The Multicultural Centre works for a society where diversity is reflected in the national image and in which migration-related phenomena are naturally included in the Swedish heritage.
Our research profile is multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on an ethnographic approach.
The Multicultural Centre is a forum and a meeting place for research and artistic expression relating to migration and social and cultural diversity.
We develop and disseminate knowledge about social and cultural factors that facilitate the creation of a long-term sustainable society.
The vision is that our activities will become well-known and in demand both in and outside Botkyrka.
The Multicultural Centre is located in Fittja gård, Botkyrka, which consists of three 19th century buildings close to Fittja underground station. Our exhibitions and cultural educational activities are staged here in a newly constructed cultural centre with lecture hall, cafe and library. The library is one of Sweden's largest specialist libraries with an emphasis on migration, ethnicity, integration, cultural encounters, xenophobia, racism and cultural diversity.
The centre was founded in 1987 by the municipality of Botkyrka.
A pre-requisite of our attempts to enter into the on-going discussion about Botkyrka and Sweden as multi-cultural societies, is that we should be working with research and documentation. The research carried out at the Centre has been broadly concerned with the question of how society has been influenced by migration. It is based on the idea that a "multicultural society" is something more than just "people from different cultures". Immigration affects us all, directly or indirectly. How does Sweden change, given the needs and opportunities created by social and cultural diversity? The centre and its staff has been involved in a number of government investigations and evaluations e.g. of the Metropolitan development programme and of policies of multiculturalism and integration.
Take line 13 towards Norsborg (30 min from the T-centralen station). Get off at the Fittja station. It's a five-minute walk from here. Follow the signs to the right of the exit.
By car From Stockholm: take the E4 south (15 km). Turn off towards Ekerö/Västerhaninge, turn right at the third roundabout towards Fittja/Fittja centrum and then immediately left at the Mångkulturellt centrum sign. Drive under the railway bridge and turn left on Värdshusvägen. Follow the road to the end.
From Södertälje: Take the E4 north, pass the Tumba/Hallunda exit and the Fittja trafikplats sign and take the next exit, which has signs towards Huddinge (it doesn't say Fittja). Turn left in the roundabout and continue to the next roundabout. Head towards Fittja and turn left immediately after the roundabout at the Mångkulturellt centrum sign. See above. Park by the day-care centre.
The European Urban Knowledge Network is a European initiative in which 16 EU member states, the URBACT Programme, EUROCITIES and the European Commission participate. Its primary aim is to share knowledge and experience on tackling urban issues. In the EUKN European cities, urban researchers and knowledge institutes are connected. The Multicultural Centre is the EUKN National Focal Point in Sweden.