The Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke’s tips to Cultural Sweden 2018


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This year, Sweden holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. To honor this, we contacted the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah-Kuhnke and asked her which are the most interesting cultural phenomena and events in Sweden this year. Below you can read her answers!

The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm opens again

”A historical event in 2018 is that the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm opens up again after the first thorough renovation of the 150-old museum. I look very much forward to visit the new, more spacious and improved premises for art that are now being created. In addition, Nationalmuseum Jamtli in Östersund opens up. The collections of Nationalmuseum and the pedagogic and public work of Jamtli hold high promises.”

Nordic cultural summit in Malmö

”One of the highlights of the year is the Nordic Cultural Summit in Malmö in May 2018 that I invite to together with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, the Region Skåne, the Nordic Culture Fund and the Nordic Council of Ministers. With Nordic, national, regional and local actors, we will discuss how we together can strengthen and improve the prerequisites for culture in the whole Nordic Region.”

100 Year Jubilee of Ingmar Bergman

”The Culture Year 2018 will of course also reflect the fact that Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 years. The jubilee takes place in many locations both in Sweden and abroad, not least in the newly re-opened Swedish Museum of Performing Arts. The Museum has even started to collect testimonials from #tystnadtagning (#lightscameraaction”) – the Swedish performing artists’ part of #metoo. This dark side of culture and society will of course set its mark on 2018 and beyond.”

TEXT: Emilia Koivunen