EUNIC: Initiating European Collaboration

EUNIC is a network organization for European National Cultural Institutes and similar organizations working in the field of cultural diplomacy and intercultural relations. Established in 2006 to promote cultural diversity and mutual understanding across cultures, EUNIC has evolved into a global cluster network that delivers transnational collaborative projects through its 36 members and in more than 70 countries around the world.

With the Swedish Institute as the facilitating member and main representative for Sweden, the EUNIC toolkit aims at supporting Swedish foreign missions that seek to strengthen their strategic role within their local EUNIC clusters by submitting projects that fit the cluster format and the thematic criteria listed below. The purpose of the toolkit being to initiate, enable and stimulate cultural collaboration both within the EUNIC clusters, and the local cultural communities.

Instructions and manuals

The EUNIC toolkit consists of a financial support equivalent to a maximum of 40,000 SEK for Swedish foreign missions that wish to engage in EUNIC cultural cooperation projects as outlined above. Following the 2017 administrative agreement between EUNIC and the European Union, cultural cooperation projects should focus on three thematic areas:

  • Promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations
  • Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development
  • Reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage

Please note that submitted projects should be initiated in agreement with the coorganizing members of their local EUNIC clusters. The overall aim of the project should be to strengthen the applying foreign mission’s strategic role within the cluster over time.

For examples, see Inspirational stories.

Building blocks

This is EUNIC

EUNIC Strategy 2025

How to work together

Setting up a EUNIC cluster

Cluster Fund Call 2018

Inspirational stories

EUNIC Serbia: EUNIC AiR (2017-)

Following a bilateral artist residency program between Sweden and Serbia, EUNIC AiR aims at supporting already existing residency programs in Serbia, through the establishment of a matching fund, dedicated to co-funding residencies that will get a EUNIC label by inviting artists from EU member-states to Serbia. EUNIC AiR will consist of ten artistic residencies over a two year period within the fields theatre, literature, design, jazz and art. In conjunction to the program a joint bar camp will be set up in order to bring the residing artists together to share their residence experiences, debate on European, digital  and global issues. A complemental communication campaign will be arranged during the artists stay in Serbia.

Parallell to the implementation, the Swedish embassy in Belgrade produced this short film presenting both EUNIC Serbia and the EUNIC AiR project. The film was made possible with financial support from SI.

An extended interview with Swedish designer and Nova Iskra resident Kristofer Sundin on the importance of international residency programs for artists.

EUNIC Turkey: Spaces of Culture (2017-)

How can EUNIC networks better contribute to fostering transnational connections, to promoting inclusive societies, freedom of expression and cultural innovation in different local settings? Those were some of the questions when the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, following an initial project proposal from Goethe Institut, partnered with local EUNIC members in order to establish Spaces of Culture, a EUNIC cooperation project aiming to engage with local change makers outside of the capitals to promote European collaboration and stimulate local cultural production.

Initially focusing on three vital cities (Izmir, Diyarbakir and Gaziantep) the overall objective of the Spaces of Culture project is to support local cultural initiatives and provide means and spaces for cultural encounters and creativity embracing all sectors of society, thus empowering local cultural actors to create self-sustaining entities that operate within a national and international network.

Film presenting Spaces of Cultures coming soon.

Financial support

EUNIC Cluster Fund

The EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies. EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It only co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies.

SI financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK. Priority will be given to projects with long-term rather than short-term aims. Please note that SI financial support does not cover administrative costs and is only available for Swedish embassies and consulates that are already or will at the same time enlist for becoming EUNIC members. Application is done by filling out the application form.

Not yet a EUNIC member? For more information, please contact Jerker Sundstrand.

Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

After completion, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information about this toolkit, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.

INTRO 4 min – Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye

Four of Sweden’s most innovative choreographers travel to Ingmar Bergman’s home on Fårö to explore and get inspired. The result is a unique contemporary dance film and this is the introduction film.

The renowned Swedish choreographers Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg and Joakim Stephenson, with principal dancers Jenny Nilson, Natalie Nordquist, Oscar Salomonsson and Nadja Sellrup from the Royal Swedish Ballet, interpret Ingmar Bergman through four unique dance performances reflecting on human relations and intense feelings. The dances are linked together with images of the epic natural beauty of Fårö and Bergman’s poetic home Hammars, including the voice of the master himself – Ingmar Bergman – revealing his thoughts about movements and music.

