On Tuesday 8 October, The Queen attended the opening of Explore!, an international conference on children's culture held at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm.
The opening speeches were given by President of Hands On! International Annemies Broekgaarden and Director General of the Swedish Exhibition Agency Staffan Forssell.
Children from Bredäng Culture School then gave music and dance performances on the theme of world music and dance.
After a speech by Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, The Queen declared the conference open.
In her opening speech, The Queen emphasised the importance of culture and art for children, and explained that they enable them to understand the world of today, as well as the past and the future. She also highlighted children's rights to age-appropriate play and leisure, and their right to participate freely in cultural and artistic activities. The Queen expressed her personal belief, as a mother and a grandmother, that the best thing one can give a child is the tools to investigate the world and thus keep his or her sense of curiosity alive.
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Explore! took place in Stockholm on 7-11 October. The conference brought together people who work at museums and science centres around the world to learn about the latest advances within creative play, new technology and exhibitions for children.