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Chinese Artist Li Li’s works exhibited during Stockholm Kulturnatt

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, May 16 (Greenpost)– Chinese Artist Li Li’s works has been exhibited at the Belt and Road Nordic Spring International Peace and Cultural Festival as well as Stockholm Kulturnatt.

Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou spoke at the exhibition.

“I believe the cultural festival, art exhibition and film playing will be conducive to Sino-Swedish relations and world peace because cultural communication is also part of belt and road initiative.” said Gui.

Xuefei Chen Axelsson, President of China-Europe Cultural Association said that the main purpose of the exhibition is to contribute to world peace and cultural exchange and improving mutual understanding between the two sides.

A total of 200 people attended the cultural festival.  Li Li’s art works were part of the cultural festival.  Li Li is a member of China’s Artists Association.

More photos:

Text and photo by Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

 

 

ABBA THE MUSEUM OPENS A NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION

 STOCKHOLM, May 9 (Greenpost)– FOLLOW THE STORY OF THE MEMBERS FROM 1982 UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY – THE NEW EXHIBITION OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 8th 2018!

See, whether it is purposely or not, it is true that the promotion was decided to be on May 8th, 2018! 8 matters not only in China, but also in Sweden, because it sounds good luck and wealth in Chinese. 

36 years have passed since Sweden’s most successful music export stopped playing together, but these days their songs are listened to more than ever before. ABBA The Museum celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2018 and is marking the occasion by opening a new interactive exhibition with 15 new attractions.

Five years ago ABBA museum opened and the news spreaded to all over the world due to the international correspondent, maybe, at least a young friend coming from Paris told me that she just liked to have a visit to ABBA when she came to visit Stockholm late last year.

The new exhibition at ABBA The Museum begins with a film produced by Jonas Åkerlund, with material from all four members’ own projects from 1982 until the present day. The various attractions include the Chess display (where visitors can try their hand at conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in an interactive experience to the score of Chess or One Night In Bangkok), the Mamma Mia! display (where visitors can virtually help Donna paint a door and window shutters), and the BAO display (where visitors can dance to the Benny Anderssons Orkester as it is projected on the wall). The exhibition also features special displays dedicated to the careers and solo projects of the four members after 1982, with video clips, live performances and newly recorded interviews.

– We depict the musicals, solo albums and films through the use of both digital and analogue techniques. In true ABBA The Museum style we create imaginative settings and tell the story with exciting interactivity, says Ingmarie Halling, Creative Director/Curator, ABBA The Museum.

– Some music never dies – it multiplies, is the best way to sum up the new interactive exhibition, which will be an important complement to the existing attractions at ABBA The Museum. The pop sensation that was ABBA remains a never-ending source of musical inspiration, and it is only right that we have a permanent exhibition dedicated to the worldwide achievements of the band’s members. This exhibition will provide a huge boost, not only for the museum itself, but for the whole of Djurgården as a tourist attraction in Stockholm. I heartily welcome visitors from all corners of the globe to ABBA The Museum on May 8th 2018, says Mattias Tengblad, Managing Director and Group CEO, ABBA The Museum at POP House Stockholm.

INTRO FILM – Jonas Åkerlund has produced a new film! It signals the start of the new exhibition. Visitors get to enjoy a 4-minute-long film with material from all four members’ own projects from 1982 until the present day.

THE AIRPORT – Visitors get to go through a gate at Stockholm-Arlanda airport that symbolises when the four band members flew to London for a record release that would turn out to be their last such release together as ABBA.

CHESS – The Conductor, an interactive experience. A chance to try one’s hand as a conductor to the score of the musical pieces Chess and One Night In Bangkok. The points are saved on the ticket.

LYRICS – On two walls in the exhibition we focus on lyric writing in general and Björn Ulvaeus in particular. This attraction includes interviews with Kristina Lugn and Marie Nilsson from Ainbusk Singers, who discuss their views on writing lyrics.

BAO – A dance floor where visitors can experience, and dance to, the Benny Anderssons Orkester as it is projected on one of the walls.

FRIDA AND AGNETHA – Two ”houses” dedicated to Frida and Agnetha and their solo projects and careers after 1982. This attraction includes clips from music videos, live performances and interviews as well as original clothes etc.

KRISTINA FRÅN DUVEMÅLA – Original objects from the 1995 production of Kristina Från Duvemåla, including the stove that is the centrepiece of the room. This attraction also allows visitors to see and listen to songs from the musical.

QUIZ – A chance for visitors to test their knowledge about the four members and their respective projects after 1982.

BJÖRN AND BENNY – An attraction dedicated to Björn and Benny’s own projects, including newly recorded interviews and press clips from their various adventures.

MAMMA MIA! – An attraction that provides visitors with the experience of virtually painting a door and window shutters on Donna’s house – Help Donna fix the house. Other features include video clips from both Mamma Mia! films, behind-the-scenes material and original clothes. Adjacent to this attraction there is also a display of the original model for Mamma Mia! The Party that was made by Bengt Fröderberg and Anna Söderberg.

MIXBOX – A chance for visitors to mix music by using various pre-recorded soundtracks.

SING-ALONG WITH KALLE MORAEUS – This attraction provides an opportunity to interact with Kalle Moraeus and Göran Arnberg from BAO. Visitors are also invited to sing along when they perform Thank You For The Music!

