H.K.H. Kronprinsessans tal vid invigning av Stockholm Art Week, onsdagen den 21 april 2021

(Det talade ordet gäller)

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!