The Nordic Cultural Political Summit

Malmö, Sweden, 8-9th of May 2018

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

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.

Please register by the 1st of March 2018, at the latest.


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
  • 11.30 - 13.00

    Drop-in lunch at Malmö Live

  • 13.00

    Opening of the meeting

    Key Note speaker

    Cultural Analysis in the Nordic countries (MYKA)

    Discussion & Workshop

  • 16.30

    Closing remarks

  • 17.00

    End of today's meeting

  • 17.00 - 18.30

    Mingle with artistic performance

9 May
  • 08.30

    Welcome to today's meeting

    Inspiration lecture

    Discussion & Workshop

  • 11.45

    Conclusion of the workshops

  • 12.00


  • 13.00

    Presentations by the Nordic Ministers for Culture

  • 15.00

    Concluding remarks

  • 15.30

    Closure of the summit

  • Please note, the program will continuously be updated.


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.

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

Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy

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

Maria Ward

Chair of Cultural Committee, Region Skåne

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.

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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.
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.


We have reserved rooms at the two hotels below. Please follow the instructions for how to book. All guests pay individually for their room.

Please note that hotel rooms are in high demand in Malmö during the month of May.

Please make sure you book your room in good time.

Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live
This hotel is located in the same building as the meeting will take place. 

Single room, standard - 1395 SEK
Double room, standard - 1595 SEK

The prices are including breakfast and VAT, per person and night.

To book a room here:
Telephone: +46 40 207500 (choose option # 3. For information in English, press 0 before choosing option #3)
Booking code: GRO18260

Visit the hotel's web page by clicking here

Comfort Hotel Malmö
This hotel is located near Malmö central station, at walking distance to Malmö Live, where the meeting will take place.

Single room - 1195 SEK

The prices are including breakfast and VAT, per person and night.

To book a room here:
Booking code: GR010305

Telephone number to the hotel: +46 40 33 04 40

Visit the hotel's web page by clicking here




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


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