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Maria Schottenius: Hence the need of cultural policy – and the money to the defense

A week has passed after Stefan Löfvens government declaration that signed the Sweden as a future Shangri-La, but with more police officers. At the same time everyone could hear that bringing the cultural issues is not a priority. They were not given many lines. And the new minister of culture quickly became regarded as ”a provocation” (DN 21/1) and a manifestation of the ”S have given up cultural policy” (AB 21/1). Even if the criticism against the minister, person was softened during the week.

2018 was the year when the sums of money became fulkultur. The Swedish Academy screwed in the bottom and fråntaget the Nobel prize. Kulturprofilen rannsakad and doomed. The way the word culture in front of anything and people are turning on in contempt. As Kulturman. It was before an honourable epithet.

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now at the side of the regular policy. A department where the Socialists nowadays do not place their own people. There are no suitable candidates? It is about beröringsskräck? Not wanting to burn ordinary, able politicians on this tricky task? You never know where bringing the cultural issues ports, in which skottglugg. Always as unpredictable. And hassle the people that have to do with, kulturmänniskorna.

It is now fifty years and more, since the future prime minister was in by first take care about the culture. It did Tage Erlander, Olof Palme and Ingvar Carlsson. The culture was considered central and, together with the training area where the ideas about the future of Sweden took shape. The former prime minister was all the three major book readers and anyone who has read the Tage Erlander diaries can see that he in secret was also a sharp and fun had.

Tage Erlander held during the 60's cultural golden age court at Harpsund, ”played an important role in Versailles” (coined by Anders Ehnmark), and let the writers, actors and kulturfolk of all kind to be with and draw up the guidelines for cultural policy.

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in the now classic cultural investigation which was adopted in 1974. And in Olof Palme's leadership was Stockholm, a capital city that really liked the culture. Film institute, the arts centre, the museum of Modern art, large modern institutions came to and the old found new creative forms. The locals built their city Theatre. The culture came in the centre with the radical leader, Pontus Hultén, and challenged the conservative, traditional mindset and pattern. A new playfulness prevailed.

But all thought it wasn't as much fun. The social democrats dominated and became påhoppade. From the right came the repeated criticism that the heads of department were appointed politically, Sosse-the nobility ruled with Harry Schein at the forefront. And from the left came the free groups that mocked and frightened and managed to extinguish the socialist interest is a part.

After a few tours added Folketshus-chief Bengt Göransson as a minister and was successful in the 80's to find a model where education and culture were combined. Marita Ulvskog, Leif Pagrotsky held that culture ministers also bringing the cultural issues high. Göran Persson was engaged and had Anna Lindh received the live, Sweden had been a leading politician, probable prime minister, who has been knowledgeable and kulturintresserad. During his time as kulturborgarråd she was one of Stockholm's most prolific theatre - and the ghastly gibus's original description. We lived in the same staircase, so I know. Social democracy and Culture could have taken a different turn than it did.

bringing the cultural issues are made heavy again. They are not easy, never will be, but they need to be handled by the politicians, who can and dare to realize the importance of them and are not afraid of the rough stuff. The Swedish Academy, the own goal is a reminder that culture is all about practice and depth, not ostentation and surface.

And watch out for högerflanken. The nationalists and the extreme right is kulturfientliga on really. Therefore, the needed cultural defence policy and the money to the defense.

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