Swedish cultural sector to receive billions in crisis support

Amanda LindPhoto: Jessica Gow / TT / NTB

The Swedish government will give the cultural sector 1.3 billion kroner in crisis support, as well as 3 billion in support for events that will be hit by the pandemic later this year.

“Every single person who leaves the cultural sector is a loss,” Minister of Culture Amanda Lind said at a press conference last week.

“As long as the pandemic affects cultural life, we must work in various ways to support it. Culture fulfills such a fundamental function in our society,” she emphasized.

While 1.3 billion will go to crisis support for the cultural sector, the 3 billion will go to events that either cannot be implemented or must be limited due to the corona pandemic in the second half of 2021.

Funding sports

But the event support is intended to be broader than the cultural sector.

It could also support concerts, theater performances, exhibitions, and festivals, but also fairs and markets, as well as sporting events. 

The Center Party and the Liberals, who support the red-green government, support the proposal.

Skansen boss celebrates

Among those who rejoice over the message of more crisis support is the head of Skansen in Stockholm, John Brattmyhr.

“I am naturally elated with joy. We do not yet know how much support we will receive, but it is really wonderful to be helped in this difficult time,” he said.

The traditional amusement park opened its doors to visitors on Maundy Thursday for the first time since November. 

Concert organizers are also pleased with the proposal for event support in the second half of the year. It is still unclear how the scheme will be designed.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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