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Mikael Persbrandt read in the new year in on the SVT. 100 women protesting

the Poem "Nyårsklockan" has been a staple in the Swedish new year's celebration at Skansen in Stockholm since 1895. Each year, a person who has distinguished himself in the Swedish public the honor to perform the poem, with a translation of Lord Tennyson "Ring Out, Wild Bells", from 1850. There is a TV channel SVT, who have chosen who reads the last few years.

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In the years is the actor Mikael Persbrandt, known from among others "the Hobbit", which brings the tradition forward.

Although women like opera singer Malene Ernman and actress Pernilla August has read the poem in recent times, there is a great preponderance of men on the list of those who have been given the honor of the mission.

It responds to the women behind the Swedish metoo-petition #TystnadTagning on.

In a video uploaded to YouTube by the Swedish actress Bahar Pars, attending about one hundred Swedish women in an alternative nyttårsmarkering. It read "Nyårsklockan" of Pars and skuespillerkollega Emma Broomé, and the video is filmed in eight different locations in Sweden. This sign Swedish Metro.

Visual power

In the video, there are minor changes in the poem's text.

- We did the notch sharper, and a little less formal, " says Pars to Expressen.

"Call into a higher, a better life / With better intentions and less shit", said, among other things, in the video, where famous names such as Alexandra Rapaport, Nour el Rafai and Alexandra Dahlström participates.

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I always work with visual power. It's all about what you have seen throughout your life, but not thought over. What are the bodies that are placed where. I take something familiar and twist it a bit, to get something to happen in the mind of the viewer. I will show that even this poem can be represented by other bodies, continues Pars in the interview with Expressen.

Aftonbladet writes that Pars published a similar video in 2014, when the honour was singer and actor Loa Falkman.

Pars says to Gothenburg-Post that the videos are not intended as protests against Falkman or Persbrandt personal:

- It's not about them. Personally, I like the Loa Falkman. This is a selection of that there are other bodies that might undertake the mission it is to read "Nyårsklockan" at Skansen. This poem belongs to everyone, not just the exclusive kultureliten in Stockholm, " she says.

She emphasizes that she does not react specifically to the choice of Persbrandt.

Comedian Tiffany Kronlöf, who participate in the video together with his sister, agrees.

- This is neither Persbrandt or SVT. It's about a whole world. This is the start of a new tradition, she says to Expressen.


the Video is a part of the Swedish skuespillerbransjens metoo-petition, #TystnadTagning, corresponding to Norwegian #StilleFørOpptak. In all 456 women participated in the petition last fall, according to Expressen.

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Pars says to the Swedish newspaper that both videos have been attempts to make the poem available to a wider audience.

the Last time I had only with women with immigrant background. This time we chose to do it as a greeting from the women in #TystnadTagning.

the Reactions accumulate also on social media. On the related Instagram account "Call time call" to a number of famous voices read "Nyårsklockan" in a video that will be uploaded to the site five minutes before twelve in the evening. Which featured among other things a politician Gudrun Schyman, the media profile Cissi Wallion, retorikkekspert Elaine Eksvärd and kriminolog Nina Rung. This report Aftonbladet.

Describes sexpress

Persbrandt has a past with substance abuse, and according to Expressen been sentenced to five months in jail for drug offences.

He has also received criticism for a paragraph in the autobiography "as I remember it". In førsteutgaven of the book he describes an event where a well known Swedish film director allegedly pushed him and another, unnamed person, to have sex with each other, while he listened over the phone.

the Sequence, which was described as "something which may or may not had happened many years earlier", was removed from the book in later editions, and Persbrandt has later said to the Swedish litteraturprogrammet "Babylon" that it was all a dream.

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