With the aim of taking the enlightened values of Queen Christina of Sweden to citizens of the 21st century, the culture and tolerance project Queen Christina of Sweden, the European was initiated in 2011 by French Academy member Philippe Beaussant and Swedish conductor Mats Liljefors with the help of L'Institut français, the Swedish Foundation Queen Christina-the European Culture Initiative and Royal Festivals. In 2012, the new project was joined by Austria Barock Akademie in Vienna, Austria and Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy. Together, from 2012 until 2015, the four partners arranged more than 30 Queen Christina inspired events, such as concerts, dance, seminars and other cultural activities, in five European countries, with financial support from the European Union, cultural organisations, state and private sponsors. The events were received with enthusiasm and the organisers unanimously decided to continue the project and, in addition, invite other countries and organisations to join as partners.
2016-2018 Queen Christina - Culture and Peace (Project phase 2) events were performed in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Sweden, supported by local, regional or national sponsors. See Activities for a complete list of realised events.
2019-2021 Queen Christina - The European (Project phase 3) new activities will take place in above countries plus Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Japan and Poland.
”Queen Christina - Culture and Peace 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