LISTENING STATIONS – A chance to listen to all the music created by the four members after 1982.

精彩视频:斯德哥尔文化之夜一带一路北欧之春国家和平文化节现场实况

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 4月21日,斯德哥尔摩风和日丽,晴空万里,春意盎然。在恒运阁饭店挤满了人群,原来是斯德哥尔摩文化之夜一带一路北欧之春国际和平文化节和李丽国画展在这里举行。下面请看精彩的文艺演出部分实况:

Acupuncture Science Association in Sweden’s yearly meeting held in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, April 25(Greenpost)—Acupuncture Science Association in Sweden held its first yearly meeting in Stockholm on April 21.

Yang Chungui, President of the association made an important speech.

He reiterated that his association is  a member of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies, observes the latter’s charter and relevant regulatations as well as Swedish relevant regulations. It also observes the WHO’s acupuncture standards which conduct treatment according to standards, aims at improving acupuncture doctors medical level and better serves the patients.

Yang expressed his gratitude to Swedish counterparts, Chinese Ambassador Gui who attended the Belt and Road Acupuncture seminar in 2017 and colleagues Elisa Liao, Xuehong Ma Yang, Dongqing Zhang, Defeng Lin, Sandra Tiejun Chen, Mehdi Ghazi, Shuhui Hu, Tie Xu and other colleagues for their donation to the association enabling the convening of the international academic exchange.

Yang said the association has developed rapidly over the past year. Another 14 acupuncture doctor passed the exam. Many of them have practised acupuncture for over 20 years. Academic exchanges continued. 2017 Sino-Swedish Belt and Road Acupuncture Summit Forum was held and a seminar on three needle treatment was also held.

Yang suggested an international acupuncture trade union be established and a website on Chinese acupuncture set up in order to better serve the acupuncture doctors and patients.

Yukio Danisman made a finance report on the association’s accountancy.

Bengt Wahrolen, a senior lawyer made an important speech on collective insurance for the acupuncture doctors . He promised to help pushing the Swedish Leg. Akupunktur Doktor and make them compatible with the Swedish medical care system.

Wahrolen also stated that after auditing, it is proved that the association’s funding came from their members yearly fee and members donation. They haven’t received any  government subsidies.

Then President Yang and Vice President Zhang Dongqing issued certificate for the 14 members who passed the exams.

All the doctors got a white uniform, a medal and a name bar to show their responsible attitude.

Vice President Zhang led the doctors to study the association’s charter and President Yang talked about the financial management system in the association.

Secretary Li explained Swedish International Acupuncture Doctors Management System.  During the discussion, all the questions from the members were answered showing the completion of the association’s various regulations and systems.

Vice President Zhang gave a presentation on Clinic Experience of Acupuncture Against Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Sweden.

Doctor Li Jian on Application of modern medicine and TCM on the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

After academic exchange, all the doctors went to Doctor Yang’s clinic. Doctor Yang gave two patients’ treatment with embedding thread acupuncture. This method proved to be effective  for those who cannot get pregnant.

Doctor Defeng Lin showed his burning acupuncture method. The free treatment meeting stimulated even more heated discussions in sharing experiences and members have great confidence in the association’s acupuncture treatment level and formation of Swedish acupuncture legislation to accept these doctors’ treatment into the Swedish system.

Finally, the acupuncture doctors attended the Stockholm Kulturnatt Belt and Road Nordic Spring International Peace and Cultural Festival to enjoy some beautiful music and dances.

The yearly meeting was hosted by Vice Secretary Youji Lin and council member Yang Xi served as interpreter between Chinese and Swedish.

About 30 member doctors attended the meeting which also had a Taiji show in the middle.

 

Text and Photo/Xuefei Chen Axelsson. Part of the photos are from the association.

今日头条:瑞典针灸学术研究学会会员大会于斯德哥尔摩胜利召开

2018 “Belt and Road” Nordic Spring Peace and Culture Festival held on Stockholm Cultural Night

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, April. 21(Greenpost) – 2018 Belt and Road Nordic Spring Peace and Cultural Festival and Li Li’s Chinese Paintings Exhibition  have been successfully held as a part of Stockholm Cultural Night which was a cooperation with over 100 museums, galleries, opera houses and other cultural locations to open free to the public from 18:00-24:00 on April 21.

The festival was held by China-Europe Cultural Association, Professional Foreign journalist Association or PROFOCA in cooperation with Chinese Teachers Association in Sweden.

Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou spoke highly about the festival.

“The opening of the Stockholm Cultural Night and Belt and Road International Peace and Cultural Festival is of great significance in such a period of time. China and Sweden have enjoyed  very good relations and the bilateral relations are on a new historical starting point with great potential to tap. With Chinese style in  Stockholm Cultural Night, it will make the night even more beautiful and be conducive to Sino-Swedish relations. ” said Ambassador Gui.

“China proposes Belt and Road initiative based on the principle of discussing together, jointly building and sharing the result to improve relations with various countries and  expand cooperation with various countries. People to people relation is one of the five parts of belt and road initiative and cultural exchange is an important way to communicate with each other. ”  he said.

“I understand that tonight there will be a big banquet of culture including instrument performance, dancing and singing, and Chinese woman artist Li Li’s painting and the Chinese film Romance on the Lushan Mountain, I hope you all have a good evening.  ” said Ambassador Gui.

