About Nordic Bridges 2022
Nordic Bridges, a Joint Nordic Cultural Initiative, is a year-long initiative taking place from coast to coast to coast in Canada that aims to foster cultural exchange between Canada and the Nordic Region. Harbourfront Centre, as one of Canada’s leading contemporary, multidisciplinary arts and cultural centres, will lead the programming for Nordic Bridges.
Building on the shared values of creativity, innovation, accessibility, resilence and sustainabilty, Nordic Bridges will serve to connect the Nordic Region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland) and Canada through collaborations between artists, innovators and thinkers.
Over the course of one full year in 2022, Nordic Bridges will present contemporary art and culture in a range of disciplines including the performing arts (dance, theatre, circus and music), visual and digital arts, craft and design, literature, film, and culinary arts.
Nordic Bridges aims to generate dialogue between Canada and the Nordic Region on culture’s role in the creation and promotion of sustainable societies, increasing awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, most specifically, the environment, inclusivity, innovation and accessibility.
Four key pillars inform Nordic Bridges programming:
Programming that challenges the status quo
Accessibility and Inclusion
Fostering belonging and participation through art and the engagement of diverse audiences
Engaging Indigenous voices from Canada and the Nordic Region, in particular the Arctic dimension of these conversations
Resilience and Sustainability
Exploring how our shared, rugged, natural landscapes inform and shape our art and design, and the measures that are being put in place to preserve these landscapes for future generations
Working with cultural partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges programming will be presented as part of scheduled programming seasons, festivals and tours, as well as industry stand-alone events.