The Government prioritises Baltic Sea issues
On Thursday the Government decided to mandate all 21 county administrative boards and 34 government agencies to work actively on Baltic Sea issues. The Government is also establishing a network of agencies to implement the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, under the leadership of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
The agencies that come under the Ministry of Culture and which have been mandated with contributing to the implementation of the Strategy are the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the National Maritime Museums.
Poet Tomas Tranströmer is to receive the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. In its motivation, the Swedish Academy says that Tranströmer is awarded the Prize "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".
"I, along with many others, am delighted at this well deserved accolade," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
In April this year, the Government awarded Tomas Tranströmer the honorary title of professor "for his outstanding contribution to writing, which has enriched both the Swedish language and world literature".
The Government decided today to allocate SEK 30 million to culture for the elderly. The aim is to promote the participation of elderly people in cultural life, both through cultural experiences and through their own creativity together with others.
- Cultural activities have a positive effect on health of people of all ages. This initiative allows more people to participate in cultural activities even later on in life, says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The Swedish Arts Council will be tasked by the Government to distribute funds to county councils, municipalities and private health care and social services providers to implement measures that promote efforts in this area.
The Budget Bill was presented to the Riksdag on 20 September. Proposed measures in the area of culture include a new labour market initiative, the Boost for Cultural Heritage. Regional cultural activities will also receive increased support. In the area of media and film, the digitisation of cinemas will continue and it is proposed that Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Utbildningsradio and Sveriges Television receive extra resources to make their archives accessible.
Death of County Governor Per Unckel
"It is with great grief and loss that I received the news of the death of County Governor Per Unckel. Per Unckel was a close friend and we have worked well together for many years. As County Governor Per Unckel chaired the Skansen Foundation and also held the position of National Coordinator against sports-related violence. He made important contributions and leaves a great void," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The Government will review the issue of replacements for the positions that County Governor Per Unckel held.
On Monday 19 September the Minister for Culture participated in a panel discussion on how gender equality can be improved in the film industry. It was Women in Film and Television (Wift) that launched the document 'The Fast Track - on ways to gender equality in the film industry' at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.
EU, crisis and cultural policy
"Culture is also affected by the economic crisis," states Henrik Selin, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs in Brussels.
Most important just now is the Commission proposal for the next Culture and MEDIA programme due this autumn.
The Government took a decision today on an extra grant of SEK 2 000 000 to the Royal Dramatic Theatre. The grant is to be used to promote dramatic art for children and young people.
"I see strengthening the right to culture for children and young people as one of my most important tasks as Minister for Culture," says Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
On 9 September Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth opened the 'INCA - Gold Treasures in the Rock Galleries exhibition on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. An exhibition focusing on South America and its mythical Inca gold, arranged by the National Museums of World Culture.
Boost for Cultural Heritage presented
In the Budget Bill the Government proposes a special initiative which will mean that a total of 4 400 people are expected to find employment, with wage subsidies, in the area of culture. This initiative is directed at people leaving the sickness insurance system after long periods of sick leave.