The Nordic Cultural Political Summit

Malmö, Sweden, 8-9th of May 2018

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

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As part of the programme of the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018 we gathered 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? The summit became 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.
 
The summit was 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 was 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 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.

The meeting will be held in the Scandinavian languages, with interpretation to Icelandic and Finnish.

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

    Artistic performance:
    Emil Jensen
    Almaz Yebio

    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
    Olof Laveson, Chair of the Swedish 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
    Who Killed Bambi - featuring Steffen Brandt & Alice Boman

    17.30
    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?

    10.30
    Break

    11.00
    Workshop continues

    3. On which questions can it give added value to co-operate at a Nordic level?
    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
    Anna Einarsson
    Cecilia Lindwall
    Carol Conrad

    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

Program på svenska

Mötet kommer hållas på de skandinaviska språken, med tolkning till isländska och finska.

8 maj
  •  
    FÖRE MÖTET
     

    11.30 - 12.00
    Upplev akustik i världsklass!
    Jesper Larsson, VD för Malmö Symfoniorkester ger en introduktion till konsertsalen och låter oss uppleva den unika akustiken.

    12.00 - 13.00
    Drop-in lunch på Malmö Live

  • TOPPMÖTET

    13.00
    Välkommen till toppmötet!
    Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sveriges kulturminister
    Maria Ward, kulturnämndens ordförande, Region Skåne
    Karin Thomasson, vice ordförande, Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting

    Kulturinslag
    Emil Jensen
    Almaz Yebio

     
    13.45
    Strategi för det nordiska kultursamarbetet 2013-2020
    Mikael Höysti, avdelningschef, Nordiska Ministerrådet för kultur
     
    14.00
    Ansvaret för konst och kultur
    En introduktion av mål och resurser för kulturpolitik i de nordiska länderna

    Sverker Härd, generaldirektör, Kulturanalys Norden
     
    Bordsdiskussioner
     
    14.30
    Fikapaus
     
    15.00
    Diskussion
    1. På vilka områden ser du att kulturpolitiken kan spela en viktig roll i samhällsutvecklingen?
    2. Vad kan kulturpolitiken bidra med inom dessa områden?
     
    16.15
    Ett nationellt perspektiv på det nordiska kultursamarbetet
    Paneldiskussion med representanter från de nordiska ländernas parlament under ledning av Benny Marcel, direktör för Nordiska kulturfonden
    Olof Laveson, kulturutskottets ordförande, Sveriges riksdag
    Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir, ledamot i välfärdsutskottet, Altinget Island
    Johanna Karimäki, ledamot av Finlands riksdag och ordförande i Nordiska rådets utskott för kultur och kunskap i Norden
    Kristin Danielsen, direktör, Kulturrådet i Norge
     

  • 16.50
    Kulturinslag
    Who Killed Bambi - featuring Steffen Brandt & Alice Boman

    17.30

    Buffet och mingel

9 maj
  • 8.45
    Välkommen till dagens möte!
     
    9.00
    Lokala och regionala kulturpolitiska utmaningar
    Paneldiskussion med representanter för kommuners och landstings intresseorganisationer i de nordiska länderna
    Catrin Hulmarker, SKL
    Gunn Marit Helgesen, KS
    Jónína Erna Arnardóttir, Islands kommunförbund
    Jesper Kiel, KL
     
    9.30
    Diskussion
    1. Vilken är den viktigaste kulturpolitiska prioriteringen/utmaningen för er/dig?
    2. Hur kan man arbeta mellan den lokala, regionala och nationella nivån för att förbättra förutsättningarna för att möta kulturpolitiska prioriteringar och utmaningar?

    10.30
    Fikapaus
     
     11.00
    Diskussionen fortsätter
    3. Kring vilka frågor ger det ett mervärde att samverka på en nordisk nivå?
    4. Hur kan det nordiska samarbetet tillvarata de kommunala och regionala kultursatsningarna?

