Something for the Weekend: The Local's Guide to What's On

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Something for the Weekend: The Local's Guide to What's On

Fancy taking in a traditional Swedish Christmas market? Or what about an evening of jazz in Stockholm? All this and more in our weekly guide to what's on in Sweden's main cities this weekend.




Josef Fares - one of Sweden's leading directors - releases his new movie, Leo.

The film goes on general release on Friday, November 30th.

What's it about? Read Charlotte West's review.



Swedish war booty

During the many wars in Sweden’s “Age of Greatness” (the 17th century), objects such as weapons, armour, books, paintings and other cultural objects were plundered in the same same way that lands were conquered and money seized. This is Sweden’s first ever major exhibition specifically dealing with Swedish war booty.

Location: Livrustkammaren (War Armoury), Slottsbacken 3.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-5pm.

More information: Livrustkammaren

Entrance fee: 50kr (Under-18s free)

Gerry Johansson

During the past year, Gerry Johansson has focused mainly on urban photography. However, in his new exhibition, Landsbygd (Countryside) at Nordiska Museet, he depicts rural Sweden in black and white photographs. The exhibition features Johansson's work from the 1980s to today.

Location: Nordiska Museet, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16.

Friday, November 30th, 10am-4pm

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm

...and continuing to 7th January 2008.

Entrance fee: 60kr (under-18s free)

More information:

Christmas Exhibition

The Bergius Botanical Gardens (Bergianska Trädgården) offer a botanical perspective on Christmas with an exhibition of Christmas plants, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. You can also see the traditional spices for mulled wine (glögg) and gingerbread cookies such as cinnamon and cardamom. The gardens also host a small Christmas market selling decorations, Christmas cards and seasonal Swedish delicacies.

Location: Bergianska Trädgården, Frescati.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11am - 4pm

Entrance fee is 40 kronor.

More information: <a href="


Martin Parr

An "innovative and provocative" photo exhibition by a British photographer known for masking profound statements about modern life behind outwardly prosaic images. Features Parr's work between 1971-2000.

Location: Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg.

Friday 11am-9pm.

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm.

...and continuing to 6th January 2008.

More information:

ARAKI - Self. Life. Death

A controversial Japanese photographer who examines topics including sexuality and death. Not recommended for children under the age of 15.

Friday 11am-9pm.

Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm.

...and continuing to 27th January 2008

More information:

Films in English:

Letters Home

Chantal Akerman's 1986 movie about the letter exchange between Sylvia Plath and her mother.

Location: Biografen Sture, Birger Jarlsgatan 41.

Times: Friday, November 30th, 4:30.

More information: (Swedish)

Phone: 08-678 85 48

Sleuth (Swe: 'Skuggspel')

Jude Law and Michael Caine in this Kenneth Branagh-directed, Harold Pinter-scripted in a remake of the 1972 film starring Lawrence Olivier. Five showings daily on Saturday and Sunday.

Location: Biografen Sture, Birger Jarlsgatan 41.

More information and tickets:

Phone: 08-678 85 48

Concerts and clubs:

Jazz at the Glenn Miller Cafe

The Kristian Harborg Quartert performs at the Glenn Miller Cafe.

Friday November 30th, 8pm

Saturday, December 1st, 8.30pm

Location: Glenn Miller Cafe, Brunnsgatan 21A.

More information: (Swedish).

Phone: 08-10 03 22

Ayla and the Christmas Orchestra

This weekend, Ayla Kabaca and the Christmas Orchestra will be at Skansen to set your feet tapping and get you dancing round the Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 1st, 11am - 5pm

Location: Skansen, Bollnästorget, Djurgårdsslätten 49-51.

More Information: [email protected] or

Phone: 08- 442 80 00


Dinner and Opera

Giubilare - Spaghetti Opera 9. Eat dinner while you're serenaded by the Giubilare Opera.

Friday, November 30th, 7pm

Location: Regina - Stockholms Operamathus, Drottninggatan 71A.

Standard price: 645 kronor, including dinner.

