Hedersdoktor 2016 Svante Lindqvist
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Svante Lindqvist, Honorary Doctor of Philosophy 2016

Published: 6 July 2016

Svante Lindqvist is a musician, playwright and author with roots in Malmfälten. He has during a long time provided important contributions to Swedish cultural life and spread awareness of the Norrbotten heritage.

Svante Lindqvist has written hundreds of folk songs, published in the book Folk music in Norrbotten. In 1977 he co-founded the folk music group J P Nystrom, where he still works, and through which the recorded music was conveyed to the world. The group has released numerous CDs, appeared in radio and TV programs in Sweden and abroad and toured in many European countries and in North America and Japan. Lindqvist was appointed to riksspelman in 1977.

Svante Lindqvist has published a number of literary works, among which are the acclaimed short story collection  Än kan man köpa en Portello på Sporthallsfiket. He has written plays for Norrbottensteatern, the National Theatre, Sveriges Radio and Sveriges Television. Significant is his plays about social development in the ore fields where the play "Man From Malmberget" is possible Swedens most played monologue. It was first played in 1993. Though the successor of "The Man from Malmberget return" attracted much attention. Lindqvist has for years been a columnist at Swedish Radio. He has worked with elite ensembles Norrbotten NEO and also with the Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra. He has participated in several musical projects at Luleå University.

Lindqvist as a musician is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Zornmärket in gold, which he was awarded in 2011 for "masterful, stylishly and personally play of songs from Norrbotten". He has worked as an orchestral musician, studio musician, theater musician and in the jazz context.

Svante Lindqvist unites cultural breadth with artistic quality. Through its diverse activities, he is an excellent ambassador for our region both nationally and internationally.