The Nordic Cultural Political Summit

Malmö, Sweden, 8-9th of May 2018

Be part of and influence the future Nordic cultural co-operation

Bring your ideas! Meet the ministers! Work together with local and regional politicians from throughout the Nordic region.

Registration is now closed.

As part of the programme of the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018 we are gathering politicians and stakeholders from the national, regional and local level of the Nordic countries to discuss and contribute with suggestions on what should be the focus of the future Nordic cultural co-operation.
 
Is there a need for a stronger regional and local perspective in the Nordic cultural co-operation? This summit will be a platform for new insights and open discussions around multi-level governance in cultural politics in addition to the challenges and opportunities regarding the future cultural politics and Nordic cultural co-operation.
 
Join us for engaging dialogue and discussions, presentations, new collaborations and examples of best-practices from across the Nordic countries. You will meet government representatives, local, regional and national political representatives, as well as other key players and influencers in culture policy.

The summit will be documented and the aim is that it will facilitate future processes at the local, regional, national and Nordic level of cultural politics and co-operation.
 
This summit is organised by Region Skåne and SKL - Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, in co-operation with the Swedish Ministry of Culture, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Culture Fond.

Program

The purpose of the meeting is to formulate local and regional perspectives on the co-operation regarding the Nordic cultural policy. Focus will also be in exchanging experiences and knowledge around the interaction between the local, regional, national as well as the Nordic levels in cultural policy and to identify cultural policy challenges and opportunities.

8 May
  • PREMEETING

    11.30 - 12.00
    Experience World Class Acoustics

    Jesper Larsson, CEO of Malmö Symphony Orchestra gives an introduction to the Concert Hall and lets us experience the world class acoustics of the room.

    12.00 - 13.00
    Drop-in lunch at Malmö Live

  • MAIN EVENT

    13.00
    Welcome and opening of the meeting
    Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden
    Maria Ward, Culture Committee Chair, Region Skåne
    Karin Thomasson, Vice Chair, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

    13.45
    Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013-2020
    Mikael Höysti,
    Head of department at the Nordic Council of Ministers

    14.00
    The responsibility for arts and culture
    An introduction to the objectives and resources of cultural policies in the Nordic countries.

    Sverker Härd, Director General at the Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis

    Followed by round the table discussions

    14.30
    Break with coffee

    15.00
    Workshop
    1. What challenges do you see in society where cultural policy can play an important role ?
    2. With what can cultural policy contribute?    

    16.15
    A national perspective on the Nordic culture co-operation
    Panel discussion with representatives from the national parliaments led by Benny Marcel, Director of The Nordic Culture Fund
    Opening remarks by Mogens Jensen, Chairman of the board of the Nordic Culture Fund
    Olof Laveson, Chair of the Swedish National Culture Committee
    Orla Hav, Chair of the Danish National Culture Committee
    Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir, Member of Althingi for the Northeast Constituency
    Johanna Karimäki, Member of the Finnish Parliament
    Kristin Danielsen, Director General of Arts Council Norway

  • 16.50
    Artistic performance followed by mingle and buffet

9 May
  • 8.45
    Welcome to today's meeting

    9.00
    Local and regional challenges in cultural politics
    Panel discussions with representatives of the Associations for local authorities and regions in the Nordic countries
    Catrin Hulmarker, SKL
    Gunn Marit Helgesen, KS
    Jónína Erna Arnardóttir, Icelandic Association of Local Authorities
    Jesper Kiel, KL

    9.30
    Workshop
    1. What are the most important cultural policy challenges or priorities for you?
    2. How can one coordinate the work between the local, regional and national levels to improve the conditions for meeting cultural policy challenges and priorities?
    3. On which questions can it give added value to co-operate at a Nordic level?

    10.30
    Break

    11.00
    Workshop continues

    4. How can the Nordic co-operation take advantage of the cultural efforts  being made at the municipal and regional levels?

    11.45
    Artistic performance

    12.00
    Conclusion of the workshops

  • 12.15
    Lunch

  • 13.15
    Views on the Nordic culture co-operation
    Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister of Culture and Democracy of Sweden
    Trine Skei Grande, Minister of Culture of Norway
    Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education and Culture of Iceland
    Rigmor Dam, Minister of Education, Research and Culture of Faroe Islands 
    Mette Bock, Minister for Culture and Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark
    Tony Asumaa, Minister of Education and Culture, Åland

    14.20
    Why culture matters in the Nordic co-operation 
    Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

    14.30
    Concluding remarks
    Alice Bah Kuhnke
    , Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden
    Maria Ward, Culture Committee Chair, Region Skåne
    Karin Thomasson, Vice Chair, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

  • 15.00
    Closure and coffee

Speakers

The speakers will be presented here as they have been confirmed. Please check this information on a regular basis to be updated.

