The QC Project

The idea of starting a Pan-European project with scientific seminars, concerts, dance performances and other cultural events inspired by Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-89) was born during meetings in 2010 between the French Academy member Philippe Beaussant, renowned author, musicologist, specialist of early music and the Swedish conductor Mats Liljefors, director of Royal Festivals in Stockholm.

Aims of ”Queen Christina of Sweden, the European” (2013-15) and ”Queen Christin Culture and Peace” (from 2016)

  • Highlight Queen Christina as a symbol of European identity, culture and values such as tolerance, peaceful coexistence, equality, freedom of speech and belief.
  • Raise the general interest in culture and create unique events and cultural experiences for traditional and new audiences and distribute them through established and new channels, with special focus on young and new audiences.
  • Stimulate research in philosophy, religion, literature, arts, music, history, sciences etc.
  • Stimulate European cultural exchanges, improve work conditions and create transnational work opportunities for actors, dancers, musicians, authors and others.
  • Raise the awareness of the importance of culture to all European communities, schools, commercial companies and other institutions.
  • Create additional values for participants and supporters of the Queen Christina project.
  • Continue and expand in the future. Institutions several European countries and Brazil are interested to join the Queen Christina project in its next phase.


”Queen Christina Culture and Peace” 2016 – 2020

Presently, (Autumn 2017), Queen Christina project partners in Europe and Brazil are in the preparation stage of internationally coordinated events in 2018-20, such as concerts, master classes, recordings, dance performances, transnational tours, seminars, conferences, films, many of them specially aimed at young audiences. Books will be published on subjects inspired by Queen Christina, her legacy and values. The project has grown into a cooperation between partner organisations in six European countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden as well as in Brazil. Contacts with organisations interested in becoming new members are in process with other countries in Europe .

Please be patient, we all work hard on these plans and hope to present more details before the end of 2017.

For project events in 2016-17, please see Activities

Before 2016, the first phase of our project, Queen Christina of Sweden, the European” followed the path of Queen Christina through Europe after her abdication, with concerts, seminars and other events during 2014-15 in nine different cities in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden.

That phase of the Queen Christina project was based on a cooperation between the Foundation Queen Christina, the European Culture Initiative and Royal Festivals in Sweden, Austria Barock Akademie in Austria, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, later Fondation Reine Christine de Suède, in France and Teatro Lirico Sperimentale ”A.Belli” in Italy.  It received support from the European Union, Jacob Wallenberg Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien, Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet as well as other educational and research institutions, associations and individuals in the four organizing countries.