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Ladies and gentlemen,
Stockholm has long been an important scene for art, literature and film; for music, theatre and dance. Culture has shaped our capital and continues to do so.
Today, I am delighted to open the Stockholm Art Week 2021 and the UN World Innovation and Creativity Day Sweden.
As an alumni ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, I am convinced that creativity and innovation are keys to achieving a better future for all.
In a time where we are offered simple answers, we need to protect our ability to ask questions. Art and culture strengthen that ability, helping us to understand ourselves – and each other.
They help us appreciate our differences – but also, to see how much there is that unites us, as humans, across time and space.
I hope that this day and the week ahead will inspire more young people to find their creative voice, to trust it – and to use it.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honour to declare Stockholm Art Week 2021 open!