Festival artwork created by Relish New Brand Experience; Bridge logo design by Sarah Brazauskas.



This is the second year for The Bridge: A Festival of Ideas and while we had hoped to present this festival in-person, we realize it is better for the environment that we did not fly people in this year, considering we are examining art and climate change. The theme of this year is “Our Only Earth.”

The panel discussions, In Conversation series, and our keynote speaker this year will push your boundaries to look at climate change in a different way. We welcome both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants this year and all agree – considering Indigenous knowledge is extremely important to understanding climate change and to make a difference in the way the world is hurtling towards this crisis. 

But what does art have to do with climate change? Artists, writers, and journalists discuss how the crisis has inspired them to put pen to paper and words to music. These thoughtful dialogues will inspire and challenge you to consider how you look at the life of this planet. And what you can do to help make changes. 

The land the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre sits on is the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Néhiyaw (Cree) and Oyate (Dakota) and the home of the Métis. While you tune in and listen to the conversations taking place, I hope you remember we are offering you a bridge to connect with people, to listen and learn new ideas, re-ignite old ones, and think about your place on Our Only Earth. 

Miigwetch, Niá:wen.

Kim Wheeler