What’s on in Sweden: August 22 – 28

What’s on in Sweden: August 22nd – 28th. The Voice of Peace & Salong Giraff in Stockholm; theatre, dance & midnight running in Gothenburg and Eugene Chadbourne in Malmö

What’s on in Sweden: August 22 - 28
Salong Giraff, Les Colporteurs, Bodies Without Organs


Vox Pacis – The Voice of Peace

In a cynical world we need voices of hope. That is the message behind a magnificent musical adventure planned for Stockholm City Hall this weekend. More than 130 artists from around the world will join together in song to meet the “challenge to humanity.”

Vox Pacis is part of a global movement to enhance cultural and religious dialogue. It is also a chance for Stockholm residents and tourists alike to witness Tibetan throat singing, Chinese choirs, Sami joik, Sufi desert song and sacred dance without the discomfort of travel.

The event is accompanied by a week of fringe activities and the ticket price includes entry to the Nobel museum.

Price: 350 kronor/700 kronor for a family ticket

Location: The Blue Hall in Stockholm City Hall

Time: Friday August 22nd & Saturday August 23rd, 8.30pm


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Club Killers featuring Ane Brun, Asha Ali & Titiyo

Roots, ska, dub & reggae. These soulful beats with roots in 1950s Jamaica have perhaps never sounded better than this.

The 15-person house band led by Viktor Brobacke & Gustav Bendt (Moneybrother) will make a late autumn evening on Mosebacke’s panoramic terrace seem like a cold Red Stripe on a golden Caribbean beach.

What’s more they are joined this week by Titiyo, Asha Ali and the dulcet bluegrass tones of Norway’s Ane Brun.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Mosebacke Terrace, Mosebacke torg

Time: Monday August 25th, 6pm

Tickets: Multi Kulti St.Paulsgatan 3, near Slussen

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Salong Giraff

For the third consecutive year Parkteatern in Vitabergsparken plays host to vaudeville theatre and Salong Giraff.

Salong Giraff will this year present a new selection of high and low brow acts scraped from the underbelly of Stockholm’s culture scene and introduced with the acid wit of its infernal anthroposophic compère Robert Fux.

Opera singers, temperamental circus princesses, Finnish strong women, accordion players, naturists and many more…Pack your picnic and get there early.

Price: Free of charge

Location: The Open Air Theatre (Friluftsteatern), Vitabergsparken

Times: Friday August 22nd

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Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival

The Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival is Sweden’s international festival for contemporary dramatic art and is held every other year. Companies from across the globe come to Sweden’s second city to present dance, theatre, dance, new-circus and performance art.

Location: Venues across the city

Time: Friday August 15th – Saturday August 23rd


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Midnight Race

Join the sweaty masses pounding the late evening streets of central Gothenburg on Saturday night. No race has the atmosphere and joviality of the Midnight Race and at 10 kilometres is a reasonable prospect for most.

This very Swedish event started in Stockholm and been running since 1982. So dig out your running shoes and take this chance to lose some of that holiday paunch.

Price: 450 kronor

Location: City centre

Time: Saturday August 23rd, 10pm

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Volvo City Sailing

The highlight of the sailing race season comes to Sweden’s second city on Saturday. Gothenburg stakes a claim to be the country’s maritime capital and here the racing can be seen in the shadow of the magnificent Opera house.

Racing will take place close in to the quayside and is an event for the whole family.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Opera, Christina Nilssons Gata

Time: Saturday August 23rd

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Malmö Festival 2008

The festival reaches its climax on Friday with highlights including Etienne De Crécy (FR), a chance to witness the northern lights, Midnight Cowboy in the film tent, drop-in salsa, The Jayhawks’ Mark Olson (US), Bodies Without Organs and so, so much more…

Price: Free of charge

Location: Venues across the city

Time: Saturday August 15th – August 22nd

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Eugene Chadbourne

Highly eclectic and unconventional Eugene Chadbourne from New York is an American, improviser, guitarist and banjoist. He started out playing rock and roll guitar but his most formative influence may be jazz.

Chadbourne has worked with Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, Jello Biafra, Jim O’Rourke and numerous other artists across the musical genres. On Saturday he brings his blend of sound to Malmö’s Institutet.

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Institutet, Norra Vallgatan 28

Time: Sunday August 23rd, 7pm

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Something for young and old alike. Four percussionists join together for a lively, dynamic performance making use of everyday items and traditional musical instruments alike to produce a mix of Cuban, west African and world rhythms.

No time to sit still – dancing, jumping, singing, clapping and general revelry are the order of the day.

Price: 25 kronor for 3-years-old to the grave

Location: Lilla scen, Folkets Park

Time: Sunday August 24th, 2pm

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WHAT’S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in February

It's a good idea to go out and socialize during the dark Scandinavian winter. But where to go? Here's an overview of events taking place for English speakers in Sweden for February 2020.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in February
Looking for a fun activity to brighten up February? Priscilla du Preez / Unsplash


English Debate Club

Where: Cafe Dox, Stora Nygatan 31, Gamla Stan, 111 27

When: February 4th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: The English Debate Club

The English Debate Club in Stockholm is a place where people can improve their English language and debating skills. Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills are also welcome. The event is free to attend.

Spanish tapas gastronomic workshop

Where: Ekhagsvägen 44, Östermalm

When: February 4th, 10am – 1:30pm

Event by: Anna Fernandez

Are you looking for some sunlight in the dark Swedish winter? Dive into the Mediterranean cuisine during this cooking workshop where you'll get started with Spanish tapas. Among other things, Spanish artichokes, tortilla and prawns are on the menu, and tickets are 950 kronor. 