    11.45
    Kulturinslag
    Anna Einarsson
    Cecilia Lindwall
    Carol Conrad


     12.00
    Summering av diskussionerna
     
     

  • 12.15
    Lunch

  • 13.15
    Kulturministrarna om det nordiska kultursamarbetet
    Alice Bah Kuhnke, Kultur- och demokratiminister, Sverige
    Trine Skei Grande, Kulturminister, Norge
    Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Utbildnings- och kulturminister, Island
    Rigmor Dam, Utbildnings-, forsknings- och kulturminister, Färöarna
    Mette Bock, Kultur- och ecklesiastikminister, Danmark
    Tony Asumaa, Utbildnings- och kulturminister, Åland
     
    14.20
    Därför är kulturen viktig i det nordiska samarbetet
    Dagfinn Høybråten, Generalsekreterare, Nordiska ministerrådet
     
    14.30
    Summering
    Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sveriges kulturminister
    Maria Ward, kulturnämndens ordförande, Region Skåne
    Karin Thomasson, vice ordförande, Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting
     
    15.00
    Fika
     
     

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

Dagfinn Høybråten

Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

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

Kristin Danielsen

Director General of Arts Council Norway

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, delegates were recommeded to read the following documents and visit the following websites:

State of the Nordic region 2018 presents facts and figures from the Nordic countries on core socioeconomic areas, including culture and the arts
→ Read more

Kultur med olika bakgrund
→ Read more

Jämställd kultur
→ Read more

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

Press

Background information about the meeting and organising organisations

Pressmeddelanden

Pressmeddelande från SKL och Region Skåne

Stor potential i nordiskt kultursamarbete

Pressmeddelande från svenska kulturdepartementet
Norden ska vara en föregångare för fri kultur och kreativitet

Pressmeddelande från Nordiska ministerrådet
Gemensamma uttalande om #metoo i kultursektorn av de nordiska kulturministrarna under det nordiska kulturministermötet den 9 maj 2018

About Region Skåne
Region Skåne’s commission is to make art and culture available to as many Skåne inhabitants and visitors as possible. Culture for children and young people is a priority in all our operations.

The Culture Committee is Region Skåne’s specialist committee for cultural policy issues, and acts on the commission of the Regional Council. The Office for Culture works on the commission of the Culture Committee with promoting Skåne’s development in the cultural field, for instance by handling operation and development grants for culture practitioners.
→ Read more

About Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SALAR, is both an employers' organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden. All of Sweden's municipalities, county councils and regions are members of SALAR. SALAR represents and acts on their initiative.
→ Read more

FAQ

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.

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.

The current co-operation between the Nordic governments started with cultural co-operation, and forms a base for our common values. The Nordic cultural co-operation will communicate values such as democracy, freedom of expression and the importance of civil society in both international and regional contexts. It is also facilitating the integration of newcomers into society because culture offers opportunities for human meetings and togetherness.

The Nordic Council of Ministers developed a Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013-2020, which was revised in 2016. In this strategy the Council states that Nordic cultural co-operation will manage the historical, cultural and linguistic heritage and ensure continuity, but will also encourage new cultural expressions and impulses. There are five themes in the Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013-2020:

  • The sustainable Nordic region
  • The creative Nordic region
  • The intercultural Nordic region
  • Young people in the Nordic region
  • The digital Nordic region
→ Read the full strategy

The Nordic Culture Point is a cultural institution located in Helsinki, Finland, with three primary functions: administration of Nordic grant programmes, running a library and cultural centre in downtown Helsinki, and hosting events.

→ More information about the Nordic Culture Point

The Nordic Culture Fund supports projects that rethink and recreate the concept of what is Nordic and that enhance cultural life in the Region. The money goes to conferences, concerts, tours, exhibitions, festivals, research and educational projects etc in the Nordic Region and beyond.

→ More information about the Nordic Culture Fund

Media representatives can register by sending an e-mail to press@skl.se by 7 May.
Pictures of a selection of participants from both days of the summit will be available to download here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/buresk/albums/72157668226652368
 
Please bring your press card.
We look forward to seeing you!

→ Read the full press invitation (in Swedish)

Contact persons are:

Region Skåne: 
Erika Medin
Tel: +46 706 477933
erika@delfinkommunikation.se

SKL:
Karin Lagerholm
Tel: +46 725 978180
press@skl.se
 

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