Fashion revolution – the future of textiles

Clothes affect all of us on this planet. We are all, to some extent, consumers regardless of the climate we live in and whether we follow the latest fashion, wear hand-me-downs, shop at large chains or buy tailor-made. At the same time, fashion and textile represents one of the most polluting industries. Swedish businesses and research centres are among the main drivers for a more sustainable system.

Fashion revolution – the future of textiles is a toolkit that highlights the industry’s major challenges, showcases Swedish solutions and guides you as a consumer to contribute effectively.

The material is produced by the Swedish Institute with the help of researchers and other sustainable fashion experts.

We recommend the exhibition to be shown in collaboration with partners who has knowledge and networks within sustainable fashion, in a relevant local context and location. Seminars or other public programs should accompany the event.

Connecting toolkits

This toolkit is linked to the Swedish Government’s innovation partnership programmes and 4 more toolkits connected to the themes will be available by the end of 2018.

Instructions and manuals

Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

Building blocks

Overview of exhibition
Exhibition texts
Booklet
Fact sheet

Suggested seminar topics in Swedish

Flyer about sustainable consumption
This text is produced as a complement to the exhibition. A material that can be handed out to exhibition visitors.

Videos
There are three video clips. Each is around 1.5 minutes. They are produced for social media exposure, but are available in two formats: 1:1 for cell phones 16:9 for big screens.
Video: Fashion revolution – the future of textiles
Video: Fast fashion – can paper replace textiles?
Video: Can jeans be more sustainable?

Press material

Support for communication in social media
Press text (coming soon)
Poster
Invitation card

Photos that can be used for communicating the event. Please note, only usage in connection to Fashion revolution toolkit. Enter http://imagebank.sweden.se/ and search for the following:  Filippa K, Högskolan Borås, Lindex, Markus Marcetic, Lindex, Nudie, Spindye, Tierra

Inspirational stories

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s). Application is done by filling out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Jenny Bergström.

Showcase Sweden

Enjoy the highlights of the brilliant minds of Swedish Creatives, and be inspired by the Scandinavian way of creating. Explore and find a new favorite among Swedish songs, games, clothes, films, advertising or tv-drama.

Showcase Sweden is owned by Spelplan-ASGD AB. The content is produced and administered by Kreativ Sektor, consisting of: ASFB Association of Swedish Fashion Brands, Swedish Film & TV Producers Association, Komm! – Swedish Association of Communication Agencies, Musiksverige, and Swedish Games Industry.

Per Anders Fogelström quote

Per Anders Fogelström was a Swedish writer (1917-1998). He is best known for a series of novels (City of My Dreams, being the most famous one) picturing working-class people in Stockholm from 1860 to 1968. He is also famous for writing the novel Summer with Monika (1951), later turned into a film by Ingmar Bergman.

The quote is from his novel Den okuvliga friheten, written in 1939 and published for the first time in 2017.

Citat av Ulf Stark

Citat av Ulf Stark (12 juli 1944 – 13 juni 2017) kring hur man bör skriva böcker för barn. Ulf Stark var en av Sveriges mest älskade författare. Han var även frekvent översatt, och hans böcker finns på över 20 språk. Filmversionen av hans bok Kan du vissla Johanna? har blivit en modern klassiker, och har sen 1994 visats varje julafton i Sveriges Television.

För Facebookannons, ladda upp enbart bilden och använd citatet separat:  ”Barnböcker ska skrivas med samma roliga allvar som böcker för vuxna.”

LGBTQ in film

This toolkit includes recent films with a LGBTQ theme that can be borrowed from SI and shown at film festivals or other occasions.

Sweden has a long history of voicing LGBTQ personalities in film. Already in 1917 the first film with queer content was released – Mauritz Stiller’s The Wings (Vingarne). The film industry has become more and more progressive over time. During the past decades the representation of LGBTQ people in Swedish film has increased. Swedish directors have delivered groundbreaking films such as Fucking Queers (Bögjävlar) from 1977and more recent international successes like Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder) and With Every Heartbeat (Kyss mig), films that have won awards for their cinematic value, innovation and bravery.

Instructions and manuals

The Swedish Institute (SI) and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme with both short and feature length films, both fiction and documentary, covering topics such as the early days of the HIV epidemic and the struggle for transgender rights.

Embassies and consulates can borrow the Blu-Ray films from SI by filling out the application form below.

For a list of speakers that can be contacted for events as well as a list of international LGBTQ film festivals please contact Asta Rantanen.

