Football and culture enrich each other
Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth is visiting Östersund football club today to learn about its vision of how football and culture strengthen the team. She will also learn about how the club's journey towards more confident and stronger players, and better results, has gone via the theatre, music and dance. The club's first book - Min resa (My journey) - will be published in April 2014.
"Introducing culture has been a huge challenge. But apart from all the clear benefits, we also have much more fun now," says club Chairman Daniel Kindberg.
Minister for Culture visits Varberg and Laholm
On 19 November, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth learned how the municipality in Varberg is working with 'Läslyftet', the reading initiative aimed at getting 'all pupils on board the reading train'. Pupils in year two of compulsory school have improved their reading skills, according to national test results. In an effort to improve reading skills, teachers have been working to identify pupils with reading difficulties early and have been receiving continuing professional development in methods and working procedures to improve the quality of reading instruction.
Minister for Culture presented Tucholsky Award
Russian author and journalist Masha Gessen received the award from Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, who said: "I am both angry and deeply concerned, as we are now seeing an increasingly repressive social climate in Russia, targeting freedom of the press, civil society and LGBT people."
Ms Gessen has been involved in the rights of homosexuals in Russia and has also written the book The Man Without a Face, a critical examination of Vladimir Putin's rise to power. The Tucholsky Award is granted to a persecuted, threatened or exiled author or publicist. The award was established in 1985 by the Swedish PEN Club in memory of journalist and author Kurt Tucholsky.
Agency network for children and youth issues
Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth today met the agency network for children and youth issues, which aims to jointly highlight children's rights and identify and coordinate measures that concern children and young people. Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth particularly raised the issue of reading, sports and gender equality.
The network comprises around 20 agencies and is based on cooperation between the Swedish Consumer Agency, the Swedish Enforcement Authority, the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, the Data Inspection Board, SALAR and Svensk Inkasso on child debt between 2007 and 2009. The first meeting of the network was held in 2009.
Work in the network is led by a coordination forum comprised of the agency heads. The focus is on practical operations and is based on the tasks that each agency must address. The intention is not to create new assignments.
Minister for Culture visits Kiruna
On 13 November, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth visited Kiruna City Library, which has new premises, including theatre activities for children. The library is promoting children's reading in part through a collaboration with the Swedish National Touring Theatre in Norrbotten. In addition to various branches, the library has an award-winning book bus that travels around to almost all the villages in the municipality. Stimulating young people to read is a top priority for the Government, which is implementing many initiatives under the banner 'Reading for life'.
Shelter cities for artists persecuted in their home countries
The 'Safe havens for artists at risk' meeting was held on 11-12 November in Malmö to address how to create shelter cities for more artists. The municipality of Malmö announced at the meeting that starting in 2014 it would provide a safe haven for two artists. The expert meeting is part of the activities within the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The importance of freedom of the arts, culture, journalism and literature in a democratic society was highlighted. The organisers encouraged more municipalities to become safe havens.
Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth visits Karlskrona
The Minister for Sport today visits the Swedish Sport Confederation Adult Educational Association in Karlskrona to learn about the Pydos project, which aims to keep young people interested in sports.
The Pydos project
The main idea behind the project is to keep young people active in sports longer and thus help to prevent drug use and involvement in crime. Pydos offers a network for sport organisations and concerned parties and conducts leadership training for young people.
Swedish Sport Confederation Adult Educational Asso
The Swedish Sport Confederation Adult Educational Association is a study association in which the needs of the individual are in focus. At national level, the Association works through 21 districts on developing and supporting specialised sports federations around the country. In 2010, it worked with around 8000 associations and 72 different sports and member organisations.
Schools with cultural skills take part in Creative Schools initiative
On 3 December, the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis presented its report 'Creative Schools: An initial evaluation' to Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. The report shows that every school has applied for, and received, funds for culture in schools, but that smaller municipalities find it difficult to claim their fair share. Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth opened the seminar at which the report was presented and participated in the concluding panel debate, which the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis organised during the afternoon.
New Library Act passed
Today the Government is issuing the new Library Act as the Riksdag has approved the Government Bill in its entirety. Under the new Act, public libraries are to pay special attention to children and young people's language development and reading skills. The Act will enter into force on 1 January 2014.
Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize awarded to 'Karikko'
Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth presented the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize to Seita Vuorela and illustrator Jani Ikonen for their work 'Karikko' ('The Reef') at a prize ceremony in Oslo on 30 October. The ceremony was broadcast on television. This is the first time the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize has been awarded. With this prize, the Nordic Council is emphasising the importance of good literature for children and young people in the Nordic countries. The prize is awarded to the author of a book for children or young people written in one of the Nordic languages.