More Information: (Swedish)

Phone: 08-411 63 20

Communicating Doors

This weekend sees the final performances of The Stockholm Players' production of Alan Ayckbourn's thriller/comedy Communicating Doors. The Stockholm Players are the oldest English-speaking theatre group in Sweden and put on several plays each year.

Friday, November 30th, 7pm

Saturday, December 1st, 7pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 3pm

Location: Sibyllegatan 29, Östermalm

Order tickets by emailing dave.m[email protected] or calling Dave Meur on 070 993 49 50:

Price: Adults 150 kronor, Student/Pensioner/Members/Groups (10+): 100 kronor.

For more


Katarina Kyrka

Begin Advent with Swedish Christmas music accompanied by the choir at Katarina Church. Seats fill up fast, so book tickets as soon as possible by

calling Britt-Inger Jonsson Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm.

Location: Katarina Kyrka.

Times: Fully booked except Saturday, December 1st, 6pm.

Phone: 08- 743 68 00/16

More information:<a href="http://">

Christmas Market

Kungsträdgården's Christmas Market (Kungsans julmarknad) opens this Friday, November 30th, at 11.00. You can find anything from traditional Swedish warm mulled wine (glögg) and reindeer meat to Swedish santa dolls (jultomtar).

Location: Kungsträdgården, Stockholm.

Times: November 30th - December 23rd 11am - 6pm

Gröna Lund

Stockholm's theme park Gröna Lund reopened for the winter season last Friday Novemeber 23rd. Enjoy the rides, do some Christmas shopping, or skate on the ice rink.

More information:



Fair Fashion

The fashion business is one of the largest industries. With growing demand and constant changes, it can place strains not only on consumers but also on the environment. This exhibition is led by Eko Reko fashion designers and features clothes from both large and small clothing companies. You can also attend seminars by researchers, politicians, and leaders in the

fashion industry .

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm - 5pm (regular opening times for Världskulturmuseet).

Location: Världskulturmuseet, Södra vägen 54.

More information: More information:

Phone: 031- 63 27 30

Ragnar Persson

Currently on display at Galleri Box, Persson's work is a combination of hard rock, dreams and memories.

Saturday/Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Location: Galleri Box, Kastellgatan 10.

More information: (Swedish)

Phone: 031- 13 20 37

Nan Goldin

The American photographer was in the news after one of her images (owned by Elton John) was seized in Britain when police deemed it 'indecent'. The investigation was later dropped. On a brighter note, she won the prestigious Hasselblad Prize, meaning her work is currently on display at Gothenburg's Hasselblad Center.

Open Friday Sunday 11am-5pm, Wednesday 11am-9pm, Tuesdays & Thursday's 11am-6pm. Exhibition continues to 13th


Location: Hasselblad Center, Konstmuseet, Gtaplatsen.

More information:

Concerts and clubs:


Join in the festivities at Liseberg in the weeks heading up to Christmas. For the next four Sundays, Lotta Engberg hosts JulLotta with some of Sweden's best artists. This weekend you get the chance to see Sofia Källgren, Stephen Brandt-Hansen, and Öyunn Björge.

Location: Stora Scenen, Liseberg

Sunday, December 2nd, 4pm

More information: <a href="å+liseberg/


Stereo Total

Sticky Fingers' Top Floor holds rock-influenced concerts a few times a week and has become Göteborg's hotspot for the not-so-well-known bands. After the concert is over, Top Floor joins the rest of Sticky Fingers for a rock party. This weekend, Stereo Total is performing.

Location: Sticky Fingers Top Floor, Kaserntorget 7.

Time: Friday, November 30th, 8pm

More information: StickyFingers


Finland's biggest rock/metal band, Nightwish, is coming to Lisebergshallen this Friday night. This will be their first performance in Göteborg with their new Swedish singer. Must be over 13 to enter.

Location: Lisebergshallen.

Time: Friday, November 30th, 7.30pm

Phone: 031- 400 200

More information: <a href="ållning/Lisebergshallen/



Cabaret Cartwright

Test out your Swedish with an evening of comedy and song featuring barber shop group After Shave and Den Ofattbara Orkestern. All while tucking into Kajskjul 8's seasonal fare. A classic Swedish 'krogshow'.

