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8. Creativity and Culture

8.4 Promoting culture and cultural participation

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  1. Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture
  2. Disseminating information on cultural opportunities
  3. Knowledge of cultural heritage amongst young people

Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture

Lower student fees in municipal culture schools

High student fees may hinder equal opportunities for participating in culture school activities (kommunala kulturskolan). Therefore, the Government has in 2016 commissioned the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) to allocate project funds for municipal culture schools. Municipalities can, since autumn of 2016, apply for a government grant.

Since 2016, the Swedish Arts Council distributs grants totalling SEK 100 million (9.5 million euro) annually to municipal culture schools. By the end of 2018, the majority of municipalities with culture schools had applied for grants, and these were primarily used to broaden the offering and reach new groups. 

 

Free entrance to museums

Both young people and schools benefit from the free entrance to museums reform. The reform covers 18 state-financed museums located both in Stockholm and in other towns. The aim is to attract and facilitate for those who are not accustomed museum visitors.

The government increased the allocation to the state museums by SEK 80 million (8,4 million euros) in 2016, to cover the costs of introducing free entrance. The museums may continue to have entrance fee for adults who wish to visit temporary exhibitions.

 

Cultural heritage and schools

Institutions for cultural heritage, such as museums, archives and libraries, can be described as alternative learning environments that serve as meeting places for open discussion on art, history and social issues. Many cultural institutions offer activities for schools. Many institutions even have various types of partnerships with schools. The policy documents for public museums emphasise the need to engage in educational activities.

The government  proposed in 2017 that the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) to be commissioned to define how cultural heritage can contribute to the school system. The board was tasked to promote increased cooperation between cultural institutions and schools in all parts of the country. The assignment is to be reported to the Government in autumn 2020.

 

Disseminating information on cultural opportunities

During the recent years, no nation wide information campaigns or policies have targeted young people in order to inform about opportunities to access cultural environments, besides the initiatives already described in this section.

 

Knowledge of cultural heritage amongst young people

Each year in September, Heritage Days are arranged all around Europe as a part of the Council of Europe's and the European Commission’s joint programme, European Heritage Days. In Sweden the event it is called Kulturarvsdagen (Cultural Heritage Day) and is organised by the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet). On Cultural Heritage Day, cultural environments, cultural landscapes and historic places of interest are shown all over the country and the history around these is told. A‘Little Heritage Day’ (Lilla kulturarvsdagen), focusing on children and young people is a part of this event.

The Swedish National Heritage Board is the national coordinator, and arranges the event in Sweden in collaboration with Sweden’s Local Heritage Federation (Sveriges Hembygdsförbund) and the Working Life Museums Co-operation Council (Arbetslivsmuseernas Samarbetsråd).