China-Europe Cultural Association is a non-political , non-religious organization consisting 75% of Chinese women in Sweden aiming at enhancing Chinese culture and enrich their life in Sweden and serving as a bridge between China and Sweden.

Ambassador Gui said he also welcomed journalists from PROFOCA and other foreign friends to visit China. Over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, China has experienced great changes. Since the 18th Party’s Congress, China has entered a new era. Now China enjoys stable social and political environment and high quality economic development.  Nearly 1.3 billion people have shrugged off poverty and the rest 50 million will eradicate their poverty situation by 2020. In the International arena, China plays an important role in maintaining world peace, security and stability.  It is a main force for world harmony. I believe the journalists can find some good news from China.

Xuefei Chen Axelsson, President of China-Europe Cultural Association and PROFOCA explained why they held this event.

She said to be part of the Stockholm Cultural Night made her proud to be able to contribute to the cultural life in Stockholm with some Chinese flavour. This is also a sign that Sweden is open and international.

“We hold 2018 Belt and Road Nordic Spring Peace and Culture Festival in order to guard world peace.  Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping is not to impose Chinese influence by purpose, but treat it as a way to promote peace and development. Sweden was the destination of the maritime silk road taking the boat Gothenburg as an example. We like to promote cultural exchanges between China and Sweden and China and Europe. ” said Chen Axelsson.

“The third is to celebrate the exhibition of Beijing women artist Li Li. Although it is a small scale of 30 small pieces of paintings, it is profound and a real action of bilateral cultural exchange. ” she said.

As a journalist herself, Chen Axelsson said while China insists on peace and development, some other parts of the world are not very peaceful. She held that violence and conflict are the biggest enemy of sustainable development. We condemn all kinds of violence.  Violence and conflict are a result of illiteracy. Belt and Road initiative aims to avoid violence and conflict. Through peace and development, people’s living standards can be improved. Without peace, there will be no development. We must value the peaceful environment. We believe that cultural exchange is conducive to understanding between different people and countries, and further avoid conflict and maintain world peace and stability.

Last year, we held the first Nordic Spring International Cultural Festival, we also held other cultural activities such as holding lectures and listening to Chinese actor Pu Chunxin’s presentation held in Chinese Cultural Center . By learning Chinese culture, we feel more peaceful and life is more joyful.  By going to China and reporting the Party Congress, I saw China’s peaceful transition to a new era aiming at wiping out poverty completely and building a modern Chinese society. We shall continue to work hard to serve the members and contribute to Sino-Swedish good relations.

The performances began with Swedish Chinese Children’s choir’s singing.

Dong Jiajun’s Hulusi performance is very beautiful. The music is really very good for ear. Hulusi is an instrument from China’s Yunnan Province, Southwest China.

He Ruiyu sang the song Rolling up the Bamboo Curtain beautifully.

Chinese women choir also sang very well. Some of them are the mothers of the children’s choir .

Natali Dansstudio’s girls brought modern dance.

Tang Shiyu sang a beautiful Chinese song called the size of the heaven.

 

Li Zhanchun sang Tianbian, Little Populars Tree and I love you China reminding us the beautiful China of the 1980s.

Ric Wasserman sang Bob Dylan’s song Blowing in the wind.

Li Jia sang a song about Chinese River Liuyanghe.

Zhai Yijia played erhu horse racing, a master piece by Erhu.

Hao Jingxia sang the classic Kunqu Dream in the Garden looking like Peking opera.

Uppsala Confucius Class pupils performed a singing and dancing program attracting the attention of other children.

Xuefei Chen Axelsson sang an inner Mongolian song Take me to the Prairie.

Finally Ambassador Gui and all the artists and guests sang together My Motherland led by Li Jia.

 

Ric Wasserman also sang many other blues style songs with American flavour making the festival international.

Beijing woman artist Li Li’s paintings stand by the wall around the hall which hosts more than 200 people.

The programs attracts Swedish, Russians, Americans and Chinese.  The Chinese food is also part of Chinese culture.

Finally a film Romance on Lushan Mountain was played to end the cultural night at midnight.

Also present at the cultural night were Dou Chunxiang, Education Consular, Zhang Lei, Consular department director, Consular Li Xiaojie and Luo Jinsheng. Ye Peiqun, Execultive President of Sveriges Kinesiska Förbund, Duan Maoli, Anhui Association of Science and Commerce in Sweden, Jack Yu, President of Sino-Swedish Life Science Association, Yin Chang, Kinesiska Riksförbundet I Sverige, Sun Kai, President of Chinese Teachers Association in Sweden, Zhao Lijie, Vice President of China-Europe Cultural Association, Zhouzheng, Secretary of Europe-Asia Cultural Promotion Association, Yang Chungui, President of  Acupuncture Science Association Sweden and Zhao Lijie, Vice President of China-Europe Cultural Association.

The festival was hosted by Åsa and Arthur Lou Guofeng.

Text/Xuefei Chen Axelsson,  Photo/Wu Ming.

