Sweden offers their help to Ukraine for Eurovision preparations
Alice Bah Kuhnke – Sweden’s Minister of Culture has offered Ukraine assistance in organising next year’s Eurovision. This suggestion was said during a meeting between Kuhnke and Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk in Stockholm.
Swedish Minister congratulated Ukraine after its victory last Saturday, where singer Jamala made a memorable performance with the song “1944.” According to EBU’s rules in 2017, Ukraine will be organising the contest. Four cities has already come forward to host this special event, these are: Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk.
Kuhnke said Sweden is ready to cooperate and send its specialists to Ukraine to make their innovation in the contest organization.
Kuhnke stated: “As a minister, I certainly support museums and theatres, but we also support independent artists and proactive communities on the state level. Even those of them who criticise us,” Kuhnke said. “Sometimes it can even concern their survival or conditions for creative work. This support is sometimes very important for them, whereas we as a public agency get the possibility to expand our range of cooperation, and the art becomes even more widespread.”
The Swedish Culture Minister also addressed the situation in eastern Ukraine and the several campaigns to smear Ukraine.