July 27-30, 2017
In late July, two enormous mechanical creatures from La Machine – a fire and smoke-breathing dragon called Long-Ma, as well as a water-spraying spider called Kumo – will walk through Ottawa’s downtown core.
Throughout the four days of July 27 to 30, 2017, crowds can take part in the free ambulant street theatre as the creatures perform scenes based on the story “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings”. The public will be able to marvel at the creatures’ enormous size (up to 13 metres high!) and impressive life-like mechanics as they move about, interact with each other, and even while they’re at rest. Live orchestras also provide a soundtrack as they follow the creatures.
The general schedule made public is:
DAY 1: Thursday, July 27
8 pm – Kumo awakens at the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
DAY 2: Friday, July 28
10 am – Long Ma awakens at Ottawa City Hall
10:30 am – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
2 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery of Canada
2 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery of Canada
8 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Shaw Centre
8 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
DAY 3: Saturday, July 29
11 am – Kumo Walkabout: ByWard Market neighbourhood
11 am – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market neighbourhood
3 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market neighbourhood
3:10 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market neighbourhood
8: 30 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
9:30 pm – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada
Day 4: Sunday, July 30
2:30 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
3 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
8:30 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Chaudière Falls
9 pm – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Canadian War Museum
For real-time updates during the event, follow Ottawa 2017 on Facebook and Twitter. Parts of downtown Ottawa, including the ByWard Market area, will be turned temporarily into pedestrian zones during the performances (for details, visit the City of Ottawa website). The best ways to get around during the event is on foot, by bike and by public transportation. Ottawa’s bus transportation system, OC Transpo, is offering a special Family DayPass on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. For $10.25, a family of up to six people (maximum of two aged 13 or older) can ride the bus system for the entire day.
La Machine’s visit to Ottawa will be its debut in North America. The larger-than-life creatures are created by a company based in Nantes, France.
Don’t miss seeing these amazing, mythical creatures in person, and don’t forget your camera and to tag your photos and videos with #MyOttawa!
Visit our Ottawa 2017 Events Highlights page to check out the year-long lineup of celebrations taking place in Ottawa in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.