Suzi Ersahin new Counsellor for Cultural Affairs in Istanbul
Today the Government appointed Suzi Ersahin as Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at Sweden's Consulate-General in Istanbul. Ms Ersahin will take up her post on 1 September 2013.
"Istanbul is an interesting and dynamic cultural city. With Sweden now posting a Counsellor for Cultural Affairs to Istanbul, we hope that cultural cooperation between Sweden and Turkey will be intensified and strengthened. Suzi Ersahin's experience and knowledge of Swedish and Turkish cultural life is a good basis for this,î says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Programme of the Minister for Culture and Sport in Almedalen
Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth is going to be in Almedalen, Visby on 2-5 July. Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth will take part in sessions including a seminar on children's reading and discussions on culture and issues concerning public service broadcasting and press subsidies.
At 10.00 on Wednesday 19 June, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth presents the Government Bill 'Education and accessibility - public service broadcasting 2014-2019' at a webcast press conference.
The Government Bill 'Education and accessibility - public service broadcasting 2014-2019' clarifies the broadcasters' mission: to offer a broad range of programmes that are accessible to all, that reflect the diversity of the entire country and that are characterised by good quality, versatility and relevance.
SEK 3 million to reading initiative for children and young people involved in sports
Today the Government decided to task the Swedish Arts Council with conducting a reading promotion initiative to facilitate collaboration between sports associations and libraries. The aim is to make literature available to girls and boys involved in sports.
Hearing in the autumn on crime in connection with sporting events
On 23 October, Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will host a full-day hearing to follow up the issues addressed in the final report entitled 'More joy for our money' (SOU 2013:19). Invitations to attend the hearing on the report have gone out to 66 bodies.
Attractiveness Day draws over 500 participants
On Monday 27 May, decision-makers from all over the country met to discuss and find inspiration on how Sweden can become one of the best countries in which to live, work and grow. In a panel debate, Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and Minister for Public Administration and Housing Stefan Attefall discussed what is needed to tackle new challenges and create opportunities in society. What is needed, for example, for small towns to become attractive and be able to grow?
"As Minister for Culture and Sport, I want to draw people's attention to the importance of both art and sports. In order for small towns to be able to grow and be attractive for new inhabitants and entrepreneurs, it is crucial that they dare to be open and think innovatively," says Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth about Attractiveness Day.
"There are many positive examples to be inspired by: the public art initiative in Borås, Umeå's cultural initiatives in conjunction with the university and others, and the new sports initiatives that have been carried out in Växjö and Vetlanda," says Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Report on accessible cinema submitted
Today, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth was presented with the report entitled 'Accessible cinema'. On instructions from the Government, the Swedish Film Institute and the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority have investigated and developed the technical conditions for audio description at cinemas. The aim is to improve access to films for the visually impaired and people with reading and writing difficulties.
"The Government's film policy aims to ensure that everyone in Sweden, regardless of disability or place of residence, can enjoy films," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
"The Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority and representatives of the industry and interest groups have made a great deal of progress in finding technical solutions for audio description tracks and voice subtitling. This cooperation has increased understanding and respect for these needs. I will now read and analyse the findings in the report in the hope that it will be possible to put solutions in place shortly," concludes Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Minister for Sport speaks at National Sports Congress in Luleå
On 24 May, Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth spoke at the opening of the National Sports Congress in Luleå.
In her speech, Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth focused in particular on the issue of how sports associations treat children and young people in their activities. She also stressed that the perspective of the rights of the child must guide all sporting activities.
Minister for Sport congratulates Swedish ice hockey team on winning world championships
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth congratulated the Swedish ice hockey team on their gold medal by taking part in today's celebrations at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth also sent the following telegram:
"I would like to congratulate the entire team and the association on an outstanding performance in the Ice Hockey World Championships. Winning gold on home turf is a big deal. You have succeeded in playing at your best when it mattered and the final was a real bull's eye and a day of public celebration. The cheering could be heard well beyond Sweden's borders. Thank you!"
Minister for Culture and Sport takes part in EU meeting in Brussels
On Friday 17 May, Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will be attending the Council meeting for EU culture and sport ministers in Brussels. The role of culture in the EU's relations with countries outside the EU, European Capitals of Culture and double careers for sportspeople are some of the topics to be discussed at the meeting.