A thriving cultural region
Västra Götaland county in south-west Sweden borders with its rugged coast on the sea to the west and over fertile, extensive agricultural land to lake Vättern in the east. Kultur i Väst is part of the Västra Götaland cultural administration.
Do you work in art and culture? Perhaps in a municipality, organisation, authority, association or in a business? Are you a musician, dancer, artist or involved in culture in another capacity? Is there something missing in your work for you and your organisation in order to move forward in a particular subject or a larger project?
At Kultur i Väst, we have a variety of unique competencies that support getting started or getting ahead in development. We strive to strengthen and develop arts and culture in society. We want everyone in Västra Götaland to have the opportunity to experience as well as create art and culture. To achieve this, we collaborate with other stakeholders, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Kultur i Väst forms one of Region Västra Götaland's cultural administrations, and our work is commissioned by the Cultural Affairs Committee. In order to achieve our goals, we work together with municipalities, authorities and organisations on cultural issues. The foundation of all our work is to increase awareness of the role of culture and reinforce culture in society. We create conditions for a stronger cultural landscape by providing venues, practices, knowledge and skills.
We work with cultural development in three areas:
- Art forms
We work to strengthen and develop the structures within the different fields of art. We aim to provide good opportunities for artists, musicians and other cultural practitioners to live, create and develop in Västra Götaland.
We work to strengthen the role of culture in society, both in the municipality as a whole in addition to within various activities. We aim to raise awareness and demonstrate the difference culture can make to a municipality’s development. We want investment in culture to increase in public, non-profit and private sectors.
All residents of Västra Götaland should have the opportunity to experience culture. This could include concerts, festivals, author visits, film screenings or other events. We work with organisers to broaden their opportunities and help them offer a more diverse range of events.
We function as a sounding board, network builder and innovator in development, projects and activities involved with culture, or for those who want to get started working on cultural issues.
We are consultants, which means we support you with strategies and plans, process assistance, projects, events, venues, practices, knowledge and skills. We operate according to a specific working model and draw up an agreement when working together for a longer period of time.
We arrange courses and continuing education to empower individuals, spread knowledge, inspire and inform about the importance of culture. We put together some courses ourselves, while other courses are devised with our target groups to meet specific needs.
We employ artists and produce tours in various genres to spread music across Västra Götaland. We are committed to ensuring there is diversity, quality and breadth in musical productions. We also provide the organisational and marketing support for these productions.
Communication, knowledge sharing and research
Communication is a way for us to reinforce culture, inspire and inform about the significance of culture for society. We share research, publications, newsletters, videos, blogs and websites. We also provide meeting places where industry and research come together.
We organise a number of different networks, which give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and develop different professions.
We support organisers in Västra Götaland. We administer organiser support for children and young people, issuing grants to the region’s organisers to provide greater opportunities to expand the offerings for our young target audience.
What we can do for you
Kultur i Väst has extensive knowledge when it comes to development in the fields of art and culture. We can become involved in the process when you need to develop all or part of your project. We work comprehensively with broad and strategic cultural issues, and can also get involved with and support initiatives within a specific area of the arts. Our efforts vary; sometimes a few calls or meetings will suffice, while sometimes collaboration is extended over several years. Alongside, you can see the perspectives that are especially important for us.
These perspectives are particularly important for us:
- Children and young people
We give children and young people opportunities to experience and practise culture. We’re committed to increasing efforts in culture for children and young people.
- Gender equality
We work with equal opportunities for women and men; girls and boys should have the same conditions to pursue culture and enjoy the same opportunities to take part in cultural life.
We aim to strengthen the possibilities of a diverse cultural life and support culture that does not usually take place in society.
We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience and practise culture even if they have a physical or mental disability. Focusing on these perspectives is a matter of democracy, justice and quality.
You can read more about our work at kulturivast.se. Here you can subscribe to our newsletter and order or download publications, writings, inspirational guides, method books and tutorials.
Do you want to talk about cultural issues from a broader perspective, without focusing on a specific form of art? Are you unsure exactly who to contact? Feel free to contact any of us. At kulturivast.se/kontakt you’ll find all employees and contact information.
Regionens hus, 405 44 Göteborg
Rosenlundsgatan 4, 411 20 Göteborg
031-333 51 00
031-333 51 01 (front desk)
info [at] kulturivast.se
Kultur i Väst has approximately 80 employees. These primarily include consultants, producers, communicators and administrators who work in various ways to ensure that culture secures a self-evident and important role in society. Most of us are located in Gothenburg, but we are also stationed in Borås and Skövde. Kultur i Väst's Acting Executive Director is Bengt Källgren.