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Swedish museums to meet in Östersund

A “spring meeting” during three days will stress Swedish values and present the Museum of the Year 2019 award.

Sweden’s biggest museum conference will take place in Östersund next week. The Spring Meeting programme “gathers passionate examples of how museums work with lifelong learning in meeting their audience, based on knowledge building and collections” the Swedish Museums Association says.

On the first day of the conference, Minister of Culture Amanda Lind will be speaking and presenting the Museum of the Year 2019 award. The full programme for the three days can be seen here.

The meeting is about a desire for learning and museums as a “genuine knowledge bank”. Museums have a strong influence on the development of individuals as well as on the whole of society, the association says.

Its members are “strong local players” across the country, it stresses in the runup to the conference on April 9-11 at the regional museum Jamtli.

“Museums are institutions for knowledge, for lifelong learning and folk education, in the city and in the countryside,” says Mats Persson, the association’s secretary general.

“During the spring meeting, the lights at the museums are set as arenas for a variety of stories and conversations where values that strengthen local, national and global affinities are created.”

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Keynote speakers include Paul Rapacioli, founder of the news site The Local and author of the book Good Sweden, Bad Sweden: The Use and Abuse of Swedish Values in a Post-Truth World.

He lectures on distorted facts, viral mechanisms and the power of ‘bad news’. In a world where truth for the moment has lost its value, he says that museums are more important than ever.

Another speaker is Hamid Zafar, who was named Swede of the Year 2019 for his efforts as principal at Sjumila School in Biskopsgården, Gothenburg.

A history teacher who loves museums, he will “share his experience of changing adversity to prosperity and how we need to build knowledge in times when alternative facts seriously threaten our democratic foundations,” the association says.

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