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson is the journalist who, after writing articles and books for 25 years, found that she could contribute more to a sustainable world from stage lecturing and moderating conferences than by writing. She is now travelling by train all over Sweden to conduct sustainable processes in both the public sector and the corporate world. Catarina has lived and worked in the United States and Asia, she has worked as a program host at SVT, including the Eurovision Song Contest, and has a hidden talent; to jam on the flute.
Photographer: Karin Oddner
Moderator

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

Alice Bah Kuhnke holds the position as Minister for Culture and Democracy in the Swedish Government, representing the Green Party. Ms Bah Kuhnke has a BA in Political Science from Stockholm University and holds several diplomas in leadership, including from the Stockholm School of Economics. She has many years of experience and commitment in areas such as human rights, environment and civil society.
Alice Bah Kuhnke

Minister of Culture and Democracy, Sweden

Photographer: Mona Lindseth
Trine Skei Grande

Minister of Culture, Norway

Photographer: Bjarke Ørsted
Mette Bock

Minister of Culture, Denmark

Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir

Minister of Education and Culture, Iceland

Rigmor Dam

Minister of Education, Research and Culture, Faroe Islands

Tony Asumaa

Minister of Education and Culture, Åland

Maria Ward

Chair of Cultural Committee, Region Skåne

Karin Thomasson

Vice Chair, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)

Sverker Härd is the Director General of the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. Sverker has previously served as a branch council at the Ministry of Enterprise and Industry, and has been responsible for the Department of Education's analysis function. He has also been involved in various working groups within the OECD and the EU, as well as within the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Sverker Härd

Director General, the Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis

Mogens Jensen is the Chairman of the Nordic Cultural Fund Board. He is since 2005 member of the Danish parliament and is the chairman of the Danish delegation to the Council of Europe.
Mogens Jensen

Chairman of the Board of the Nordic Culture Fund, Member of Parliament

Responsible for co-operation on culture, children & young people, gender equality, fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture, forestry and food.
A former manager of the culture centre in Turku/Åbo, Mikael Höysti sits on the board of the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, the body charged with promoting culture and education in the Swedish language in the country.
Mikael Höysti

Head of the Department for Culture and Resources at the Nordic Council of Ministers' Secretariat

Since 2015, Benny Marcel has been the director of the Nordic Culture Fund in Copenhagen. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director General and Head of Department at the National Cultural Council. Benny Marcel has been in several boards and participated in various commissions for the Swedish government. He began his career in human rights in the Middle East and later as European President for Save the Children International.
Benny Marcel

Director of the Nordic Culture Fund

Sverker Härd is the Director General of the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. Sverker has previously served as a branch council at the Ministry of Enterprise and Industry, and has been responsible for the Department of Education's analysis function. He has also been involved in various working groups within the OECD and the EU, as well as within the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Eline Sigfusson

Deputy Director of the Nordic Culture Fund

Gunn Marit Helgesen

Styreleder, KS

Johanna Karimäki

Member of the Finnish Parliament
Member of the Nordic Council
Chairman of Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region

Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir

Member of Althingi for the Northeast Constituency and member of the Icelandic Delegation to the Nordic Council

Jesper Kiel

Deputy Chairman
Committee of Culture, Business and Planning
KL - Local Government Denmark

Catrin Hulmarker

Vice Chair, Committee of Culture and Leisure, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)

Olof Lavesson

Chairman of the Swedish Culture Committee

Jónína Erna Arnardóttir

Councillor in the Municipality of Borgarbyggð and member of the board of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities

Orla Hav

Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament and member of the Nordic Council

Kristin Danielsen

Director General of Arts Council Norway

Dagfinn Høybråten

Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

Be prepared

Information to facilitate participation in the meeting

In order to get the most out of the summit and in order to be able to contribute in discussions and workshops during the summit,
we highly recommend you have a look at the following documents and websites:

Nordic Council of Ministers Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013-2020
→ Read more
 
The Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis
→ Read more
 
The Nordic Culture Fund
→ Read more
 
Nordic Culture Point
→ Read more

Interview with Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
→ Read more

Venue: Malmö Live

Malmö Live is a congress center, a hotel experience and a concert hall with world-class acoustics. It's the new home of Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Event Location

  • Visit Us
    Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 4, 211 18 Malmö
  • Telephone Us
    +46 40 20 75 00
  • Email Us
    book@clarionlive.se

Get Directions

Directions

Travel by Plane:
Fly to Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) in Denmark and take a direct train via the Øresund bridge, operating every 20 minutes to Malmö Central station. The journey takes about 20 minutes. For more information click here.
or
Fly to Malmö Airport (Sturup) 30 km from Malmö. For more information click here

Travel by Train:
Malmö Central station is located near Malmö Live and Stortorget. Øresund train operates to and from several parts of Sweden and with SJs highspeed train the travel from Stockholm to Malmö takes only four hours. For more information click here  

Malmö Live is only about 500 m from the Central Station, a 6 min walk.

Please note that for travelling from Copenhagen Airport, you need to show your passport when entering Sweden.

Accommodation

Hotels near the event

The event will take place at the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live.

Clarion Hotel Malmö Live
Contact details to the hotel for room reservations:
Telephone: +46 40 20 75 00
Email: book@clarionlive.se
Address: Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, SE-211 18 Malmö
→ Link to Carion Hotel Malmö Live's webpage

Comfort Hotel Malmö is another hotel within short walking distance from the Malmö Live.

Contact details to the hotel for room reservations:
Telephone: +46 40 330 440
Email: co.malmo@choice.se
Address: Carlsgatan 10 C, SE-211 20 Malmö
→ Link to Comfort Hotel Malmö's webpage

Contact

Organisers

The summit is arranged by Region Skåne and Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting.

Partners

The summit is produced in co-operation with Regeringskansliet - Kulturdepartementet, Nordisk Kulturfond och Nordic Council of Ministers