Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria attends People and Culture convention in Eskilstuna

Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria attends People and Culture convention in Eskilstuna

NordenBladet – On 5 February, Crown Princess Victoria attended the People and Culture Convention in Eskilstuna. The People and Culture Convention is organised for the public and private sectors, media, associations, academia and citizens with the aim of highlighting the importance of art and culture in the development of democracy and society. It is the third edition of the convention, and this year, Crown Princess Victoria is their patron. The convention is held for four days to coincide with the People and Culture day on 8 February and has over 125 programme points with talks, debates, and seminars.

During the event, Crown Princess Victoria made a speech where she explained the importance of art, culture and education in today’s society saying: “In a time when we are offered simple answers, we need to safeguard our ability to ask questions. Art, education and culture strengthen that ability. It helps us understand ourselves – and each other. That is why it is so important that this opportunity exists for everyone. No matter where you live in the country, how old you are or where you come from.“

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🎻🎨🎭 I dag närvarade Kronprinsessan, i rollen som beskyddare, vid konventet @folkochkultur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Konventet arrangeras för offentlig och privat sektor, media, föreningar, akademi och medborgare med syfte att lyfta konsten och kulturens betydelse i demokrati- och samhällsutvecklingen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Folk och kultur anordnas för tredje året i rad och detta år är Kronprinsessan dess beskyddare. Under dagen höll Kronprinsessan ett tal där hon bland annat sa: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I en tid där vi erbjuds enkla svar, behöver vi värna vår förmåga att ställa frågor. Konst, bildning och kultur stärker den förmågan. Det hjälper oss att förstå oss själva – och varandra. Just därför är det så viktigt att den möjligheten finns för alla. Oavsett var i landet man bor, hur gammal man är eller var man kommer ifrån.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

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Crown Princess Victoria also praised the convention: ” It is an important contribution. And I am happy to be the patron of the meeting place that is People and Culture. I think conversation forums like this are necessary: ​​As a platform for exchanging experiences and perspectives. But also to gain power and energy to continue working.” When asked why she accepted to become the patron of the convention, Crown Princess Victoria said she thought it was important to promote culture.

Crown Princess Victoria also had the opportunity to visit some of the seminars and meet with other people attending the convention to discuss their art like Helena Åberg from Sörmland’s Museum. During the opening ceremony, Crown Princess Victoria watched performances by violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala, member of the Swing Quartet Jouko Kyhälä and dancer Anthony Lomuljo as well as Flen World Orchestra.

Photo: Crown Princess Victoria ( Erika Gerdemark/


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