Sweden to get its first national stage for children and young people

The Government has decided to make the ‘Unga Klara’ theatre company a national theatre institute for children and young people as of 2018. State support for the theatre company will amount to an estimated SEK 16.2 million in 2018, and then SEK 15.4 million per year. This means that state support to Unga Klara will be more than doubled compared with today.

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“It’s fantastic that Sweden is finally getting a national stage for children’s and young people’s performing arts. A lot of people have been working hard for a long time to make this happen,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

This is the first theatre company focusing exclusively on children and young people to receive the status of a national institute. By making Unga Klara a national theatre institute, the Government is working to give children and young people in Sweden access to high-quality and pioneering theatre throughout the country. In its remit, Unga Klara is to cooperate with other actors that contribute to this aim. Unga Klara’s work on theatre for children and young people – which is in many ways unique and pioneering – has for many years now made the theatre an institute of national interest with the opportunity to be a leading institute in its area, like other national stages.

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

Facts about Unga Klara

Unga Klara runs theatre activities with a focus on children and young people. In 2015, Unga Klara had approximately 36 000 visitors.