Culture is an important and increasingly significant component in the lives and well-being of Malmö residents. The local cultural life is also a central factor in Malmö´s development into an ever-more attractive place in which to live, visit, and set up business. Visitors from the Danish side of the Öresund strait are a conspicuous presence both on the city´s streets and in the audience at major cultural events. There are many places for visitors and inhabitants to take part in cultural activities such as visits to concerts, theaters, museums and galleries. Malmö is a bold and assertive urban presence, with a culture that can easily compete with that of larger cities.
It is the breadth of Malmö´s cultural life that makes it unique, thanks to the city´s combination of independent and institutional cultural bodies. The independent cultural scene, with its innovative and youthful productions in music, and theatre and the visual arts, reveals the presence of artists who are among the foremost in Sweden. Malmö´s cultural life is strongly influenced by the large ethnic and cultural variation among the city´s residents, who have roots in more than 170 countries. Malmö is multicultural in all senses of the word. This creates opportunities for stimulating cross-boundary exchanges, leading to a broad and diverse range of cultural activities and ensuring that the various forms of cultural expression are exposed to constant mutual influence. In brief, Malmö has an extraordinarily vibrant and multi-faceted cultural life.
The Culture Department consists of six divisions: Malmö School of Arts, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Museer, Malmö City library and Malmö City Archives. Cultural Director Mrs Elisabeth Lundgren is head of the department at its office in the Flensburg building on Södergatan 9.
The Department works with strategic development in the cultural sector, preparing agends items for the Culture Committee, Cultural Grants, Sommarscen Malmö, Culture for Children and Young People and overall matters in terms of finances, human resources and communication. The Department´s management group also includes representatives from Malmö City Teatre and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the two cultural companies that are owned by the City of Malmö.