View our accessibility package Skip to the Main Content
Nordic Bridges 2022


Who is leading and curating the festival?

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre was awarded the 2021 Joint Nordic Cultural Initiative, which has been rescheduled for 2022 in light of the ongoing public health emergency. The project, entitled Nordic Bridges, will promote and raise the profile of the Nordic cultural sectors in Canada and 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 Ĺland.

What are the dates for the Festival?

Programming begins January 2022 and will span the entire calendar year.

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.

How were the Programming Partners selected for Nordic Bridges?

The Partners were selected through an open call, which is now closed, to Canadian arts organizations or Canadian presenters as well as to Canadian artists working on a collaboration with Nordic artists.

A Nordic Bridges Advisory Committee made up of cultural leaders in a variety of disciplines was brought together to assess the Programming Partners’ proposals for Nordic Bridges. The Committee provided advice on each of the proposals and their relevance to the overall curatorial program.

Harbourfront Centre, as the lead administrator and curator of Nordic Bridges, made the final decisions based on the Advisory Committee’s assessments, the overall Nordic Bridges programmatic strategy, the number of proposals and the amount of funding available for enhancements to existing programs. Any committee member who may have had a conflict of interest recused themselves from discussions that could have influenced the decision.

Nordic Bridges Advisory Committee

Ann MacKeigan
Executive Producer, CBC Music – Q

Derek Andrews
President, Global Café

Dr. Heather Igloliorte
Inuk Scholar, independent curator and art historian from Nunatsiavut

Jeanne Holmes
Lead Programmer, City of Toronto Special Events

Joi T. Arcand
Visual Artist and Curator from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

Michčle Maheux
Former Executive Director, Toronto International Film Festival

Now that Nordic Bridges has been moved to 2022, can I submit a project proposal for consideration?

The open call for Nordic Bridges has closed. As such, no further applications will be accepted for consideration. Artistic research by the Programming Partners is ongoing with assistance from Nordic National Contacts for Nordic Bridges, in order to finalize programming.

Who are the Nordic Bridges Programming Partners?

The Nordic Bridges Programming Partners are a diverse, group of multi-disciplinary arts and culture organizations, presenters and artists from across Canada.

See the list of Nordic Bridges Programming Partners here.

I am a Canadian arts and culture organization, presenter, or artist with a fully-funded project that features Nordic artists set for 2022. How can I get involved?

Please review the four pillars under which all Nordic Bridges programming must fall. If your project aligns with any of them, please feel free to get in touch with us via email at to discuss further.

Kindly note that as Lead Curator of Nordic Bridges, Harbourfront Centre has the final say regarding which projects will be included in the festival.

I am a Nordic artist and I would like to participate in Nordic Bridges. What can I do?

The Programming Partners will be finalizing their programs, working with each of the Nordic countries’ artistic communities to identify artists.

See the list of Nordic Bridges Programming Partners here.

I would like to sponsor Nordic Bridges. How can I do that?

Thank you for your interest in Nordic Bridges! Please contact Andrea Switzer, Development Manager, at for more information on how you can get involved.

Questions? Contact us at

Supported by
 Nordic Council of Ministers