What's on in Sweden: November 21st – 27th. International Film Festival & Mali Bluesman in Stockholm; the search for Lucia & Lambchop in Gothenburg; Jose Carrerras in Malmö
International Film Festival
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone and prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, because this weekend sounds the start of the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival.
Steven Soderbergh's Argentina, Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom, Laurent Cantet's The Class, Oliver Stone's W and Baz Luhrman's Australia are just a handful of what's on show over the 11 day festival of film.
Wong Kar Wai and Charlotte Rampling are this year's guests of honour.
Price: 220 kronor for the obligatory festival card and then from 50 kronor/film
Location: Cinemas across the city
Time: Thursday November 20th - Sunday November 30th
Tickets: Film Festival Tickets
More information: Stockholm International Film Festival
Boubacar "Kar Kar" Traoré (Mali)
Boubacar Traoré, or Kar Kar as he is known to his fans, has a long career behind him. In the 1960s he Mali's superstar in the class of Elvis Presley and his soulful blues retain their resonance and relevance today.
On Thursday The Bluesman from Mali
plays Södra Teatern's Kägelbanan.
Price: 195 kronor
Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1
Time: Thursday November 27th, 8pm
More Information: Boubacar Traoré
Intercult: "I don't know you but we may have a future together"
As part of the Intercult project the highly acclaimed Swedish artist Mikael Lundberg meets the emergent video artist from Romania, Cristina David. After a week of exploring Stockholm, they will build up an installation, present their work and discuss with you. The discussion will be conducted in English.
The Intercult project is a cooperation between diverse partners with the vision "to invigorate cultural life in Sweden with international experiences and influences, increasing diversity in the cultural sector."
Price: Free of charge
Location: Intercult-Annexet, Nytorgsgatan 15 (Sandbacksgatan 8)
Time: Saturday November 22nd, 5pm - 7pm; Sunday November 23rd, 1pm - 4pm
More information: Intercult
DV8 Physical Theatre – To Be Straight With You
To Be Straight with You
is a poetic but unflinching exploration of tolerance, intolerance, culture, religion and homo/sexuality. The performance is based on more than 80 interviews with men and women living in the UK by the cult modern dance company DV8.
DV8’s new production gives a frightening picture of reality and questions how society can unite religious beliefs with the human rights that apply to all regardless of sexuality, gender and cultural background.
Price: 270 kronor (discounts for those under-26)
Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhustorget
Time: Thursday November 20th - Saturday November 22nd, 7pm
More Information: DV8 Physical Theatre
Gothenburg's Lucia - The search begins
Yes, it's coming up to that time of year again. When grown men wear pointy red hats and dress up as elves and star-boys, and earn their Christmas dinner by singing in parts with a group of the fairest of them all.
Gothenburg and GP have, since 1935, conducted a search for the city's Lucia and raised a large amount of money for charity in the process.
This year's round of concerts kick off in Tjolöholms Slott on Thursday and continues until Lucia Day on December 13th.
Location: Lucia Concerts
Tickets: Call Göteborgs Posten customer service on 031 - 624558
More information: Gothenburg's Lucia
Nashville band Lambchop have been one of the heavyweight names on the alternative scene for several years and the original orchestra can be anything from 8-17 members but always with Kurt Wagner in the midst.
Wagner's deeply literary lyrics and precisely arranged songs are of the highest quality in the ears of Lambchop's apprecionados.
The band seems keen on Sweden and this is the fifth consecutive occasion that they have included our northerly climes on their tour map.
Price: 220 kronor
Location: Sticky Fingers, Kasentorget
Time: Thursday November 21st, 8pm
More Information: Sticky Fingers
A farce in English about a farce. The play by Michael Frayn is about a theatre ensemble which is desperately trying to put together a play, Nothing On
, while their private lives sabotage rehearsals and the performance.
was awarded both the Evening Standard prize and Olivier Award for Best Comedy when it premièred in London.
The play is performed in English by the Gothenburg Drama Group.
Price: 120 kronor (100 kronor for students)
Location: Teaterhuset Mölndal, Baggaåkersgatan 8
Time: Tuesday 25th – Thursday November 27th, 7pm
Tickets: Noises Off Tickets
More information: Noises Off
Jose Carreras (SPAIN)
World renowned tenor, Jose Carreras, sings at Malmö Arena on Friday evening.
Carreras, who came to prominence as on of "The Three Tenors" along with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo, has included the southern Swedish town along with Norrköping on his "Mediterranean Passion Tour".
Carreras is joined by the soprano Sabina Puertolas and backed up by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Price: From 600 kronor
Location: Malmö Arena, Annetorpsvägen 2B
Time: Saturday November 22nd, 7.30pm
More Information: Malmö Arena
Continuing the Canadian theme at KB, this week the venue welcomes singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards to Malmö.
Edwards has been a favourite of the critics since the release of her debút album "Failer" in 2003. This year she has released her third album entitled "Asking for Flowers" with stories full of love, hope and humour that will help her adoring audience beat off the annual November blues.
Edwards completes her three date Sweden tour in Malmö and can be also be seen in the Stenhammarsalen in Gothenburg and at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Price: 150 kronor
Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18
Time: Wednesday November 26th, 9pm
More Information: kulturbolaget