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Small Feet Go Far brings Swedish culture to children in UK
Posted 2006-10-03
Henning Mankell, photo by Ulla MontanThe Swedish Embassy in London has put together an exciting program of events aimed at children in the UK called Small Feet Go Far. Three weeks of plays, book readings, films, puppetry and dance performances, seminars and workshops from Swedish artists will take place in London between 11-29 October 2006.

Leif Pagrotsky, Sweden's outgoing Minister for Education, Research and Culture, writes that Small Feet Go Far "will provide a significant contribution to [Sweden's] cultural policy debate during 2007 and act as a showcase for Swedish culture in the UK. The project aims to further British and Swedish cultural exchange among professionals and give a unique opportunity for British audiences to meet and exchange ideas with some of Sweden's best authors, film makers and playwrights."

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Henning Mankell will be participating in two events, a book reading and a seminar on Friday and Saturday:

  Henning Mankell will take part in the first ever Swedish cultural festival for children and young people in London in October 2006. Mankell's children's book "The Unscrupulous Murderer Hasse Karlsson Reveals The Gruesome Truth Of The Woman Who Froze To Death On A Railway Bridge" will be performed as a rehearsed reading at National Theatre, 13 October 2.30pm-5pm.

Also, Mankell will participate in a seminar on "Taboos in Children's Theatre" on 14 October, 4.30pm-6pm at Unicorn Theatre. Topics, such as what makes suitable drama for children? Should children be challenged? Or should a trip to the theatre be pure entertainment - an escape from the pressures of every day life? This discussion draws together pioneering writers from Sweden and the UK, including Mankell, Philip Pullman and Professor Suzanne Osten.

For further details on this massive children's project, covering theatre, film, literature, readings and seminars, and on Henning Mankell's pariticipation, please visit

For a complete schedule of the activities being presented, visit the What's On page at the Small Feet Go Far web site.

Special thanks to Peter of the Embassy of Sweden for providing this info.