Crown Princess Victoria has officially opened Stockholm Art Week, releasing a video message to welcome patrons, while also celebrating UN World Innovation and Creativity Day Sweden.
In a message released by the Swedish Royal House, Crown Princess Victoria said: “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.”
Stockholm Art Week aims to “celebrate Sweden’s vibrant art scene aims to promote the visual arts to a wider audience and showcase Sweden as a global art destination,” as stated on the organisation’s official website. All throughout the week, art galleries and other venues will highlight Sweden’s strength as a global cultural site.
Crown Princess Victoria’s speech on April 21 continued, saying that art and culture “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 honor to declare Stockholm Art Week 2021 open!”
Crown Princess Victoria’s message was released on the United Nations’ World Creativity and Innovation Day. This year, the aim is to celebrate the creative economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the world.
The UN’s acting Secretary-General for the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Isabelle Durant, said on their website, “The creative industries are critical to the sustainable development agenda. They stimulate innovation and diversification, are an important factor in the burgeoning services sector, support entrepreneurship, and contribute to cultural diversity.”