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Nordic Bridges – 2020


Who is leading and curating the festival?

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre has been awarded the 2021 Joint Nordic Cultural Initiative, entitled Nordic Bridges, which will promote and raise the profile of the Nordic cultural sectors in Canada. The project is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Embassies of Canada.

Harbourfront Centre is the lead curator of Nordic Bridges and will function as the programming umbrella for other arts and cultural organizations, across Canada.

What countries comprise the Nordic Region?

The Nordic Region includes: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

What is the overarching theme of Nordic Bridges

Building on the shared values of creativity and innovation, inclusivity and sustainability, Nordic Bridges will serve to connect the Nordic Countries and Canada through collaborations between artists, innovators and thinkers.

Nordic Bridges will showcase contemporary Nordic art and culture in a range of disciplines: performing arts, visual and digital arts, craft and design, literature, film, and culinary arts.

Programming will be presented as part of the cultural partners’ scheduled programming seasons, festivals and tours, as well as industry and stand-alone-events.

What are the dates for the Festival?

Programming begins January 2021 and will span the entire calendar year.

Do all Nordic countries need to be involved in a project? Is there a minimum number?

At least one country must be involved in the project/presentation/exhibition in order to be eligible to apply.

How does financial support for programming for Nordic Bridges work?

Programs will be comprised of international collaborations and enhancement of existing programs with focus on the Nordic Region. To apply for financial support for a Nordic Bridges project, please complete the application form here.

Deadline for application is December 13, 2019, 5:00pm EST.

Nordic Bridges funding support complements traditional funding sources rather than replacing them. The financial support will be awarded for enhanced programming fees or Nordic artist fees to enable participation in the overall program.

How is programming selected for the festival?

Acceptance into the Nordic Bridges program is dependent on a successful application. Please note: Successful projects will need to identify sustainable practices and measures including, but not limited to, carbon offsetting as part of their overall project proposal.

Who can apply?

  • If you are a Canadian arts organization or Canadian presenter and
    • have existing programming that would be well suited to have a Nordic spotlight within it
    • have a project that includes Nordic artists for presentation
  • If you are a Canadian artist working on a collaboration with Nordic artist(s) and the project will be ready for presentation in 2021

How to get involved:

Participation in the program is for Canadian arts organizations and presenters who would like to be part of the Nordic Bridges initiative. To be considered for the initiative and funding enhancement support, please submit an application as outlined below. Projects will be selected through a curatorial process led by Harbourfront Centre’s public programming division. The intention is to ensure there are activities in the east, west and north of Canada with the majority of activities occurring in Toronto across the entire calendar year of 2021.

The selection process:

If you are an arts organization or a presenter who has a project for consideration, please complete the Nordic Bridges Application form for Arts Organizations/Presenters. This form should summarize the key details of the project and what the specific funding request will support. The intention of the enhanced funding is to support artistic fees including production costs related to the proposed event. The submissions will be evaluated by the Harbourfront Centre curatorial team based on the key pillars outlined above as well as additional factors including but not limited to: diversity of genre, countr(ies) participating, time of year of presentation, sustainability, potential audience reach and geographic location within Canada.

The success of Nordic Bridges is dependent on a number of potential financial resources being secured. It is important to note that there are a number of additional funding sources from the individual Nordic countries that are also available to apply for. Many of these potential funding sources will require the artist or the arts organization/presenter to apply to them directly. A list, which is by no means exhaustive, will be forwarded to successful applicants.

The deadline for application is December 13, 2019, 5pm EST. The application should be submitted online here.

Please note, that funding for this initiative is limited and only those applications that are fully completed will be considered.

Should a project be selected for inclusion in the year-long Nordic Bridges initiative, then an agreement including the brand guidelines and the use of the Nordic Bridges mark and required recognition will be outlined and executed.


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 Nordic Council of Ministers

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