River of Light

National Network

Hagtornsstigen 7
41321 Göteborg

E-Mail (2)
E-Mail (3)
Mobile Phone
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Human rights
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Youth and education
General Information

River of Light is an NGO set up by 3 founding members in 2018 to provide an inclusive civic arts intervention which culminates on 20 February (UN's World Day of Social Justice), in a large scale event in the heart of Gothenburg city.

The organization was created in the belief that creativity & working with artists can accelerate the process of integration especially amongst unaccompanied minors and their Swedish peers.

There is a part-time coordinator & artists are employed on a project by project basis. The programme is supported by Göteborg Stad and VG Regionen & various trusts & foundations (c. 200,000 sek per year/per project).

ROL works on artistic projects in partnership with institutions including the World Culture Museum , Gothenburg University, the Röhsska Museum, community organisations Blå Stället, Frölunda Kulturhus, Support Group network & with formal and informal education providers, offering inclusive workshop experiences.

Mission and Objectives

River of Light (ROL) is a non-profit association. ROL is an independent, non-political and non religiously affiliated association and its mission is to provide opportunities for innovative, creative and social engagement. The vision is for an inclusive society where there is respect for difference and everyone lives equally and free from discrimination.

The project was created in the belief that creativity and working with artists can accelerate the process of integration especially amongst unaccompanied minors and their Swedish peers. It is home to a diversity of people and ideas, ROL reflects a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and the cultivation of integrity, compassion, civility and ethical behavior as foundational to living well together.

Main Projects / Activities

The main activities are workshop based (for example lantern -making) which serve as meeting points in the community for new arrivals and Swedish young people and families, and use art as a tool to break the boundaries of language, geography, cultural divisions and thereby bring people of all kinds of backgrounds together who would not normally meet.

ROL works in partnership with arts institutions, in community settings and in informal and formal educational settings to introduce new and sustainable ways of working. ROL also offers training days for students in higher education and teachers, and training and work opportunities for artists from a range of cultural backgrounds making them more visible to the arts and arts education sectors.

Contact (1) Full Name
Behjat Omer Abdulla
Job Title
Artistic Director
Head of the organisation
Behjat Omer Abdulla/Denise L Mellion
Contact (2) Full Name
Denise L Mellion
Job Title (2)