Building blocks

The films

Girls Like Us

Five Swedish transgender girls talk about themselves: their inner lives, dating, parties and everyday life. It’s about Saga, Vanessa, Xenia, Ivy and Heidi – all with different backgrounds and different experiences. We are all more than the gender we are assigned. What you have between your legs does not define you as a person.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Duration: 83 minutes
See trailer.

Girls Lost

Kim, Bella and Momo are three fourteen-year-old girls who discover a fantastic flower with magic qualities: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys and they enter a new world. At first they enjoy their newly found freedom, but soon Bella and Momo realize that there are downsides to it. Kim however gets seriously addicted…
Genre: Feature
Year: 2016
Duration: 106 minutes

She Male Snails

She Male Snails weaves intimate bath time conversations between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the writer Eli Levén together with the story of the Boy Hag – a fantasy world that centres on a person caught between two genders who creates a third in order to survive.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2012
Duration: 74 minutes

Something Must Break

A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and one is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2014
Duration: 80 minutes

Becoming Ann-Christine

Åke was working as a priest within the Church of Sweden, living a seemingly normal life with wife and children. But deep down inside he knew that he was somebody completely different. This film is a personal story about coming out as a woman at the workplace, in the family and in society. It is about sexual identity, prejudice and the longing to be who you really are.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes

Just a Normal Person

Some people are born into the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes

Don´t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 3 x 58 minutes

With Every Heartbeat

A family-oriented drama about finding your true identity. A moving, provoking and sometimes bittersweet tale, told with plenty of wit. The story centers on the main character Mia and the unwanted effects of a torrid love affair which will change her life forever.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 105 minutes

Short rainbow films from the Swedish Film Box 2

The Swedish Institute’s Film Box 2 contains 7 short films with LGBTQ themes.

Press images

The press images are still photos from the films and may only be used when marketing the films and must be accompanied by copyright information and photographer name if specified (password protected).

Financial support

The Swedish Institute covers costs for screening rights for a maximum of two films at two occasions.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for translation of the film(s) and inviting Swedish guest speakers (travel costs and remuneration). Application for assistance is included in the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

After a completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Asta Rantanen.

Patterns of the biosphere – we are nature

‘Patterns of the biosphere – we are nature’ is an exhibition and event concept that gives you the possibility to show how different parts of Swedish society work with sustainability. The concept is built around works of art by four of Sweden’s most famous illustrators. The exhibition concept is a cooperate effort by the Swedish Institute (SI), interior design company Svenskt Tenn, the Beijer Institute and design studio Guringo.

This toolkit centres around five posters (98 x 140 cm) presenting Swedish sustainability research. The exhibition uses cultural perspectives to shed light on complex sustainability issues. The purpose is to create an aesthetic platform where Swedish art, design and research facilitates meetings and discussions on sustainability. This is both a format for presenting world-leading Swedish research as well as an opportunity to invite new and unexpected local organisations and  individuals to discussion.

The exhibition was shown for the first time at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm with the purpose of highlighting Svenskt Tenn’s economical commitment to the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Instructions and manuals

Only 10 versions of the exhibition are available, so if you are interested in hosting an exhibit, please contact SI using the application form below to secure your copy now.

Manual for hanging and lighting the exhibition.

Building blocks

Five limited-edition illustration posters produced by Svenskt Tenn. All of them have English text, four are with illustrations and a fifth describes the concept and research. The posters are intended for Swedish foreign missions who are allowed to keep them after the exhibition.

Patterns of the biosphere background facts.

Texts explaining the posters for translation (ENG)

Suggestions for activities that can be arranged in conjunction with the exhibition

A folder in English

Opening speech

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 15,000 SEK for language translation,  production of the exhibition and inviting Swedish guest speaker (travel costs and remuneration). Application is done by filling out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Michael Skoglund.

Estrid Ericson quote and Svenskt Tenn

Svenskt Tenn is an interior design company founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson (1894-1981), who recruited Josef Frank (1885-1967) to the company 10 years later. Together they created a personal interior design style that continues to pervade the collection to this day.

Images for Facebook and Instagram. Use hashtagg: #SvensktTenn and/or #SvensktTennTeaRoom

Quote: ‘The simplicity of the room – the richness of details’.

  • Image one: Estrid Ericson
  • Image two: interior from the Svenskt Tenn store in Stockholm, Sweden