What’s on in Sweden: March 21st – 27th

What to do for the week: Bash eggs in Stockholm, see Kent in Malmö, or go salsa dancing in Gothenburg.


Persian New Year

It’s time again to celebrate the Persian New Year with a spectacular concert this Friday night. PLE invites you to Globen to listen to a mix of music legends and up and coming stars such as Shahram, who has been one of Iran’s hottest artists, and Shohreh with their unique and energetic stage show. One of Stockholm’s most famous DJs, Crush, will also be there to add to the festivities.

Price: 345 kronor

Location: Globens Annex, Globentorget.

Times: Saturday, March 22nd, 8pm

More information:

Tickets: Ticnet or 077- 170 70 70


Äggpickning is an old Swedish Easter tradition that is still upheld today. The game is played by two people, each with a hard-boiled egg. The opponents have to knock the eggs against each other, and the first one whose egg cracks on both ends loses.

Learn the game and celebrate Easter in the traditional Swedish style this weekend at Skansen.

Location: Skansen Open Air Museum, Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården.

Times: Saturday, March 22nd, 11am-4pm

… and continuing.

Phone: 08- 442 80 00

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Shen Yun

Traditional Chinese dance, song and music combined with beautiful handmade costumes and perfect choreography. It is an amazing show that captivated audiences in New York, Berlin, and Paris. Don’t miss your chance to see over 100 artists and musicians from the New York based group as the tour the world over.

Price: 470-565 kronor

Location: Cirkus, Stockholm.

Times: Monday, March 24th, 8pm

…and continuing to Wednesday, March 26th.

More information:

Tickets: Ticnet or 077- 170 70 70


Chaplin is the first exhibition based solely on the Chaplin family’s private archives. Through films and photographs we can understand the private and very public life of the icon.

Location: Galleri 5, Kulturhuset.

Times: Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm (closed Friday and Monday for Easter).

…and continuing. (Regular opening hours apply after Easter Monday).

Phone: 08- 508 315 08

More information: (English).

The Proclaimers

A band from Scotland that plays upbeat folk rock music in a strong Scottish accent. The band formed in 1983 and their track I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) was a smash hit. Although the subsequent seven albums were not as successful, their music is

of a consistently high quality. Their songs speak about politics, love, and life in Scotland with a touch of humour.

Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74.

Times: Tuesday, March 25th, 9pm

Phone: 08- 453 34 00

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Kent, one of Scandinavia’s best known rock bands, continues this year’s tour with two concerts in Malmö this weekend.

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Baltiska Hallen, Erik Perssons väg

Times: Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd, 8pm

Phone: 040 – 30 20 11

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70

Narratives from the Private

An exhibition by five contemporary Turkish photographers. To depict the lifestyle in Turkey, the photographs focus on themselves, their families, friends, and home towns.

Location: Borggården, Malmö Museer

Times: Wednesday, March 26th 12pm-4pm

…and continuing

Phone: 040 – 34 44 37

Tristan and Isolde

Another chance to experience the Metropolitan Opera in High Definition live from New York. The satellite transmission starts one hour before the performance of Tristan and Isolde so that the audience in Malmö can watch as the audience arrives at the Met Opera.

Price: 290 kronor

Location: Biograf Spegeln, Stortorget 29.

Times: Saturday, March 15th, 6.30pm

Phone: 040 – 10 30 20

Motor Fair

Price: 130 kronor (Children 7-14 60 kronor)

Location: MalmöMässan.

Times: Thursday, March 27th 12pm-8pm

…and continuing.

Phone: 040- 690 85 00

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Scandinavian Salsa Congress 2008

This is the largest salsa congress in Scandinavia with over 3,000 participants from all over the world. The congress hosts workshops, shows, and all-night parties. Salsa world champions, Ricardo and Viviana, will perform.

Price: 200-1800 kronor

Location: Elite Park Avenue Hotel, Kungsportsavenyn 36-38

Times: Thursday, March 27th

…and continuing.

Phone: 031- 727 10 00

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Maggie Reilly

A concert by Maggie Reilly in which she will perform her popular songs “Every time we touch” and “To France.”

Price: 300 kronor

Location: Åby Travet, Mölndal.

Time: Sunday, March 23rd, 7.30pm

Tickets: 077- 170 70 70


Lenny Kravitz lets it rip on stage in Sweden

US artist Lenny Kravitz made headlines when he rocked his pants off at a rip-roaring gig in Stockholm last night – literally.

Kravitz performed to an audience of thousands of cheering fans at Stockholm's biggest theme park – Gröna Lund – on Monday night.

And the rock legend, who is not known for pulling any punches on stage, went all in to offer his Swedish audience the whole package. Yes, the whole package.

For as Kravitz crouched down in a laws-of-physics-defying way right at the start of the energetic performance, he managed to split his leather outfit at crotch level – leaving the artist with a gaping hole in his trousers.

And if there was one thing we did not know about the 51-year-old artist before that we know now – it is that he does not wear underwear. Let's just say the audience went nuts.

The Local is unable to publish picture proof of the revealing incident, but curious readers may click on the tweet below. Warning: contains nudity. Do not click if you are at work.

After leaving the stage for several minutes, the rocker reappeared in a new pair of trousers. And that's how you crack into the history books, folks.

“The producer stepped up and said that they had 'some problems on stage'. A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers',” a member of the audience, named only as Sara, told the Expressen tabloid after the show.

“It was insane, I killed myself laughing. And then I called my mum who was there at the show as well. Her reaction was the same and she almost killed herself laughing too,” she added.

Behind hits such as 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over', 'American Woman' and aptly titled 'Fly Away', Kravitz has sold almost 40 million albums worldwide and holds the record of most Grammy Awards in the category Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He commented on the incident in Stockholm late on Tuesday by tweeting a screen shot of a text message from fellow rock star Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame:

It is not the first time a world artist has a mishap on stage in Sweden this summer. But while Kravitz suffered only an awkward wardrobe malfunction, rocker Dave Grohl broke his leg in concert in Gothenburg in June.

The 46-year-old Foo Fighters frontman made headlines around Europe when he spectacularly returned after being briefly rushed to hospital to complete the show in a cast.