What's on in Sweden: International poetry festival & American football in Stockholm; International art biennial & World music festival in Gothenburg; Kings of Convenience (NO) in Malmö/Lund
Ordspråk 2009 - International Poetry Festival
Ordspråk is an international poetry festival taking place at Stockholm Stadsteater and the Regina theatre in Uppsala this weekend.
This year's focus is on the USA and brings two double National Poetry Slam Champs, Sonya Reness and Anis Mojgani to these climes.
Compatriot Steve Larkin will also be performing, as well as Andreattah Chuma from Botswana, and Sweden's own Daniel Boyacioglu and Soran Ismail.
Price: 230 kronor
Time: Friday October 2nd & Saturday October 3rd, 7.30pm
Tickets: International Poetry Festival Tickets
Location: Stockholmsstadsteatern, Sergels torg & Reginateatern, Trädgårdsg. 6, Uppsala
More information: International Poetry Festival Programme
Azhar Usman (US)
Azhar Usman was one of the founders of "Allah made me funny", a riproaringly successful stand up show at home in the USA and abroad.
Usman brings his brand of holy humour to Södra Teatern on Tuesday as the guest of the American Embassy in Stockholm and it won't cost you a dime.
Price: Free of charge
Time: Tuesday October 6th, 9.30pm
Tickets: Azhar Usman Tickets
Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg 1-3
More information: Azhar Usman at Södra Teatern
International American Football - Sweden vs Finland
Sweden's gridiron community gets its own "Finnkamp" when Sweden entertains Finland in an international American Football match in Östermalm on Saturday.
Matches will take place between both women's and men's teams.
Price: 150 kronor
Time: Saturday October 3rd, 11am & 1.15pm
Tickets: At the gate
Location: Östermalms IP, Fiskartorpsvägen 2
More information: International gridiron
Josh Tillman & Malcolm Middleton (US/UK)
US singer-songwriter Josh Tillman made his name as a member of the Seattle band The Fleet Foxes.
The release of his solo album, "Vacilando Territory Blues" in the early spring 2009 has establish him as a rising star in his own right and has won him praise worldwide.
Scot Malcolm Middleton, one half of the pop duo Arab Strap will support.
Price: 150 kronor
Time: Friday October 2, 7pm
Tickets: Josh Tillman Tickets
Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgaplatsen
More information: Josh Tillman at Debaser
ISCM World New Music Days
ISCM World New Music Days is a large international festival with a focus on new contemporary music and sound art. Composers from around the globe have sent in works to the festival which unites musicians from all corners of the world in three locations across Sweden - Visby, Växjö and Gothenburg.
The festival hold its finale this weekend in central Gothenburg
Price: 100 kronor for the festival card plus concert entry
Time: Thursday October 1st - Sunday October 4th
Tickets: Listen to the World Tickets
Location: Locations across Gothenburg
More information: Listen to the World
Ane Brun (NO)
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun brings her myriad country and blues-inspired talents to Lorensbergteatern on Sunday.
Brun has scored a series of successes since moving to Stockholm nine years ago. Her latest album "Changing of the Seasons" further established her burgeoning reputation in Scandinavia and abroad.
Price: 300 kronor
Time: Sunday October 4th, 8pm
Tickets: Ane Brun Tickets
Location: Lorensbergsteatern, Berzelliigatan 4
More information: Ane Brun plays Gothenburg
inuti - Jeanette Langert
Gothenburg-based choreographer Jeanetta Langert returns with "inuti" - a dance performance drawing inspiration from the work of Elfride Jelinek (the 2004 winner of the Nobel prize for literature).
Langert has previously won praise for "Fröken", an interpretation of August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" and she is one of the most exciting young dance choreographers working Sweden today.
Price: 150/110 kronor
Time: Thursday October 8th, 11am (open rehearsal); Friday October 16th, 7pm (première); Saturday October 17th, 7pm & Wednesday October 21st, 1.30pm & 7pm
Tickets: inuti Tickets
Location: Pustervik Teater, Järntorgsgatan 12
More information: Pustervik Theatre
Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
The fifth Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art continues this week at venues across the city.
This year’s theme is "What a Wonderful World," and is curated by Celia Prado and Johan Pousette, and presents works by 17 artists from different parts of the world.
Price: Gothenburg Art Biennial hours & admission
Time: Saturday September 5th - Sunday November 15th
Tickets: Venue entry
Location: Art Biennial Venues
More information: Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Kings of Convenience (NO)
Norway's equivalent to Simon & Garfunkel, the Kings of Convenience are back with a new album entitled "Declaration of Dependence" and come to Lund on the second date of their Scandinavian tour.
The duo broke through in 200 with their self-titled album, followed up with "Quiet is the New Loud" and "Riot on an Empty Street" in 2004, and have worked with the likes of Feist.
Price: 250 kronor
Time: Sunday October 4th, 7pm
Tickets: Kings of Convenience Tickets
Location: Mejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64
More information: Kings of Convenience play Mejeriet
Jazz queen Lisa Ekdahl brings her dulcet tones to Malmö's Babel on Saturday.
Ekdahl is one of the most well known Swedish performers and has produced memorable music in both Swedish and English.
This tour promises something of the "Best of Lisa" and is promoting her latest album "Give Me That Slow Knowing Smile".
Price: 275 kronor
Time: Saturday October 3rd, 7pm
Tickets: Lisa Ekdahl Tickets
Location: Babel, Spångatan 38
More information: Lisa Ekdahl at Babel
Bern Kerlsey (UK) - Sweden's only Swinglish comic
Sweden based Anglo comic and The Local blogger Ben Kersley brings his brand of quintessentially Swinglish humour to the twin cities of Norrköping and Linköping next week.
Ben will also be performing at the Playhouse Theatre in Stockholm on Sunday October 11th.
Time: Sunday October 4th, 7.30pm & Wednesday October 7th, 7.30pm
Tickets: On the door
Location: Kultukammaren, Norrköping & Lillascenen, Linköping
More information: Ben Kersley - 110% Lagom
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