- The pandemic has highlighted some problems in the cultural sector that were difficult even before, states state investigator Linda Zachrisson.

She participates in this year's book fair, among other things to secretly present the long-awaited investigation Restart for the culture she has worked with over the past year.

The investigation will form the basis for how the government chooses to approach and support cultural life after it has been paralyzed for over a year.

Some of the problems that have become particularly clear in the cultural sector during the pandemic are the financial vulnerability that individuals and artists, but also in organizations and organizers live with, she says.

- There is also a participation problem: Those who were far from cultural life, not least children and young people, have come even further away.

So now it's a big challenge to get the general public back.

There we are calling for offensive measures, says Linda Zachrisson.


During the year, the investigators spoke with over 300 practitioners, organizations and expert authorities.

That the investigation is secretly presented at a book fair where almost everything is digital is perhaps logical, as the digitalisation of culture is part of what the report highlights.

- Digitization is becoming increasingly the core of the production and distribution stage.

But many describe a need for increased digital competence.

But above all, there are no business models, it is still very difficult to get the income you need to be able to replace artists and authors in the right way, says Linda Zachrisson.

Physical filter bubbles

The investigation will be presented in full next Thursday, one day after the restrictions are lifted on 29 September.

In addition to the crisis support that is included in the cultural budget, more long-term support is hoped for that can take care of the more structural problems that the inquiry points out.

That the culture restarts is important not only for the industry but for the whole society, says Linda Zachrisson.

- The pandemic has created almost physical filter bubbles - we socialize in our small circle.

There, culture has a big role in the restart of society to create meeting places and contexts where we meet people we do not see every day in our everyday lives, she says.