Culture

"I am a Liberal, yet I am a Liberal tempered by experience, reflexion, and renouncement, and I am, above all, a believer in culture."  - Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy (1869)

Ever since the dawn of time, humankind has expressed itself through artistic creation. From ancient times’ cave-paintings and ritual dancing by the camp fire to the web-based art and arena concerts of today. Art, as with religion and science, provide for us tools through which we understand the world around us.

The conditions under which cultural creativity—art, broadly conceived—has thrived through history are as varied and diverse as the purposes it has been made to serve: to maintain, create and strengthen communities and groups, pass on the collective memory, to mark status and hierarchy; to support those in power or to challenge them. Art has been put to service by religion, politics, trade and local communities.

Through our culture we see ourselves as well as society around us; it is an inseparable part of our identity. Not only is it a source of amusement and recreation, of enlightenment and personal development, but also for provocation, debate and discussion.

For too long, the centre-right has left its cultural politics to be defined by its political opponents, instead of drawing on its own philosophical (ideological) roots. Rather than providing a platform for intellectual and progressive debate on the role of culture and art in modern society, the centre-right has succumbed to fruitless debacles with the political left.

Timbro Culture strives to highlight a wide range of issues in the cultural sphere relevant to the public at large. Therefore, our aim is to approach arts, music, literature, drama, architecture and other artistic forms by taking on the humanist perspective which always has been essential to centre-right identity. 

Published

Podcast: New York and the European Conciousness

December 29, 2006
In the eigth episode of Timbro's podcast series, Michael Moynihan discusses New York City's (his adopted hometown) role in the popular imagination of both Swedish and European intellectuals. It is