图片新闻:挪威市容市貌和旅游景点

北欧绿色邮报网图片报道(记者陈雪霏)– 2011年,随团到挪威旅行。住在Scandic饭店。

这就是恐怖袭击前的奥斯陆。当时阴云密布。但是,总的来说,奥斯陆的建筑还是非常大气的。都是方方正正,带有棱角的。这可能就是北方人的特点吧。

这坡度虽然比较缓,但是距离还是满远的。而且都是大理石,所以走起路来并不轻松。

 

都是实实在在的好材料。

 、

真正的汉白玉大理石,不打折扣。

 

好像没有别人似的。确实,因为我们出发得很早,游客还不是很多。

在巨大建筑面前,人显得很渺小。

奥斯陆音乐厅。

虽然是和平国家,但是,还是把过去的大炮都拿出来展览。

奥斯陆也是绿草茵茵,仲夏节期间,最好的季节,但也还是凉丝丝的。

这是挪威的皇家地段。

 

国防重地,城堡。

奥斯陆音乐厅。

简洁大气。

 

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality to be held on April 15

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Margot Wallström, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Ms Isabella Lövin, and Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ms Ann Linde, as well as the Director-General of the Swedish Institute, Ms Annika Rembe, will host the forum, which is organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute in collaboration with Sida and Folke Bernadotte Academy.

The conference is taking place at a decisive moment. Despite some progress, inequality and discrimination of girls and women remains one of the greatest human rights challenges in our time. The forum mobilises forces to achieve the global goals under Agenda 2030 and will focus on critical issues related to women’s and girls’ rights, representation, and access to resources.

More rights, representation, and resources for women and girls means more peace, security, and prosperity for the world. A feminist foreign policy is the way forward. With this conference, we create a possibility for grassroots and high-level participants from all over the globe to meet, share knowledge, and inspire political leaders, says Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

When we empower women and girls we empower nations and eradicate poverty. It starts with giving every woman and girl the right over her own body, says Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate.

Gender equality contributes to growth in all countries, regardless of the level of development. This has to guide all economic policy-making, including trade, says Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ms Ann Linde.

We see successes but also movements that seek to limit women’s and girls’ rights and range. That’s why the forum is so important. We need to gather forces, share experiences, and disseminate breakthroughs that make a difference for the individual as well as for society at large, says Annika Rembe, Director-General of the Swedish Institute.

Approximately 500 participants are expected from around the world. During the forum, participants will identify the biggest challenges, as well as possible solutions, for the fight for gender equality today. They will share experiences and good examples as well as build networks. Results as well as new initiatives will be brought into local contexts.

Date: 15–17 April

Feature: A Day in Beijing during the NPC Congress and CPPCC Session

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

On March 13th, I got up early because on March 12 I stayed at home and watched Live TV broadcast to cover the National People’s Congress press conferences.  Due to the jetleg, I have to sleep early every day and get up very early.  This is good for me.

Smog, when will you go away?

In the morning, I looked outside through the window and found the smog was more serious than the previous days. But still, it was better than that of five years ago when I was in Beijing on 2013.

I took the bus No 10 outside the courtyard and it took me 20 minutes to arrive at Guomao.  After I got off the bus, I have to walk another 100 meters and then went into the subway.  Still I love it because it saved me a lot more walking.

I took the line one of the Subway to Tiananmen West. I was worried because on Sunday when I took the bus No. 1, it didn’t stop on Tiananmen West. But thanks to CPC, the subway stopped at Tiananmen West.

When I came out of the subway, I saw the trees along the Chang’An Avenue  very beautiful. It looked like an ink painting.  It was foggy and smoggy.

I hurried to the Great Hall of the People. The guards were strict but nice.  Quickly I arrived in the Hall and went through the security. The logistics were good. They provided a safety box and a key so that people could put their extra mobile phone in the box and locked it.

In the morning, it was Li Jianguo from NPC committee who presented explaination on China’s Supervision Law. This law shows the determination of the Communist Party of China to prevent corruption according to law.

Many Chinese delegations have visited Sweden and got to know how Sweden prevents corruption.

Emphasis was also given to supervision and both a Supervision Law and a Supervision department has been established. These are also the spotlights during this congress. It showed that Xi Jinping is determined to  prevent corruption according to law.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang attended the conference.  Li Jianguo presented a report on details of the Supervision law to illustrate why China forms supervision law and how it works to prevent  corruption.

After this report, Wang Yong delivered a report on State Council’s institutional reform.

For years, people feel it is difficult to get rid of the family planning committee. But now it is gone.  In stead, with the call from the soldiers, a new department on retired soldiers has been established to take care of their pension.

National Land Resources Ministry has been changed to Natural Resources Ministry. State Forestry Ministry has been taken away. More emphasis has been put on the rural areas development and environment protection.

Overall,  the State Council has cutt off 8 ministries, but also promoted some other ministries.  Foreign Affairs Ministry remains at the same level.

Tourism and Cultural Ministry merged into one and it was welcomed.

Delegates think the reform of the institutions  is quite reasonable.

After that, I went to Fulihua  at Nan Lishilu area. I used to work in those area and I miss it very much.

So I went to the Molly shop where I used to buy clothes.  I bought four clothes.  I took a bowl of noodles for lunch.

And then I hurried to Great Hall of the People.  The reason for it is that there is an open press conference in the Xinjiang Ugyor Autonomous Region delegation.  Kurban,  a Ugyor who used to ride a donkey to come to Beijing to see  late Chairman Mao. Now his great grand daughter becomes the delegate representing the hometown people.

She said she worked in the Liaoning Submarine before she became the delegate.  With her family’s experience,  she saw the great changes in their life for better  in Xinjiang.

