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Who is included?

Nordic Cultural Policy Day on Inclusion in Cultural Life in the Nordic Region 29 January 2018, Dansens Hus, Stockholm


Presenter: Camara Christina Lundestad Joof, performing artist and dramatist. During 2018/19 she is working at Dramatikkens Hus in Norway.


Registration and coffee


Pavlovs Tispe

Excerpt from Camara Joof’s autobiographical solo performance.



Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, and a representative from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.


Sverker Härd, director general at the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis and Brit Holtebekk, head of international assignments at the Arts Council Norway, welcomes you.


Presentation of the report:  Equal Culture (Jämställd kultur) – where are we heading?

The Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis (Kulturanalys Norden) presents the result of a study on gender equality at the state-funded cultural institutions in the Nordic countries. The study shows that, in contrast to Nordic labour markets in general, state-funded cultural institutions are characterised by an equal gender distribution in all the Nordic countries. However, differences still remain in terms of the opportunities open to men and women to achieve a managerial position and artistic positions.

Karolina Windell, head of Kulturanalys Norden, presents the report.


Panel session: What are the challenges for the Nordic countries to reach gender equality in the cultural sector?

The report by Kulturanalys Norden demonstrates that the cultural sector in the Nordic countries in several aspects have an equal gender balance, but still it the opportunities for becoming manger or working in artistic positions seems to be unequal. Recently, we have witnessed the me too movement, demonstrating that women are not included or valued in the same manner as men.

PanelAnna Wahl, professor in gender, organization and management and at the Royal Institute of Technology, Birgitta Svendén, CEO at the Royal Swedish Opera,  Magnus Aspegren, CEO Riksteatern, Arna Kristín Einarsdottír, CEO Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Nina M Barbosa Blad, film producer.

Moderator: Wivan Nygård-Fagerudd, musician and culture journalist at Hufvudstadsbladet and YLE in Finland




Presentation of the anthology: Perspectives on integration and inclusiveness – what do the researchers say?

Kulturanalys Norden has invited 19 Nordic researchers to participate in the anthology – Who is included? Perspectives on integration and inclusiveness in the Nordic cultural sector. The aim of the anthology is to use current research to contribute to reflections on the meetings and boundaries between cultural policy and integration policy, as well as to gain deeper understanding of opportunities and challenges in the use of cultural life to promote inclusion and integration. Who can take part and under what conditions? Who should be involved in whose culture? How can cultural activities contribute to increased integration and inclusion? What happens to culture and art when it is used as a tool for integration policy?

The following authors present their chapters:  

Pasi Saukkonen, researcher, associate professor, Helsinki city.

Trine Bille, professor at Copenhagen Business School, Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi.

Karina Horsti, researcher at Academy of Finland and lecturer in cultural policy at the University of Jyväskylä.

ModeratorKerstin Brunnberg, board member of Delmi (The Migration Studies Delegation), journalist and former CEO at the Swedish Radio.


Lunch, kos & hygge


Rhythm, Roots and Revolution

Excerpt from a dance performance with Tabanka Dance Ensembles and the dancers Joel RamirezWolman Michelle Luciano and Victor Pedersen.


Thomas Talawa Prestö, artistic director at Tabanka Dance Ensemble presents their work.


Presentation of the report: Culture with different backgrounds (Kultur med olika bakgrund i Norden)  – who works at our cultural institutions?

Kulturanalys Norden has conducted a study of how well employees with a foreign background are represented in government-funded cultural institutions in the Nordic region. The results demonstrate that there is a low representation of employees with foreign background, in particular in managerial positions.

Erik Peurell, Supervising coordinator for Nordic cultural statistics, Kulturanalys Norden, presents the report.


Aspirantordninga – Arts Council Norway’s initiative to increase the diversity in the cultural sector

Merete Jonvik, senior researcher at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) in Stavanger, Norway.


Panel session: How can we increase the diversity at our cultural institutions?  

The employees at the state-funded cultural institutions in the Nordic region do not reflect the population in the Nordic countries. Why is this and how can we change it? And what is the responsibility of state-funded cultural institutions to contribute to integration and inclusiveness in society?

PanelAnna Söderbäck, director general at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Ozan Sunar, artistic director at Moriska Paviljongen, Un-Magritt Nordseth, artistic director at  National stage for dance in Oslo, Gitte Ørskou, director at KUNSTEN – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Uffe Savery, musical director Copenhagen Phil. 

ModeratorNiels Righolt, CEO CKI Kunst og Interkultur.


Break and fika


Presentation: En dag ska jag bygga ett slott av pengar

Evin Ahmad, actor and author, reads from her recently published novel En dag ska jag bygga ett slott av pengar.


An inclusive Nordic cultural sector – what does the future look like?

Prior to Norway taking over chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017, a three-year project on how cultural life and civil society contribute to integration and inclusion in the Nordic societies was presented. The Arts Council Norway presents the project and discusses with invited guests what can be learnt from the project so far. 

Silje Eikemo Sande, head of the project Inkluderande kulturliv i Norden at Arts Council Norway, presents the project.


Panel session: How can the cultural sector include a diversity of voices in the future?

Hannah Wozene Kvam, senior advisor, diversity in culture Akershus fylkeskommune, in conversation with artists.  

PanelNinos Josef, freelance dancer at Dansalliansen, Julienne Doko, dancer and choreographer in Denmark, Sandra Mujinga, artist in Norway/Sweden, Belinda Braza, choreographer, producer and dancer in Norway.


Concluding remarks

Mikael Höysti, Head of department for Culture and resources at the Nordic Council of Ministers.  

Organizing committee:

Kulturanalys Norden

Kulturanalys Norden generates statistics and other knowledge of relevance to Nordic cultural policy. Kulturanalys Norden was initiated by the Nordic cultural ministries, is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and is located at the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Myndigheten för kulturanalys.

Norsk kulturråd

Norsk kulturråd (Arts Council Norway) is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy. Arts Council Norway functions as an advisory body to the central government and public sector on cultural affairs. The Arts Council is fully financed by the Ministry of Culture. During 2017-2019 Arts Council Norway is responsible for the project Inkluderande kulturliv i Norden, working for increasing inclusiveness in the cultural sector.