With the aim of taking the enlightened values of Queen Christina of Sweden to modern Europeans, the culture and tolerance project Queen Christina of Sweden, the European was initiated in 2011 by the French Academy member Philippe Beaussant and the Swedish conductor Mats Liljefors with the help of L'Institut français and Royal Festivals. Very soon, the project was joined by partners from Austria and Italy, Austria Barock Akademie in Vienna and Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto.
From 2012 until 2015, the four initial partners arranged more than 30 special events, concerts, dance, seminars and other cultural activities, with financial support from the European Union, cultural organisations and private sponsors. They were received with such enthusiasm that the organisers unanimously decided to continue their cooperation and invite new countries and organisations as partners.
Already in 2016 and 2017 new activities were arranged in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Sweden with the support of local, regional or national sponsors. See Activities for a complete list of all realized events, from 2011 until 2017. Presently (February 2018), future activities of Queen Christina - Culture and Peace are being planned in these countries plus Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Japan and Poland, incl. a new proposal to the European Union.
”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