Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stockholm Press Release Dec 15, 2012

Stockholm Press Release Dec 15, 2012

Stockholm presentations, art and photography, films, performances
Press Release December 15, 2012 


Stockholm — A "rainbow Lucia" on December 13 helped inaugurate Sweden's first Living Rainbow History Museum, a provisional monthly event at the Café Mannekäng with historical study circles, art, films and performances until a permanent LGBT museum can be established in the Swedish capital. "It has long been a dream to see the creation of a LGBT history museum in Sweden to make sure that we become more aware of our own history," says Elinore Lindén Strand who also exhibited art work at the café during the inauguration.

Barbro Westerholm (center)
Izzy Young

Elinore Strand
Jan Hammarlund (left)

"I am proud to be here at the inauguration and am very pleased to be invited to the Polish Parliament to speak about LGBT rights and culture and the need for parliamentarians to support this everywhere," says Barbro Westerholm, Swedish Liberal parliamentarian, who has earlier received a Tupilak award for her support of LGBT issues and who attended both ceremonies at the LGBT monument in Visby -- the first in the Nordic zone.

Swedish and International Guests at the Museum,
Visits to Swedish Prides

"The aim of the museum is to invite guest speakers from LGBT organizations and individuals from all over Sweden and from abroad," says Bill Schiller of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) "And to come with workshops and presentations to Swedish and other Prides interested in the museum's work and the rich, dramatic, courageous and often humorous LGBT struggle for identity and visibility over the centuries."

"This is an excellent place to discuss LGBT history," says Rolf Solheim, ILGCN co-ordinator from Oslo and member of the Nordic Rainbow Humanists, who presented a history of the global humanist movement's support of LGBT rights and his work as ceremony master of the Norwegian humanist organization's christenings, weddings and partnerships and funerals fulfilling the desires for formal ceremonies without religious input. Adding to the humanist message with a short monolgue by "The Mad Monk" with the "humanist bible" look at historical relgious figures.

"We are always pleased to be part of Tupilak and ILGCN events -- and feel that the question of HIV and AIDS should always be part of LGBT human rights and cultural events since this is important for our entire community," says Anders Björnum of Sweden's PositHIVagruppen for men having sex with men.

Other presentations came from Pia-Kristina Garde, talking about her book about the family and friends of one of Sweden's finest poets and authors, the bisexual Karin Boye who died in 1941, Willi Reichhold talking about his participation in the United-arranged conference in Finland about new creative ways to combat discrimination on all levels, Chilean-born Christian Mendez about running a rainbow-minded café in Stockholm and Malga Kubiak, actress and film maker about her work with LGBT films about historic lesbian and gay personalities, and Izzy Young, American-born folk lore expert reading erotic poetry of gay icons Allen Ginsberg and Auden.

Rolf Solheim
Bill Schiller

Robert Hill
Veliki Velickovic

Anders Björnum

Songs and music were provided by Swedish singers Jan Hammarlund, a veteran of the Swedish LGBT scene, and young trubador Robert Hill with anti-war and solidarity songs.

Short film screenings by Willi Reichhold included "LGBT Monuments" with music by the renown Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson, "The Tupilak Visit to Kiev" and the "Global Survival."

Both film projections and art photography on the wall were presented by Serbian-born Stockholm resident Veliki Velickovic, who also described his work and earlier exhibitions in Serbia, Croatia, Sweden and elsewhere. Other art work came from Tupilak & ILGCN Art & Photo Travelling Exhibition with special focus on Vlladik of Minsk and Alice of Tallinn.

Keller of Chile, costume designer and performer and co-manager of Café Mannekäng, presented his own version of the St. Lucia figure brought from Sicily to Sweden over a century ago to lighten up the dark December nights by wearing a wreath of candles.

ILGCN awards announced during the event included the "Clio's Silver Cup" for outstanding work promoting LGBT history to Swedish photographer Elisabeth Olson Wallin and a brand new "Rasmus" for LGBT work in remote and isolated areas far from big city anonimity -- named after the late, pioneering Faroese journalist and LGBT activist Rasmus Rasmussen who died in October this year. The first Rasmus has gone to the organizers of the first Nuuk Prides on Greenland.

Greetings to the event came from Belarus, Ukrainian, Sudanse and Montenegro delegates to the ongoing ILGA world conference taking place in Stockholm.

"We are very happy to report that in the next session of the Living Rainbow Museum on January 26, the new ILGCN cultural co-ordinators and ambassadors from Latvia-- Yolanta Cihanovica psychologist and actress and artist-doll maker Olga Helly will be coming to the Café Mannikäng for presentations, performances and art exhibitions," concludes Bill Schiller.

The museum project is supported also by Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Humanists, 3rd Age International-Sweden, Nordic-Baltic-Polish-Russian-Belarus Network and ROHS (Swedish national organization for LGBT solidarity). ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm.

More information:   

at Cafe Mannekäng:
Saturday, January 26, 2013 — 18.00-22.00


Yolanta Cihanovica, actress,
ILGCN coordinator, Latvia
Olga Helly, artist/doll maker,
ILGCN cultural ambassador, Latvia


"Dolls": Olga Helly, Latvia
"Copulating beetles, erotic flowers and other adventures"