She said in particular, President Xi Jinping put up forward a policy that the Chinese cadres should help the Ugyor families to form a partnership.  This way leads to the Ugyor family to eradicate poverty quickly.  The Ugyors feel honored to have a Han cadre to be their contact.

She said she would follow her great grand father’s step and continue to work hard to improve the local people’s living standards.

Unity among different ethnic groups in Xinjiang is an important task to keep the region safe, stable and prosperous.

Tourism is an important industry in the region and also key for poverty eradication.

Xinjiang is a beautiful place.  It also receives support from Zhejiang Province as another kind of partnership.  That means the Chinese government asks the eastern provinces to help western provinces and regions.  This is also a good way to narrow down the gap between eastern and western regions.

After this press conference, I went back to the shop to fetch my clothes because I couldn’t take a lot of things to the Great Hall of the People.

In the evening, I met my former colleagues.  She said I can take bus No. 1 to Ritanlu from Nanlishilu.  I remember there were bus 52, 57 and 1. But now neither 52 nor 57  travel so long. Only bus No. 1 kept its pride to drive on the Chang’s Avenue, the No. 1 road in Beijing.

It is true that it goes quickly and I can get off directly in front of Beijing Radio.  Then we went to a Yunnan style restaurant to eat a hotpot sour fish, but not as sour as herring in Sweden.

One can put noddles into the pot and with some vegetables, it became a good meal.  We talked a lot about why I left Beijing for Sweden and what I did over the years.

They said your zigzagging life sounds very interesting and you should write a book about it.  I said I have written a big part of it but I never know how to end it. So it is going on but no end.

Then they drove me home which sits outside the third ringroad.  I was moved by their hospitality and felt very glad that almost every family nowadays has one or two cars in Beijing.

Beijing was shrounded with smog and the trees look like an ink painting.

When I came in to the apartment, I felt I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep.  I watched wechat news and then tried to sleep again. But it was one thirty already.

Ingmar Bergman’s 100th anniversary celebrated all over the world

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson


Photographer/Source: © Bengt Wanselius

“Bergmania” is sweeping the world in celebration of what would have been the legendary director’s 100th birthday. New digitisations of his films by the Swedish Film Institute have enabled the entire world to participate in the celebration, according to a press release from the Bergman Foundation.

– The huge interest in celebrating Bergman 100 exceeds our highest expectations! Though great art is indeed timeless, it still needs the support from public and private institutions to remain available. Most importantly, though, it needs the support of the audience. The art of Bergman, luckily, enjoys all of these, says Jan Holmberg, CEO at the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.

In the beginning of February the Ingmar Bergman-fever reached New York as Film Forum opened its centennial celebration of the Swedish director, with a five week retrospective, screening 47 of his feature films. The program has been praised as “the repertory of the year” and has drawn great accolades from fans and critics with reviews in high profile New York-based magazines such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker wrote “The world of Ingmar Bergman is hereby declared open. It contains multitudes. Everyone is welcome.”

BFI programmer Geoff Andrew crowned Bergman as “the ultimate auteur” in his introductory speech for BFI’s Ingmar Bergman: A Definitive Film Season, a three month celebration that marks the centenary of the film-makers birth. As part of BFI celebrations of the centenary of Ingmar Bergman, many of his films will be returning to cinemas across the UK. From February 21 through April 14, London’s Old Vic presents Fanny & Alexander, an adaptation for the stage of Bergman’s 1982 semi-autobiographical work.

Back in continental Europe, the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia in Rome generated long lines circling around the theatre as they screened the Bergman retrospective. In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum is staging a complete retrospective of Bergman’s filmography. In the Austrian newspaper Die Presse, hailed Bergmans films as “keeping us looking fearlessly into the mirror, their reflections are acid baths for the soul”.

Film retrospectives and screenings will continue all over the world, among them Tel Aviv, Singapore, Detroit, Beijing, Montreal, Madrid, Moscow, Prague, Berlin, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Bogota, Taipei, Chicago, Paris, Toronto, Ljublijana, Geneva and Mexico City.

– The fact that Ingmar Bergman’s films can be shown in this way worldwide is thanks to the Swedish Film Institute’s digitisation project. Three years ago, we decided that all of Bergman’s films would be digitised and translated into English by 2018, says Mathias Roensgren, Director of Film Heritage at the Swedish Film Institute.

In Scandinavia, among almost countless Bergman-related events, the cinematheques in Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo started their all year long retrospectives. The Museum Hallwyl in Stockholm is showcasing a selection of women’s costumes featured in Bergman’s films. This year will also witness an extensive Bergman-related book release (more than 40 titles); including the Swedish publishing house Nordstedts releasing six volumes of mostly previously unpublished material written by the director.

The Oscars-weekend is fast approaching and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film is Ruben Östlund’s The Square. This could make it the first Swedish film to win the award since Fanny & Alexander at the 1984 ceremony. Bergman received three Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film during his career including The Virgin Spring(1960) and Through a Glass Darkly (1961), placing him second only to Federico Fellini, and received nine other Academy Award-nominations for his films. Watch actress Harriet Anderson accepting the award on Bergman’s behalf at the 1962 ceremony.

