Bokmässan 2022

Photo credit: Melker Dahlstrand, Anna Ledin Wirén, Peter Hoelstad

The seminar will be held on Thursday 22 September at 16.45-17.30, and it can also be experienced digitally via Bokmässan Play or live on the Swedish television channel Sveriges Utbildingsradio

The participants will be Mika Romanus, Director of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Ziv Nevo Kulman, Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden, and Eline Sigfusson, Director of a/nordi/c – a think tank for art, culture and politics. Benny Marcel, Director of the Nordic Culture Fund, will welcome the participants and the audience, and the discussion will be moderated by Ellen Wettmark, Director of Bonniers Konsthall.

In need of more perspectives
Issues relating to artistic freedom of expression have gained a new focus in recent years, both in the Nordic countries and globally. International reports show that artists and cultural practitioners are increasingly encountering restrictions on their artistic freedom and attempts to control their artistic practice – a trend that has become even more evident with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the tense geopolitical landscape.

In the Nordic countries, the need has also arisen to rethink and revise some of the institutional mechanisms that are designed both to ensure the freedom of the arts and culture and to support their role in the development of society. The theme has been illuminated in several recent studies conducted by Kulturanalys Norden and the think tank a/nordi/c.

Benny Marcel, Director of the Nordic Culture Fund, explains the background to the seminar:

At the Nordic Culture Fund, we see the need to stimulate a renewed conversation about artistic freedom and its importance for the development of societies.

In the Nordic countries, comprehensive structures have been built up over many years to protect and secure the free expression of art in society, but it has become even more important to discuss how these can be rethought to meet the needs of an increasingly pluralistic world of art and culture.

We can also see that art and culture speak to, and are influenced by, global trends and issues. This underlines the need to look beyond national contexts and address challenges in a broader international and global perspective.

At the seminar, different perspectives on artistic freedom will be discussed by a qualified panel of experts with broad experience from the fields of art, culture and diplomacy.

You can read more about the seminar and the participants here.