International activities

The Swedish Arts Council participates in a number of international cooperation projects and has an extensive international network of contacts. The Council's international undertakings include the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and Cultural Contact Point Sweden which is the EU Cultural Contact Office.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is a literary prize established by the Swedish government in 2002. The aim of the award is to strengthen and increase interest around the world in literature for children and young people, and to promote children's rights. Presented annually, the award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. Living authors, illustrators, storytellers and persons or organisations that have made valuable contributions towards the promotion of reading are eligible for the award. The prize money of SEK five million makes this the world's biggest award for literature for children and young people, and also the second biggest literary award in the world overall.

Creative Europe Desk Culture

Together with the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Arts Council runs the Creative Europe Desk in Sweden. Creative Europe is the European Commission's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe for the period 20142020. The aim of the desks, which operate in all countries that are part of the Creative Europe Programme, is to promote European initiatives in the field and facilitate participation in the Creative Europe programme. The Swedish Arts Council is responsible for the Culture sub-programme. Our activities include events and seminars on how to access funding and one-to-one advice sessions, as well as responding to any queries about the programme over the phone and on email. The desk also provides updates on EU cultural policy and activities.

Support for international cultural exchange

The Swedish Arts Council can provide funding for international cultural exchange initiatives. Funding is limited. Awards can be made for the performing arts, art and design, museums, literature, arts periodical and libraries, i.e. each area of cultural life in which the Council is engaged. Grants are awarded for travel expenses, or, for example, when international artists make guest appearances in Sweden, for hotel and travel
expenses within Sweden.
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