With the aim of taking the enlightened values of Queen Christina of Sweden to modern Europeans through cultural activities, Queen Christina of Sweden, the European, was founded in 2012 as a culture and tolerance project by French Academy member Philippe Beaussant and Swedish conductor Mats Liljefors and their organisations, L’Institut français and Royal Festivals.
They were joined by Austria Barock Akademie in Vienna and Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy. With financial support from the European Union and private sponsors, the project partners arranged more than 30 special events, concerts, dance, seminars and other cultural activities in five European countries 2013-15.
See Activities for a complete list of those events. In 2015 the project partners unanimously decided to continue and invite other institutions and countries to become partners.
2016 – 2018 Queen Christina – Culture and Peace – Project phase No 2 – activities in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Sweden, supported by national and local sponsors. See Activities.
2019-2021 Queen Christina, the European – Project phase No 3 – events in above countries plus Croatia and Poland. Due to the pandemic, numerous activities were cancelled or postponed.
2022 – reactivation of the project, see Activities
”Queen Christina of Sweden, the European” fascinates me as project, not only because I am Swedish, but mainly because of its aim: to strengthen cultural values in a period when our continent is facing many new crisis. In the search for peace and harmony, Christina´s values are also ours: tolerance, open borders, freedom of religion, female equality, freedom of expression. As matter of fact, Queen Christina can be considered one of the most beautiful flowers of European culture, and consequently, a symbol for Europe”
Princess Christina Mrs Magnuson, Patron of the Project