What’s on in Sweden: August 8 – 14

What’s on in Sweden: August 8 - 14
GoO8 festival, Lee "Scratch" Perry in Uppsala, My Animal Park by Mats Ringqvist
What’s on in Sweden: August 8th – 14th. Culture and city pride in Stockholm, Culture and jazz in Gothenburg, Deep Purple near Malmö and Reggae nights in Uppsala


Stockholm Culture Festival

Stockholm’s Culture Festival 2008 gets going on Tuesday. The six-day culture, music and arts festival will explode to life at venues across the centre of the city. More than 400 shows performed by 250 artists from all over the globe are on offer over a packed six day schedule.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Sergels Square, Brunkebergsporten and Kulturhuset

Time: Tuesday August 12th – Sunday August 17th

More information: www.stockholm.se


Stockholmer’s own festival takes place on 08-08-08 and begins at 08.08am. What’s the significance? – well it is the telephone prefix required for dialling ”The Capital of Scandinavia”, of course. A freak of the calender means this Saturday could not be more Stockholm and gives a good excuse for a party. Continuing the 08 theme – events and happenings will cost no more that 8 kronor.

Price: 0-8 kronor

Location: Starts in Globen at 8.08am with a free breakfast. Venues across the city centre

Time: Friday August 8th

More information: www.thecapitalofscandinavia.com

Vinterviken harvest market

Vinterviken is a lush oasis wedged between Aspudden and Gröndal. Well known for Alfred Nobel’s gunpowder factory and a thriving cafe it is also home to Vinterviken’s garden society, which on Sunday will host its first harvest market of the season.

Vegetables, juice, jams, oils, vinegars, honey – stock up your larders for the winter.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Vinterviken organic gardens, Vinterviksvägen 40

Times: Sunday August 10th, 11am-4pm

More information: www.vinterviken.com


Gothenburg Culture Festival 2008

Tuesday marks the start of the party that will bring Sweden’s second city to life. For six days the streets and squares will be transformed into festival venues with a wide assortment of entertainment. The broad mix on offer guarantees that there will be activities and entertainment to suit all ages and tastes. Best of all it won’t cost you a dime.

Price: Free of charge

Location: City centre

Time: Tuesday August 12th – Sunday August 17th

More information: www.goteborg.com

Gothenburg Jazz Festival

The 20th anniversary Gothenburg Jazz festival opens on Friday. Three days of swing, New Orleans jazz, gospel and blues will be performed at eight venues across the centre of the city.

Price: 690 kronor, reduced prices for students. Day tickets available.

Location: City centre

Time: Friday August 8th – Sunday August 10th

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.gothenburgjazzfestival.com

My Animal Park

Visit an unusual animal park and meet a five metre long dinosaur skeleton made from radiators, snakes and alligators from tyres, and bats from umbrellas.

Artist Eric Langert has created this inspiring exhibition which shows us an unusual and imaginative way of looking at our surroundings.

Price: 40 kronor.

Location: Maritime Museum, Karl Johansgatan

Time: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

More Information: www.goteborg.se


Deep Purple

Deep Purple were one of the most important and influential heavy metal bands of the 1970s. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock and will this Saturday play Öja Slottsruin near Ystad. If that’s not enough to make you take the half hour train ride from Malmö – Deep Purple will be joined by guests Europe and Bonafide.

Price: 425 kronor

Location: Öja Slottsruin, Ystad

Time: Saturday August 9th, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More Information: www.ojakrog.se

House of Dreams street-circus festival

Circus artists from Belgium, Holland, Spain, France and Argentina are on hand with impressive acrobatics, performance art and poetic juggling at the House of Dreams in the vibrant heart of Malmö suburb Rosengård. Music, workshops and face painting make this an outing for the whole family.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Drömmarnas Hus, Rosengård

Time: Saturday August 9th, 2pm

More Information: www.malmo.se

Skåne’s dance theatre

Skåne’s theatre dance company presents the highlights of the past year’s repertoire with inhouse choreographers and some of the theatre’s own dancers.

There will also be a chance to gain a sneak preview of the autumn’s new performance INTERFERENCE.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Amfiteatern, Pildammsparken

Time: Wednesday August 13th, 7pm

More Information: www.malmo.se


Uppsala Reggae Festival

This year marks the eighth edition of the Uppsala Reggae Festival. The festival is the largest strictly reggae music festival in Scandinavia and has been dubbed ”The Reggae Mecca of Scandinavia”. Burning Spear, Lee ”Scratch” Perry and Junior Reid will this year lead a host of stars from near and far that will turn the otherwise stately Swedish university town of Uppsala into an easy skanking punky reggae party.

Price: From 500 kronor

Location: On the banks of the Fyris river, Uppsala

Time: Thursday August 7th – Saturday August 9th

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More Information: www.uppsalareggaefestival.se