About Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is one of Northern Europe's largest cultural institutions. The activities include libraries, theatre, debates, art exhibitions, film, dance and music. In 2014 our artistic programming received approximately 650 000 visits.
Located right in Stockholm's political and commercial centre, the house offers a public space for all people in Stockholm. The vision of the architect Peter Celsing was to create a space that could accommodate all art forms. “I am building for a new human being that has to come” was both a pleading and a pledge of the renowned architect who won the architectural competition for a new cultural centre in 1966. The glass front of the building facing Sergels torg enhances the idea of a shared common space, and at night create a transparent view into the interior.
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is a publicly funded cultural institution. Since 2013 it is headed by the Managing Director, Benny Fredriksson, who together with eight artistic directors leads the programming that fills the house with theatre, dance, music, art & design, literature, debate and film, as well as Skärholmen Theatre and Theatre in the Parks.
There are eight stages at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. In 2014 approximately 2 100 shows of performing arts played for an audience of 540 000 people including, dance performances and concerts. Since 2013 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern has its own dance company in residence.
The theatre wing – formerly known as the Stockholm City Theatre – was founded in 1960 and is the largest dramatic theatre in Northern Europe. Skärholmen Theatre is a stage situated in the residential area of Skärholmen and has a children’s and youth perspective, while Theatre in the Parks offers free performances in Stockholm's parks during the summer months.
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern presents about six curated art, design and fashion exhibitions annually, and has six profile libraries that cater to different audiences of which three have a children’s and youth perspective. Any given day the house offers new paths into diversity, might it be a debate, an exhibition, a performance or just finding that special book you always wanted but didn’t know existed.
The building also houses restaurants, shops and a Tourist Center run by external partners.