Green Heritage Story / Växande historia

In the ARNA project Growing history, Växande historia in Swedish, artists from Sweden, Germany and Thailand created exciting art events in Storkriket during the Biosphere Festival 10-18 September 2022. The aim was to create conversations through art that make visible the green cultural heritage and deepen the relationship between man and nature.

Art happenings and events

In the beginning of September 2022, 10 art happenings happened across the area known as Storkriket here in Sweden during the annual festival known as The Biosphere Festival. The project was known as The Green Heritage Story (Växande historia in Swedish) and focused on the biological cultural heritage. During the art happenings audience could participate in a plethora of activities, including performances, workshops, walks and exhibitions. 

Behind the 10 art happenings where 11 participants selected by ARNA. 2 international residence artists, Sarah Spitzer from Germany and Pitiwat Somthai from Thailand and 9 Swedish participants, Annelie Nilsson, Ebba Gyllenhak, Erik Tylhammar Johansson, Fredrik Nordin, Gunnel Pettersson, Moa Gustafsson Söndergaard, Nicklas Hultman, Rita Winde and Timo Menke.

Green Heritage Story at Kulturens Östarp

Sarah Spitzer and Pitiwat Somthai's part of The Green Heritage Story was an exhibition where they explored the theme of biological cultural heritage and presented their different focuses at Kulturens Östarp, an culture reserve in Storkriket.
Sara worked with archives and old maps to find out the hidden layers of Kulturens Östarp, while Pitiwat created artworks with different types of grass he could find around the area.

Art happenings during the Biosphere Festival 2022

See the video with a collage from the art happenings.


Photo: Kulturen i Lund by Pär Connelid

About - the biological cultural heritage

Biological cultural heritage tells a story with man as an actor, it is our green heritage history. Since the story is conveyed by something living, it is in the nature of things that a biological cultural heritage is in constant change - it can be short-lived but it can also survive for centuries, perhaps for millennia. 

The Swedish National Heritage Board describes the biological cultural heritage as a living archive that carries stories about man's way of using nature and that connects history and biology, man and nature.

For preservation of both natural and cultural heritage we need more interpretations to visualize our human history as an interaction with nature.
Link to scientific article about biological cultural heritage

Photo: Kulturen i Lund

About - Kulturens Östarp

Kulturens Östarp is a unique open-air museum and one of two cultural reserves in the region of Skåne. It is located in a rolling and scenic landscape in the southwestern parts of the Vomb Basin. Kulturens Östarp is part of the older village Östarp which has been known since 1530. Around Kulturen's Östarp are older farm environments and a small broken agricultural landscape with small fields, meadows, fences and grazing cows that are reminiscent of old-time farming. Unusual meadow flowers and wild bees mingle here with old landraces of many animal species. The area is owned and managed since 1924 by the museum Kulturen i Lund.

About - Storkriket is on the go to become Sweden's eighth UNESCO biosphere reserve

Rich natural and cultural values form the basis for the collaboration between three municipalities to develop a Unesco biosphere reserve named Storkriket. Biosphere reserves are model areas for sustainable develpment through testing new ideas and creating cross-sectoral collaborations. ARNA's vision for Storkriket is for it to become an international model area for how the cultural dimension of sustainability contributes to new thinking and innovation for a sustainable future. Read more about the biosphere development on its website. Click on "translate" in the lower right corner for English.


Kerstin Jakobsson - project manager
Nille Leander - photo and film
Tom Pihl - photo, film and always on the right place
Henrik Rogowski - photo and communication

The ARNA-project Växande historia with Green Heritage Story

Thank the following organizations for collaboration and support!