Polar Talks deploys the unique talents and diverse knowledge of the guests gathered in Stockholm for the annual Polar Music Prize ceremony. In a series of thought-provoking lectures and panel discussions our speakers range across cutting-edge topics in technology and latest trends within music and creativity.

Polar Talks will be held Monday 8 June 13.00 – 18.30 at Filmstaden Sergel, Hötorget, Stockholm.
Polar Talks is free of charge, tickets are limited.

Master of Ceremonies is Alfons Karabuda, chairman of the Polar Music Prize Committee, composer and chairman of the Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors.

"The most elaborate and pretentious fan mail ever written and performed" by Niklas Mesaros (Photo: Annika Berglund, © Polar Music Prize.)
Spoken word artist Niklas Mesaros Photo: Annika Berglund © Polar Music Prize

13.00 – 15.00 Music, from science to revolution

Polar Talks celebrates the Power of Music. In a series of talks we will discuss the myraid ways that music can inspire, tranform and breakdown boundaries.

Music can be simultaneously entertainment for the masses, a personal soundtrack to your life and even a tool for overthrowing a totalitarian regime. Ian Smith, musician, President of the European Music Council and Head of Music at Creative Scotland and Ramy Essam, ”the Voice of the Egyptian Revolution” will discuss this with Alfons Karabuda.

Professor of Integrative Medicine at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience Martin Ingvar and composer Carin Bartosch Edström will discuss the beauty of music. What is beautiful music and what is noise? Why do we respond so differently to music?

Frederick Rousseau of IRCAM and the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research & Coordination will talk about technological innovation in music. Rousseau is a pioneer of electronic music, and of the application of technology to entertainment. In a 40 year career, his collaborations include working with music greats such as Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre.

15.00 – 17.00 Sweden’s creative industries

Monocle, the global affairs and lifestyle magazine, has reported that Stockholm is one of the top creative cities in the world and displays a vibrant urban scene with a vital community of creatives from artists to fashion designers. At Polar Talks we will give you an insiders look into the creative industries that have placed Stockholm on the world map.

Susanne Ljung, journalist and host of Stil in SR P1 will together with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M, Roland Hjort, Whyred, Ann-Sofie Back, BACK and Lena Patriksson Keller, Association of Swedish Fashion Brands, discuss the Swedish fashion industry and its success abroad.

Alfons Karabuda will talk to Johan Söderqvist, composer and Per Strömbäck, spokesperson of the Swedish Games Industry, about the growing multi-media applications for music. There is no longer ”just” a film score, it could be a computer game score or a score for a commercial. More names will be added.

What makes Sweden so successful when it comes to music? What is the international view on the Swedish music phenomenon? The panel includes Fred Bronson, Billboard journalist and author, John Seabrook, author and writer for The New Yorker and Phil Manzanera, guitarist, producer and member of Roxy Music.

Evelyn Glennie © Jim Callaghan
Evelyn Glennie © Jim Callaghan

17.00 – 18.30 Meet the Laureates

Journalist Jan Gradvall will interview Polar Music Prize Laureate Emmylou Harris.

Spoken word tribute by Niklas Mesaros.

Polar Music Prize Laureate Dame Evelyn Glennie  will give her lecture ”How to truly listen”.

Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris © Veronique Rolland

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