National Ballet of Ukraine 

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street  

📅 January 23rd, 2024 


Cirque Españ 

The NAC Orchestra welcomes L.A.-based Troupe Vertigo for three nights of jaw-dropping circus-dance-theatre performances accompanied by the fiery music of Emmanuel Chabrier’s España together with sizzling selections from George Gershwin, George Bizet’s Carmen and more. 

Troupe Vertigo creates a spellbinding visual spectacular by turning stunning physical feats into choreographed works of art. 

🎪 Cirque España 

📍National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street  

📅 January 25th to January 27th, 2024 


Worried about where you are going to park? Click here for a handy tool to find all the parking options and rates in the downtown! 

Be sure to also visit our Events page to keep on top of everything going on this month in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!