For more information, visit http://www.ingmarbergman.se/

The Swedish Film Institute works to promote film across the board – from idea to finished product, during launch in Sweden and around the world, and by preserving films for posterity in our archives. The Guldbagge Awards are Sweden’s leading film awards and have been presented by The Swedish Film Institute since 1964. In our database The Swedish Film Database you can search for information about all Swedish feature-length films released at the cinema since 1897.

Lost Swedish silent film rediscovered in France(瑞典丢失的哑巴电影找回来了)

Lost Swedish silent film rediscovered in France


Judaspengar/The Price of Betrayal (images from the Swedish Film Institute’s Film Archive)

The Film Heritage Direction of the CNC in Bois d’Arcy has rediscovered a print of the long lost Judaspengar/The Price of Betrayal, directed by Victor Sjöström in 1915.

The sensational find was announced in October last year, and the element which was identified is a nitrate Swiss distribution print from the film's release, with French and German intertitles. The unearthed print is almost complete and is 755 meters, compared to the film's original length of 799 meters.

The film was produced by AB Svenska Biografteatern and was shot in the summer of 1915, and premiered in November the same year at Paladsteatret in Copenhagen. Egil Eide and John Ekman play the main characters in this drama where poverty and hardship leads an unemployed man to give up his friend, wrongly accused of murder.

The director, Victor Sjöström is together with Mauritz Stiller the big name within Swedish silent film era. Sjöström was active in the theater as director and actor when he was brought into the film industry in 1912 by Charles Magnusson, director of the studio Svenska Biografteatern. During his first five years, Sjöström directed no less than 30 films, of which the most famous is the masterpiece Ingeborg Holm (1913. 

About Judaspengar, the daily paper Svenska Dagbladet wrote in their review "Standing on the top of what film drama can offer, and with Victor Sjöström's artistic directing, this masterpiece comes very close."


— This is a fantastic discovery. With this film we get yet another important piece of the puzzle in Sjöström’s career that helps to understand the development of the silent film in Sweden. Judaspengar / The Price of Betrayal is not only an extremely powerful drama about poverty and betrayal, but also show Sjöström’s outstanding qualities as director in terms of image compositions and character direction. We are very pleased to be able to collaborate with the archive in Bois d’Arcy, says Jon Wengström, Curator of the Archival film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute.

*) Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée/ National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image

CNC and the Swedish Film Institute will collaborate on the restoration of the film in 2018, when viewing copies also will be made. With this discovery, 16 of Sjöström’s 42 Swedish silent films are preserved.

For more information and press related matters, please contact the undersigned.

Stockholm, February 20th.

Ms. Song Jingli Accompanies the Queen of Sweden for the Opening of Chinese photographer’s Exhibition

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Feb.1 (Greenpost)–On 7 December,  Ms. Song Jingli, wife of Chinese Ambassador to Sweden accompanied H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden to attend the opening ceremony of the Chinese photographer Li Yanan’s photo exhibition at Millesgården in Stockholm.

The two sides had a cordial and friendly conversation.

They agreed both China and Sweden were great nations with a time-honoured history and splendid culture, and that closer cultural exchanges could help enhance the traditional friendship between the two peoples and promote cooperation between the two countries.

Well-known Chinese photographer in Sweden Li Yanan’s photos on Millersgården was exhibited in the famous Nobel issuing place Stockholm Concert Hall for the whole summer in 2016. Now the photos are permanently exhibited in the top hall in Millersgarden, as part of the Millersgarden which holds all the sculputure works of the famous Swedish sculptor Millers.

独家专访: 一个展览,一本书,一次东西方文化的碰撞--著名华人摄影师李亚男“诺贝尔颁奖大厅”大展,暨新书发布

瑞典华人华侨参观《米勒斯的四季-李亚男摄影展》

Long Yuxiang Meets SCEA President Zhang Qiaozhen in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 16(Greenpost)—Visiting CPPCC member and Executive Director of China International Cultural Communication Center Long Yuxiang has met Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in Stockholm on Jan. 13, 2018. They have exchanged ideas on promoting cooperation between China and Sweden in cultural, economic and sports sectors especially in ice hockey.

Zhang Qiaozhen has expressed warm welcome and deep gratitude  to Long Yuxiang’s visit. She said that SCEA is an information exchange platform for Swedish and Chinese entrepreneurs and was established on November  2015.  It mainly focuses on  environmental protection, energy saving technology, clean energy, biomedicine, life science, electronic information etc.

Zhang Qiaozhen said SCEA will try its best to provide a friendship bridge across the border and cultures between the two sides. It is a platform for scientific research, finance, trade and talented people. In the areas of  winter sports in particular ice hockey, China has made a great leap forward development in recent years and are looking forward to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Zhang said SCEA hopes to be able to join hands with China International Cultural Communication Center to do its best in ice hockey cooperation and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Long Yuxiang has thanked Zhang Qiaozhen for her contribution in pushing forward  exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. He said Sweden is an important country in Europe and the largest country in Nordic region. It has advanced economic and technological development. Its Swedish Model in social governance is well-known in the world.

Long said Sino-Swedish friendship has had a long history and Sweden is the first western country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with China.  In recent years, Sino-Swedish relations developed steadily and cooperation in various fields are deepened. As an important window for China to conduct cultural exchange with foreign countries, China International Cultural Communication Center has been engaged in making national cultural brand, holding the responsibility of attracting foreign culture towards the future, and established friendly relations with 130 countries in the world.

