Barbara Hannigan Leads Stena Foundation’s 2021 Culture Scholarships

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Marco Borggreve)

The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture has announced the 2021 scholars. The awards went to soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan, artist Emanuel Röhss, and honorary scholar, actress, and producer Alicia Vikander. Each of the scholars will receive 300,000 Swedish kronor.

The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture is celebrating its 25 anniversary in 2021. Over the past 25 years, the foundation has awarded many scholarships to promising talents in various art forms, as well as provided extensive donations that have been awarded to the various research projects.

“It is with great pleasure that we present our two jubilee culture scholars and our honorary scholar. They are three exceptional artists with international careers and strong connections to Gothenburg. Over the years, 155 cultural scholarships have been awarded. We follow the continued successes and development of previous scholars with great interest,” said Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, the Chairwoman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.

“I have never understood the idea of keeping knowledge to myself. If I learn something new and exciting, I immediately want to share it with others, to pass it on. I, myself have had the privilege of experiencing that kind of generosity from my teachers, mentors and colleagues. Now it’s my turn,” said Barbara Hannigan.

The 2021 scholarship awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 3 at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. The awards ceremony will be streamed via GSO Play and will be available to the public from Dec. 4, 2021.