Friday, 30th November, 7pm

Saturday, 1st December, 7pm

and continuing...

Location: Kajskjul 8

Tickets at

More information at (Swedish).


Christmas at Liseberg

Celebrate Christmas this year at Liseberg which hosts Sweden's largest Christmas market. You can find anything from homemade mustard to beautiful artwork and Christmas sweets.

Location: Liseberg

Friday, November 30th, 3pm - 10pm

Saturday, December 1st, 12pm - 10 pm

Sunday, December 2nd, 1pm - 9pm

...and continuing

More information: <a href="å+liseberg/jul+på


Merida CX Grand Prix

This is the final weekend of cyclo-cross around Slottsskogsvallen in central Gothenburg. Hosted by commentator Roberto Vacchi.

Entrance is free. A fantastic way to spend a December weekend in Gothenburg.

Location: Slottsskogsvallen

Saturday, December 1st, from 10am

Sunday, December 2nd, from 10am

...specific race times listed on the website

More information: (Swedish).



Peter Wahlbeck

Peter Wahlbeck's paintings are currently on display at Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist. Downstairs there is also an exhibition of Karolina Wojcik's artwork.

Location: Galleri Rönnquist & Rönnquist, Isak Slaktaregatan 3.

Friday, November 30th 12pm - 6pm

Saturday, December 1st, and Sunday, December 2nd 12pm - 3pm

...and continuing until December 16th.

From Harlem to Wall Street

Photographer Michael Stiller spent one week at the end of last October 2007 taking detailed photographs of New York. His work can now be viewed at Galleri Artholia.

Location: Galleri Artholia, Stora Nygatan 79.

Saturday, December 1st 11pm - 6pm

Sunday, December 2nd 12pm - 4pm

...and continuing until December 23rd.

Concerts and clubs:

Love is All You Need

Clabbe presents the best hits from the 1960's performed by Sweden's best tribute band, Liverpool and The Repeatles, in a truly nostalgic Christmas show. The theatre opens at 6.30 pm on both Friday and Saturday, but the show does not begin until around 9pm.

Location: Teater Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksgatan 7A.

Times: Friday, November 30th, 6.30pm

Saturday, December 1st, 6.30pm

Prices: 95-645 kronor

More information: Slagthuset (Swedish).

A Christmas Show in A Glenn Miller Mood

Jan Slottenäs Storband is back from a tour in the US and this weekend it's their Christmas concert in Malmö. The concert features Glenn Miller melodies.

Location: Malmö Konserthus

Time: Friday, November 30th, 7.30pm

Price: 390 kronor.

More information and tickets: (Swedish).

Or Ticnet


Best of Dallas

Teater Terrier's twentieth and final production, Best of Dallas, "is about all the love we never got to see" in the long-running TV series. The producers say the production plays with Dallas's fetishes "in exploring male fantasies about power and sexuality."

Location: Teater Terrier, Norra Vallgatan 28.

Friday November 30th 7.30pm

Saturday, December 1st 7.30 pm

...and continuing until December 16th.

More information: Kulturcentralen


Phone: 040-10 30 20


60 Years of Svenska Lundby Dolls' Houses: Take a peek inside ten exclusive dolls' houses with furnishings and dolls dating back to the 1940s. Svenska Lundby was the first company in the world to mass-produce dolls' houses equipped with electricity.

Location: Fredriksbergsgatan 16E.

Saturday, November 24th, 11am

Sunday, November 25th, 11am

...and continuing until January 13th.

More information: Museet Leksaksland.


Christmas Market

This year's Christmas Market in Södertull opens this weekend. Here you can find traditional handicraft, Christmas sweets and food.

Location: Södra Tullgatan.

Friday, November 30th 11am - 6pm

Saturday, December 1st, 11 - 6pm

Sunday, December 2nd 11am - 6pm

...and continuing until December 23rd.

More information: Södertull

Christmas Market.

Are you organizing an event you think The Local's readers would be interested in? Or maybe you've just heard of something interesting going on in your area. We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with a brief description. Let us know dates, times, location and website/contact details.

Compiled by Jasmine Enberg


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