Questions & Answers

What is Kulturkvarter Snösätra?
Kulturkvarter Snösätra is a non-partisan and non-religious, nonprofit association established in 2019 to maintain Snösätra’s development.The purpose of the association is to preserve and enhance Snösätra as an art and cultural center while also considering the best interests of the nature reserve.
The association consists of members and enthusiasts with backgrounds in various fields such as urban culture, urban planning, collaborative processes, as well as artists and creators.


Is Snösätra threatened by demolition?
Snösätra has faced the threat of demolition on several occasions. That area of Rågsved was classified as a nature reserve when important biotopes were discovered in 2018. This, combined with the general deterioration of the structures in the area, led to a decision by Stockholms stad to demolish 35% of Snösätra. After 60 years of industrial use, the idea was to turn the buildings to nature. In late 2020, bulldozers tore down a significant part of the area, leaving a collective scar. The municipality then began exploring the possibility of transforming the remaining area into a cultural park. While many appreciate and value this unique place, there are also individuals who disagree, as they perceive it as unsafe and characterized by excessively loud music. Kulturkvarter Snösätra is in constant dialogue with Stockholms stad regarding these matters.


How does Kulturkvarter Snösätra work to preserve the area?
In 2021, a citizen proposal was submitted to manage the site and develop it into a cultural park to prevent its demolition. Kulturkvarter Snösätra has through regular meetings, initiated an ongoing process of building trust with politicians and officials at Stockholms stad. Through this established dialogue, the association has been granted leases for the so-called Big Bag areas on a yearly basis. We follow the city’s guidelines to secure the lease and utilize the area, as described here.
Kulturkvarter Snösätra holds weekly meetings with the district municipality to track progress and to try to save the ‘Köpenhamn’ building from demolition.
Who owns the place and how can it be used?
Snösätra is classified as a so-called storage area (upplagsområde in Swedish) and is owned by Stockholms stad. This means that companies may rent and use the location for storing material. Since 2014, graffiti painters have been allowed to use the walls of the companies to paint. The lots that haven’t been rented out have temporarily stood empty and therefore been available to paint on. However, when new entrepreneurs move in, they often put up gates, which unfortunately reduces the available area.
Why have you installed entrance gates?
There have been repeated incidents of break-ins and theft in the association’s containers, destruction of infrastructure that has been built up with a significant amount of voluntary time and money. There have also been several illegal parties that went on well into the early morning hours. These incidents have not only impacted the work of the association but also disrupted the neighborhood and created a negative perception of Snösätra as a whole. This negative image, which actively threatens the entire area, is something that our association is actively working to counteract. Hence, we cannot allow these issues to continue affecting our work and the positive development we aim to achieve.
When will the gates be unlocked?
At the current moment, the gates are not locked. However, as described above, we see the need to start locking them during the nighttime. Therefore, we are on the lookout for more individuals who are willing to engage with us and can help with the opening and closing of the gates. Would you like to be Snösätra’s keymaster? Email: hej@snosatra.com

Once the gates are locked, the third part of our area will continue to remain open for painting whenever you’d want, and of course, all walls facing the forest will remain accessible as well. The association will explore possibilities to create more opportunities and spaces specifically for graffiti art even within the enclosed lots, where everyone can continue to express their creativity and contribute to our artistic diversity.

Is it free of charge to paint in Snösätra? 
Yes. It is and will always be free to use the walls. Learn more here about what rules to follow when painting in Snösätra.
Are the events free of charge?

So far, all of Kulturkvarter Snösätra’s own events have been free. However, we also lend out the area to other cultural actors, including those who have received funding from the city district. Some organizers might consider charging a fee for their events in order to be able to fund and manage them. 

Do you sell paint?

Unfortunately, we don’t have a store or storage on-site in order to sell paint. Occasionally, spray paint sales may occur during various events, and if so – it will be promoted on social media in advance.

For paint supply, we recommend our friends – HighlightsCheck out their website for more information.

How can I get involved or become a member of the association?

Kulturkvarter Snösätra consists of volunteers and is constantly in need of more individuals who want to engage in the development of the area. Volunteers are always welcome to contribute and share knowledge and experiences. The work revolves around refurbishing, construction or assistance at events. It is not mandatory to be a member in order to volunteer, but it’s certainly encouraged.

(A volunteer is an individual who engages in activities without receiving any financial compensation).

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email us at: hej@snosatra.com

You can become a member of our association for free, here. You’ll then receive access to our latest information and will be able to follow the development of our association. It’s also possible to become a paying member, for a yearly fee of 100 SEK, which includes the right to vote at our annual meetings.

Published  August 24, 2023

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