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Culture and health across the lifespan – a broad and promising field of knowledge

Friday 4th of May 2018

The conference is held in English!


8.15-8.45     REGISTRATION

8.45-9.00     WELCOME SPEECH

Anna Starbrink, Commissioner for Healthcare and Chair of the Healthcare Committee and Karin Dahlman-Wright, pro-vicechancellor of Karolinska Institutet. Moderator: Katarina Lindblad, music therapist.

9.00-10.00    KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Lord Howarth of Newport, vice chairman of the British All-party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, London, Great Britain.

10.10-10.50  THEME CHILDHOOD

Dancing to promote health amongst adolescent women. Anna Duberg PhD, Health Sciences and Physiotherapist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Örebro, Sweden.


Martin West, Art department, Stockholm County Council, about the art piece in the auditorium Ready To Tell All by Miriam Bäckström, Sweden.


11.05-11.35  COFFEE BREAK


11.35-12.15  THEME ADULTHOOD

Creating holistic environments around the patient. Per Thorgaard, M.D. Head of Section, at Aalborg University Hospital The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg, Denmark.


Saturated Space. Colour schemes for elderly in Nursery Homes. Mette L'Orange, Artist and Architect. Professor of Colour, University of Bergen and Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo/Bergen, Norway.

13.00-14.10   LUNCH


Optional parallel sessions:

14.10-14.45   THEME CHILDHOOD (1)

Aula: Bridging Trauma informed care and Participation – Community music therapy for children and youth at risk. Viggo Krüger, music therapist and Associate professor at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, Norway.

Room 1: The secret weapon of the hospital librarian. Karin Graube, librarian at the Sahlgrenska university hospital, Queen Silvia Hospital for Children and Young, and Eva Selin, librarian at Läsfirman, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Room 2: Supporting parental singing during kangaroo care. Pernilla Hugoson, PhD student University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music Therapy. Anknuten Enheten för Neonatologi, Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm/Jyväskylä, Finland.


14.50-15.25   THEME ADULTHOOD (2)

Aula: ArtsEqual: discussing cultural determinants of health and wellbeing. Kai Lehikoinen, professor, vice director of Arts Equal research initiative University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland.

Room 1: Performance, Arts, and Health. Georg Drakos, Associate Professor Ethnology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Room 2: Applied educational drama within healthcare and training. Speaker: Margret Lepp, Professor in Care Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


15.30-15.45   COFFEE BREAK


15.45-16.20   THEME OLDER ADULTS (3)

Aula: A national center for competence for culture, health and care makes a difference. Odd Håpnes, director of Nasjonalt Kompetansesenter for kultur, helse og omsorg, Levanger, Norway.

Room 1: Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer’s. Halldóra Arnardóttir, PhD Art Historian and co-directress, Murcia, Spanien/Reykjavik, Island.

Room 2: Dance and Parkinsons Disease. The Skånes Dansteaters program. Project leader Tanja Mangalanayagam, Skånes dansteater and Victoria Larsson, PhD student, Clinical Memory research, University of Lund, and Georg Stenberg, participator in Dance for PD, Skånes Dansteater, Sweden.


16.25-17.15   EXPERT PANEL: How to make decision makers realize the potentiality of the field?

• Elvira Brattico Professor, Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University & The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark

• Max Liljefors Professor, division of Art history and Visual Studies, Dept of Arts and Cultural Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden

• Erik Sandøy, CEO Aleris Care, Norway

• Benny Marcel, director, Nordiska kulturfonden, Sweden

• Gunnel Orselius-Dahl, Chairman Stockholm County Culture Committee, Sweden

• Dr Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Researcher APPGAHW | Cultural Partnerships and Enquiry King’s College London, Great Britain

Moderator: Professor emeritus Gunnar Bjursell


The conference Culture and health across the lifespan is held within the Swedish chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers, arranged by the Center for Culture and Arts in Healthcare, Stockholm County Council, Sweden.