Colleagues in crisis

An important part of Scensveriges mission is to protect issues concerning freedom of expression. We do this, among other things, by supporting performing artists who live in conflict zones or are threatened by oppression and persecution. How can we join forces together with our members to help in the best way?

Through our new platform Colleagues in Crisis, we are trying to do just that. The intention of the platform is to sharpen our international outlook, with a particular focus on performing artists who live under threat and oppression, in their own country as well as in exile. Scensverige stands for dialogue, cultural exchange, cooperation, understanding and peace.

Through Colleagues in Crisis, we wish to create a digital space for initiatives, links and recommendations. We hope that it will be a platform that will be used by members in Sweden who can offer resources, as well as by performing artists who are outside Sweden’s borders and want to come here. Right now we are reviewing how we can best mobilize our forces and enlist the help of our members to inform, reach out and link together.

Get in touch with us if you have ideas, wish to share information or need help taking an idea or project further. We will do everything we can to help with the tools we have, and ultimately come to the rescue of our colleagues in crisis at the following email address:

This page is under construction and will gradually be filled with more information.
Please come back soon!

Ongoing initiatives

The STATUS residency program at Konstepidemin in Gothenburg where artists from Sweden and Belarus meet.
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Rikstolvan, an artmuseum at Österlen in the south part of Sweden turned into a hub for Ukrainian culture during spring 2022 and is currently looking for Ukrainian translators, cultural workers and performance artists who are interested in a residency starting in August 2022. Send an email to for more info.

– Årsta Folkets – EXILE
Platform for Ukrainian refugees and artists/culture workers in exile in Årsta south of Stockholm. 
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Are you an artist/culture worker/performance artist looking for a Swedish residency?

Or do you have the opportunity to offer work, internship, residence or housing for a Ukrainian cultural worker/performer?

Register with SWAN (Swedish Artist Residency Network). Or as a host organization at Artists at risk.


ITI Action Committee for artistic rights (Germany) Ukrainian Cultural Foundation New program at UNESCO to help Ukrainian artists in exile/under threat. Job offers, residences, and more for Performing Arts professionals in exile (Germany) Stay on stage


Video – Create or decrease Conversation about threats and freedom of speech from Swedstage 2020. Video – International Testimonials Testimony regarding the situation for performing artists in Sweden and in the world from a freedom of expression perspective. Gathered during Swedstage 2020. Movie: Unavailable by Nikon Romanchenko Film: No obvious signs by Alina Gorlova Film: The world is blue as an orange by Iryna Tsilik