“President Xi Jinping has paid important attention to ice hockey development and made a series of directories for hosting 2022 winter Olympics. Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club was established on June 25, 2016 witnessed by both Chinese and Russian Presidents. It symbolizes the birth of the first Chinese World class Ice Hockey Club. Since its establishment, it has seriously implemented Xi Jinping’s important mandate in order to promote Chinese Ice Hockey team to achieve excellent achievements in Winter Olympics. It has made great progress in improving Chinese ice hockey teams’ overall level. It also takes “belt and road” initiative as its mission to promote sports and culture exchanges. ”

Long Yuxiang said his center is more than willing to exchange and cooperate with Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in promoting bilateral cultural , economic and sports especially ice hockey exchange and cooperation.

Yue Xinyu, founder of Beijing Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club, Zhang Shouting, Nordic Sustainable Development Association, Zhang Shaobin, President of Shenzhen Kong Wah Real Estate Group, Zhang Shenhua, President of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Rongtai Investment AB were also present at the meeting.

Photo/text Xuefei Chen Axelsson

China welcomes Sweden to cooperate in ice sports:Chinese Ambassador Gui

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 14(Greenpost)–Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou has said China warmly welcome Sweden to cooperate and exchange with China in ice and snow sports.

He made this remark at Sweden-China Cultural Economic Sports Summit Forum held on Saturday in Stockholm.  The forum was sponsored by Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Association and supported by the visiting China International Communication Center and Beijing Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club delegation and the Chinese Embassy to Sweden.

“I am very grateful for the visit with my invitation within a short time because it shows China’s great enthusiasm in ice hockey and paying great attention to bilateral exchange in ice sports with Sweden. It is well-known that Sweden is a strong country in ice hockey and other ice sports. I sincerely hope Swedish friends to seize this precious chance to actively conduct ice and snow sports exchange with China, jointly push Sino-Swedish relations in ice and snow sports to further develop and make great contribution to international Olympic Sports and world’s sports cause.” said Gui.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Association said her association likes to make their contribution to promote Sino-Swedish Ice sports cooperation.

“As Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Association, we’re willing to serve as a good bridge between Sweden and China in Sports and Cultural exchanges. We’re going to have detail discussions in this field.”

K-G Stoppel, Vice CEO of Swedish Djurgardens IF Hockey Club said that as a representative from the Ice Hockey circle, he thinks it is very important to promote and spread ice hockey.

“I think there is no better cooperation than with China. I fully agree that Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olypics will be a great chance for Chinese to increase their interest in ice sports. Considering Swedish Ice Hockey’ long history and our expertise in ice hockey and other ice sport training, I think we can cooperate with Chinese side in providing training for Chinese players, I look forward to further cooperation.  ”

But he warned that ice hockey is a sport that needs a lot of time, energy and sweat. It takes a long time to make breakthrough.

Long Yuxiang, CEO of China International Cultural Communicaiton Center expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador’s invitation and the hospitality of Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Association and the Swedish friends. He said his center was founded in 1984 and has become an important window for China’s cultural exchange with other countries. It has cultural exchanges with 130 countries in the world. He stressed that Chinese President Xi Jinping has paid great attention to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics which will provide a lot of opportunities for Ice Hockey players.

“Sweden is our dreamed country in ice sports. I believe we will establish deep friendship through cultural and sports in particular ice hockey. I sincerely welcome Swedish Ice Hockey Association to visit us. We have established eight Ice hockey clubs in China within just one year, we plan to establish 20 Ice Hockey Clubs this year. Chances are equal for everyone, but if Sweden comes first, we prefer to cooperate with you.”

Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club also presented their ice jersey to their Swedish counterparts while Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association also presented their presents to the honorary guests.

Goran Tidstrom, Vice Chairman of the Board of Djurgardens IF Hockey Club and Swedish Ice Hockey Association Board Member, Mickael Tellqvist, Former Goal Keeper and Martin Lundby from Swedish Ice Hockey Association were also present at the forum.

The forum was organized by Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Association and supported by China International Cultural Communication Center and the Chinese Embassy in Sweden.

Han Xiaodong, Counselor of Commerce and Pu Zhengdong, Counselor of Culture of the Chinese Embassy, Shouting Zhang, President of Nordic Sustainable Development Association, Zhang Shaobin, President of Shenzhen Kong-wah Real Estate Group, Zhang Shenhua from Shenzhen Xinyu Fund and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Rongtai Investment AB were also present at the forum.

Photo/text  Xuefei Chen Axelsson

今日头条:中瑞文化经济体育高峰论坛在斯德哥尔摩举行

 

 

Nominations for the 2017 Guldbagge Awards announced in Sweden

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan.4(Greenpost)– 2017 Guldbagge Awards nominations has been announced, according to a press release from Swedish Film Institute today.
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The awards are named after the Swedish word for the rose chafer beetle. Photo: Johan Bergmark

 

At a press conference in Stockholm today the nominations for the Guldbagge Awards for the film year of 2017 were announced. Borg/McEnroe stands out with ten nominations, followed by The Nile Hilton Incident with eight. Ravens and Sámi Blood both have seven nominations. The Guldbagge Awards is arranged by the Swedish Film Institute and will be held on 22 January.

 

A jury of 34 members came to the following result with regards to the nominations for the 2017 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s national film awards. Special committees agreed on the nominations in the categories Best Short Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Foreign Language Film. The nominations are listed in alphabetical order.  

Best film

Borg/McEnroe (Borg)
Produced by: Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro

Ravens (Korparna)
Produced by: Jan Marnell, Tom Persson and Jens Assur

Sámi Blood (Sameblod)
Produced by: Lars G. Lindström

The Nile Hilton Incident 
Produced by: Kristina Åberg

The Square 
Produced by: Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober

Best Director

Janus Metz
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Amanda Kernell
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Tarik Saleh
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Ruben Östlund
for The Square

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jennie Silfverhjelm
for Malin in All Inclusive

Evin Ahmad
for Mirja in Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare)

Lene Cecilia Sparrok
for Elle Marja in Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Mia Skäringer
for Anna in Sunny Side (Solsidan)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Sverrir Gudnason
for Björn Borg in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Reine Brynolfsson
for Agne in Ravens (Korparna)

Fares Fares
for Noredin in The Nile Hilton Incident 

Claes Bang 
for Christian in The Square

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Gizem Erdogan
for Sarah in Beyond Dreams (Dröm vidare)

Julia Kijowska
for Agnieszka in Strawberry Days (Jordgubbslandet)

Maria Heiskanen
for Gärd in Ravens (Korparna)

Mia Erika Sparrok
for Njenna in Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Shia LaBeouf
for John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Stellan Skarsgård
for Lennart Bergelin in Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Przemyslaw Sadowski
for Jan in Strawberry Days (Jordgubbslandet)

Yasser Ali Maher 
for Kammal in The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Screenplay

Maud Nycander, Jannike Åhlund and Kersti Grunditz Brennan 
for Citizen Schein

Can Demirtas and Ivica Zubak 
for A Hustler’s Diary (Måste gitt)

Amanda Kernell
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Ruben Östlund
for The Square

Best Cinematography

Jonas Alarik
for Ravens (Korparna)

Sophia Olsson
for Sámi Blood (Sameblod)

Fredrik Wenzel
for The Square

Best Editing

Per Sandholt and Per K. Kirkegaard
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Kersti Grunditz Brennan
for Citizen Schein

Anders Skov
for Sameblod

Best Costume

Kicki Ilander 
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Sharareh Hosseini and David Markfant
for Money Problem (Para knas)

Louize Nissen
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Sound/Sound design

Mattias Eklund
for Ravens (Korparna)

Mira Falk and Brian Dyrby
for Silvana (Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat)

Fredrik Jonsäter
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Makeup

Sara Klänge
for All Inclusive

Petra Cabbe 
for Sunny Side (Solsidan)

Dorothea Wiedermann 
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Best Original Score

Jonas Struck, Jon Ekstrand and Vladislav Delay 
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Karl Frid and Pär Frid 
for Citizen Schein

Peter von Poehl 
for Ravens (Korparna)

Best Set Design

Lina Nordqvist
for Borg/McEnroe (Borg)

Roger Rosenberg 
for The Nile Hilton Incident

Josefin Åsberg 
for The Square

Best Visual Effects

Torbjörn Olsson and Alex Hansson 
for Borg

Torbjörn Olsson 
for Ravens (Korparna)

Alex Hansson and Chris Stenner 
for Monky

Best Documentary Film

Letters to a Serial Killer (Brev till en seriemördare)
by Manal Masri

The Celestial Darkroom (Himlens mörkrum)
by Nils Petter Löfstedt

Silvana (Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat)
by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring and Christina Tsiobanelis

Best Short Film

The Burden (Min börda)
by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Night Child (Nattbarn)
by Sanna Lenken

Because the World Never Stops (Studio 5)
by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson

Best Foreign Language Film

120 battements par minute (120 slag i minuten)
By: Robin Campillo

Moonlight
By: Barry Jenkins

Forushande (The Salesman)
By: Asghar Farhadi

The Guldbagge Audience Award
The Guldbagge Audience Award (Guldbaggens publikpris) is a new award at the Guldbagge Awards Ceremony. It includes all 41 Swedish feature length films that premiered in cinemas during 2017. The award is produced by The Swedish Film Institute in collaboration with the Swedish news media Aftonbladet. The following eight films have won the first round of voting:

Avicii: True Stories
Produced by: Levan Tsikurishvili

Borg/McEnroe (Borg)
Produced by: Jon Nohrstedt and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro

A Hustler’s Diary (Måste gitt)
Produced by: Abbe Hassan

Money Problem (Para knas)
Produced by: Ulf Synnerholm and Malini Ahlberg

Sámi Blood (Sameblod)
Produced by: Lars G. Lindström

Småstad 
Produced by: Patrik Axén

Sunny Side (Solsidan)
Produced by: Emma Nyberg

Superswede
Produced by: Mia Sohlman

More awards at the ceremony

The Award of Honour will be presented, as well as the Gullspira (for extraordinary contributions in films for children) and the award for Best Newcomer will be presented.

Awarded annually since 1964, the Guldbagge (“Golden Beetle”) is the name of the Swedish Film Institute’s award for achievements during the previous year. The award itself, in the form of a fantastical beetle, was designed by the artist Karl Axel Pehrson.

The Guldbagge Awards ceremony will be held 22 January 2018 at Cirkus in Stockholm. Swedish Television (SVT) will be broadcasting the event live.