What's the Big IDEA?
On any given day, there are dozens of ideas to explore at Harbourfront Centre, across a broad range of artistic disciplines and cultural programmes. Our curators have an eye for original trends and connections in contemporary culture – and they want you to see what they see.
Often, we observe a recurring idea emerging across various disciplines and events. We call this "The Big IDEA" and present it for you to consider as part of your Harbourfront Centre experience. It's our way of highlighting just one of the many ideas you'll find here year-round.
This summer, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "globalocal" (global to local and local to global). In spite of our "global village," nations are fragmenting into smaller culturally distinct regions; people are re-committing to the idea of "neighbourhoods" and field-to-table production; vast populations are in migration across the globe, taking with them their history and cultures; artists are exploring their identities and using traditional forms in contemporary ways; like-minded people are coming together and creating their own "tribes" around issues of concern.
The world is changing the way it communicates, and yet the essential questions are as rooted in tradition as ever: How do we connect? How does our world shrink and expand over time? What – if any – are the boundaries of our global village?
Summer programmes and events that explore the idea of globalocal include: