First Swedish film with audio description reaches the cinema screen
Today is the premiere for the first public film screening with digital audio description via iPhone or iPad. The film I See You by Sylvelin Måkestad is being screened during the Tempo Documentary Festival on 4-9 March and is competing for the Tempo Documentary Award.
"The Government's film policy aims to ensure that everyone in Sweden, regardless of impairment or place of residence, can enjoy films. It's very pleasing that we are already beginning to see results," says Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The Swedish Film Institute and the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority received a commission on 14 November 2013 to develop more advanced technical solutions that enable people with visual impairments or reading and writing difficulties to access audio description or voice subtitles via a smartphone or tablet.
Prohibition of illicit private use of decoding devices
Today the Government submitted its bill 'Illicit use of decoding devices' to the Riksdag. The bill proposes to prohibit illicit cardsharing from 1 August 2014.
Facts about cardsharing
Cardsharing is a means of unlawfully gaining access to pay-TV channels without paying. A card for use in digital TV boxes is shared via networks and in this way a single subscription can be used by a large number of users.
This evening, the medallists from the winter Olympics in Sochi arrived at Arlanda Airport and went to Kungsträdgården, where the Swedish public turned out to pay them tribute. A winter Olympics that saw 15 medals meant the best ever results for Sweden. We put five questions to Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Culture Bridge set up within Swedish Arts Grants Committee
The Government today decided to instruct the Swedish Arts Grants Committee to make plans to set up the Culture Bridge as a special decision-making body within the Committee. This means that the Culture Bridge project, which is being run as a pilot scheme in 2011-2014, will made permanent from 2015.
The main task of the project during the period 2011-2014 is to examine and take decisions on grants to creative cultural projects and contribute to innovative forms of cooperation with other financiers.
Minister for Sport travels to Olympics in Sochi
On 8-12 February, Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will visit Sochi, Russia, to attend the Olympic Games. Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth will be on hand to follow the events in which the Swedish Olympics team take part. However, she will not attend the opening ceremony on 7 February.
"The Swedish athletes have worked hard to reach the Olympics and they deserve all the support they can get. That's why it is important for me to be on hand to show the Government's support," says Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Umeå is the European Capital of Culture 2014. Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth spoke at the opening ceremony Burning Snow on Saturday 1 February, and also opened the exhibition Resenärens blick (The Traveller's Gaze) at Västerbotten Museum on Sunday.
Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth describes the success factors that led to Umeå being named the European Capital of Culture.
Swedes among the most culturally active in Europe
A survey of Europeans' cultural habits, "Cultural access and participation", conducted by the European Commission, shows that Swedes are among the most culturally active in the European Union. For example, 90 per cent of the Swedish participants stated that they had read a book in the last twelve months, and 76 per cent answered that they had visited a museum during the same period.
Today, 30 January, the Government decided to appoint an inquiry with instructions to propose national objectives for museums policy and to review the responsibilities of state museums. Clas-Uno Frykholm has been appointed to chair the inquiry.
"Museums today face a range of challenges as a result of ongoing changes in society. That is why we have appointed this inquiry to examine how our museums can best develop," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The inquiry is to submit its report by 15 October 2015.
Renovation of the Royal Opera one step closer
The National Property Board, in close cooperation with the Royal Opera, has been instructed to conduct a feasibility study of the renovation and remodelling of the opera building at Gustaf Adolfs Torg.
"The goal of the reconstruction is for Sweden and Stockholm to have a modern opera stage of world class. A renovation is necessary to enable the Royal Opera to maintain its artistic level and offer a good working environment," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
How do SR, SVT and UR affect the media market?
The Swedish Broadcasting Authority has been instructed to analyse how Sveriges Radio AB (SR), Sveriges Television AB (SVT) and Sveriges Utbildningsradio (UR) affect the media market. Areas to be covered include the competitive situation and the development of the market in general.
"One important task of media policy is to create favourable conditions for commercial and non-profit actors in the media market. There is therefore a need to examine how public service activities affect competition in the media market," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.