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Nordic Bridges cultural initiative kicks off today!

Nordic Lights – part of the official opening of Nordic Bridges – is a series of outdoor light art installations from Nordic and Canadian artists for the public to enjoy at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The work “Control no control” by Iregular features in the photo. Photo by Brian Medina - mynd

Nordic art and culture will be placed firmly in the spotlight when the Nordic Bridges cultural initiative officially launches in Canada on 27 January 2022. Built on pillars such as resilience and artistic innovation, throughout 2022 programme partners across Canada will offer engaging performances and conversations involving Nordic artists and thinkers.

The year-long cultural venture has been initiated by the Nordic ministers for culture and is led by Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. After being postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the Nordic ministers for culture are delighted to announce the kick-off of the most extensive Nordic cultural venture abroad to date. 

Nordic Lights, Design Matters, and Nordic Talks

In line with current pandemic protocols, outdoor and online events will kick the initiative off, with larger-scale collaborations, such as live festivals and in-person performances, to follow later in 2022. At Harbourfront Centre – one of Canada’s leading arts and culture institutions – the opening is long-awaited.

Programme highlights from Canadian partner organisations such as Toronto International Film Festival, BreakOut West and National Arts Centre, include performing arts, visual and digital arts, craft and design, literature, film, culinary arts, societal debates and journalism.

Nordic artists and stakeholders from all the Nordic countries will collaborate with and perform alongside Canadian artists at festivals, arts institutions, and museums across the country. 

International collaboration is crucial

The programme for Nordic Bridges and the co-operation between artists, innovators and thinkers are built on four key pillars: artistic innovation, accessibility and inclusion, indigenous perspectives, and resilience and sustainability. These are highly important issues in both Canada and the Nordic Region.

 

Stay tuned for updates!

For more information about Nordic Bridges visit NordicBridges.ca or follow @NordicBridges and #NordicBridges on all platforms.

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About Nordic cultural initiatives

The Nordic Region has a strong, high-quality and diverse art and culture sector, which is in great demand internationally. The Nordic ministers for culture initiate initiatives outside the Nordic Region that will lead to greater interaction between Nordic culture and the rest of the world and raise the profile of Nordic culture. Nordic Bridges in Canada is the third major joint Nordic cultural initiative by the ministers for culture, following on the previous initiatives Nordic Matters in London and Nordic Cool in Washington.  

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