Ingmar Bergman centenary initiatives

On 14 July 2018, Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 100th birthday. He was one of Sweden’s internationally most renowned and important artists ever. The Budget Bill for 2018 proposes allocating grants to the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, the Fårö Bergman Centre Foundation and the Swedish Film Institute for initiatives to highlight the centenary nationally and internationally.

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“The importance of Ingmar Bergman to Swedish cultural life cannot be overestimated, either in Sweden or abroad. This is why we must preserve, promote and share his legacy,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

This initiative involves the following.

  • The Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Fårö Bergman Centre Foundation will be allocated a total of SEK 8 million in 2018.
  • The Swedish Film Institute will be allocated SEK 5 million from 2018 and an additional SEK 10 million from 2019 for preserving Ingmar Bergman’s film heritage.
  • Starting in 2019, it is proposed that the Fårö Bergman Centre Foundation receive annual support.

The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.