Barcelona's Sonar festival is bringing virtual sunshine to Stockholm this week. Photo: Manu Fernandez/TT
1. Sweat it out at the Sonar festival in Stockholm
The Barcelona-born music festival Sonar that specializes in unique electro sounds is heating up frozen Stockholm for the third year in a row this weekend. Energetic British DJ Annie Mac headlines alongside a host of international acts including New York's LE1F and veteran German house guru Rødhåd.
After being hosted by the somewhat corporate Radisson Waterfront venue in 2015, Sonar is this year relocating to a warehouse in the suburb of Sickla. Swedish band Niki and the Dove will kick off the two-day event and couldn't hide their excitement when they emailed The Local this week. "We are so happy and honoured to be opening the Sonar Festival on Friday! Especially since it's one of our favourite festivals!" they said.
When: February 26th and 27th
Tickets: One day pass 696 kronor ($80), weekend pass 950 kronor
2. Enjoy a Portuguese movie gem in Gothenburg, Stockholm or Västerås
Showcasing the best in contemporary Portuguese cinema in three Swedish cities this, the Frames Roots festival presents a range of movies by directors from the Mediterranean country. Among the more uplifting films on the programme is Jose and Pilar, which documents the life of the Nobel Prize Laureate José Saramago and his wife, focusing on his twin passions of writing and international travel and the pair's enduring love. Guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow!
When: February 22nd - 28th (Stockholm), February 27th (Gothenburg), March 2nd - 6th (Gothenburg)
Tickets: From 80 kronor or 250 kronor for a Stockholm festival pass
3. Sip on a Mexican cocktail at Stockholm's Yuc bar
It's always summer inside Stockholm's hippest Mexican venue, Yuc in Odenplan. Named after the Yucatan region on the country’s east coast, here you can inject some sunshine into your life by sipping on a classic Margarita or get a kick from a sour and spicy Jalapino. The venue also serves up a host of hot tacos and ceviche and some mouthwatering desserts to help you cool off afterwards. Swedish RnB and hip hop DJ Sabri Desbasai has been booked as Yuc's new resident spring DJ and is guaranteed to get you hot under the collar.
4. Go for a Salsa spin in Uppsala
Uppsala's dance centre offers a rainbow of international classes based on steps from sunnier climes, from Salsa, Bachata and Cubaton to Dancehall, Bollywood and Zumba. There are both drop-in lessons and longer courses, designed to get you in shape and in the groove in time for Sweden's summer.
Cost: Drop in classes from 150 kronor
Are you ready to get your Salsa dancing shoes on? Photo: AP/Francisco Seco/TT
5. Soak up Cuban sounds in Gothenburg
You'll find a fusion of Cuban and urban beats in west Sweden this weekend with performances by Yaite Ramos and El Hijo de la Cumbia at the Kulturhuset Oceanen venue. The former is a Paris-based Cuban musician who is the daughter of Jesus 'Aguajie' Ramos, Musical Director of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra. The latter (aka Emiliano Gomez) is an acclaimed Argentinian producer who has helped Ramos to create a melting pot of rap, reggae and Nu Cumbria flavours that will virtually transport you to your dream sunshine destination.
When: February 26th
6. Go for a sunny walk in Lysekil in southern Sweden
It's officially already spring in some parts of the country
, so why not head out for a sandy stroll and feel the sun on your face this weekend (even if it's still a bit too chilly to take off your gloves). The Bohuslän region in south-western Sweden is known for its abundance of gorgeous beaches with majestic rock formations sloping down to the sea, with the old fishing town of Lysekil offering some of the best. Several glaciation periods during the ice age created the rock faces' polished look, unique to this area.
Lysekil in southern Sweden. Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Check out the interactive table below for other fun events across the country this week