Architecture, Food trends and Microgreens seminar 

Where:   Gärdesgatan 14, Stockholm 

When: February 6th, 5pm – 9pm

Event by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma

The Italian Trade Agency is organizing a seminar about sustainability, social engagement and the new shape of local production in the food industry. The event is part of the Stockholm Design Week, running from February 3rd to 9th. Anyone interested in developments in sustainable food production is welcome at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Workshop: What You Need to Thrive As a Freelancer and Entrepreneur

Where: Frey's Hotel Lilla Radmannen, Rådmansgatan 67

When: February 13th, 3.30pm – 5pm

Event by: Supreneur

For many people, the freedom of working as a freelancer is a dream. But what do you need to make your start as a freelancer or entrepreneur a success? This workshop promises to give you the necessary knowledge and tools to create a flying start with your projects. The events costs 120 kronor plus VAT per person.

How To Fall In Love, an improvised romantic comedy

Where: Pygméteatern, Vegagatan 17, 113 29 

When: February 14th and 15th

Event by: Half the Group

The show 'How to Fall in Love' is billed as “a romantic comedy that has never been seen before”. The performance is improvised and based on suggestions from the audience. Enjoy a Valentine's celebration with a difference at the Pygméteatern. Tickets are 200 kronor.

Old School Recreational Dodgeball

Where: Location available after registration

When: February 15th, 2pm – 4pm

Event by: Sport Friends Stockholm

Sport is a good way to meet new people in Sweden, and dodgeball may be familiar to you from school. It's a ball game where players from two different teams try to throw balls at each other while preventing them from being hit themselves. If you get hit, you're out. Attendance costs 50 kronor to cover the cost of venue hire.

Milo Edwards: Pindos

Where: Bacchi´s Pub och Restaurang, 5 Järntorgsgatan, 111 29 Södermalm

When: February 10th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: Milo Edwards

Comedian Milo Edwards is taking his award-winning comedy show 'Pindos' to the Swedish capital. The show is about his experiences with living in Russia, where he “became a Russian TV star, got arrested in deepest Russia and discovered what happens when a country is run by a shirtless man on a horse”. Buy tickets via the Eventbrite site.


Joe Eagan presents: Malmö English Comedy Night

Where: Scandic Triangeln, Triangeln 2, 211 43

When: February 7th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: English Comedy Malmö

This event marks the start of a new season of English Comedy Night at Scandic Triangeln. This show welcomes acts Stephen Carlin (Scotland) and Rahul Kohli (UK). Tickets cost 175 kronor for early bird tickets and 195 kronor for regular tickets.


Start your own business

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: February 6th, 1pm – 5pm

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

During this event Åsa Ohlsson from Coompanion Skåne and Helén Forssander from Lund Nyföretagarcentrum tell you all the ins and outs around starting your own business. What do you need to start your own company? And how to achieve success and build a network? You can join the event for free, but registration is compulsory.

Visit to Lund Cathedral

Where: Lund Cathedral, Kyrkogatan 4, Lund

When: February 21th, 10am – 11am

Event by: International Citizens Hub Lund

Did you know the cathedral in Lund is the most visited church in Sweden? The medieval building attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The International Citizens Hub Lund is organizing a guided tour to this historic site. The event is free of charge, but you do have to register to attend.


Philosophy reading group: Essays in Love – Alain de Botton

Where: Svartbäcksgatan 19, 753 32 Uppsala

When: February 12th, 7pm – 8.30pm

Event by: Uppsala English Bookshop

The English Bookshop in Uppsala hosts several themed book clubs. This time the philosophy reading group is reading 'Essays in Love' by Alain de Botton. It costs 60 kronor for tea and cake, plus an extra 165 kronor if you want to buy the book. The event starts at 7pm, signing up for the event is possible by either dropping by the shop or contacting them via Facebook.


International Coffee Morning

Where: Cafe Birger – Bollbrogatan 1, 252 25 Helsingborg

When: February 11th, 9am – 10.30pm

Event by: Helsingborg International Connections

The International Coffee Morning in Helsingborg is a place to meet new friends and learn more about Helsingborg. The event is hosted every month at the library cafe near Stadsparken. Helsingborg International Connections organizes English-speaking events for the local international community more often and is available for anyone with questions about living, working and studying in Helsingborg.


Bear With Me comedy show

Where: Ågatan 39, 582 22 

When: February 13th, 8pm – 10pm

Event by: New York Legends

Three international comedians from Israel, Croatia and Russia join their forces at New York Legends in Linköping. The very well-reviewed show is about relationships, politics and the mysterious “Russian soul”. Tickets are 120 kronor online or 150 kronor (cash) at the door.


Thursday meetup and afterwork at a pub

Where: O'Learys – Skolgatan 64D

When: Thursday February 13th, 6pm – 8pm

Event by: Umeå Language & Culture Exchange

A meetup at a pub is always a good idea. The group 'Language & Culture Exchange' brings together native and non-native speakers of many different languages in the northern town of Umeå. Students, immigrants, expats or travellers are all welcome to join at the pub O'Learys at Skolgatan.


Yin Yoga in English

Where: Karl Johansgatan 84, 41455

When: Tuesday February 11th, 6.45pm – 7.30pm

Event by: Mindful Yoga

For those who need to become completely zen, you can go to Yin Yoga in Gothenburg. The lessons are taught in English. During the 75 min class, the focus will be on gaining flexibility and mobility and developing a habit of listening to your body.

Friday afterwork at Yaki Da

Where: Yaki-Da – Storgatan 47

When: Friday February 21th, 7pm – 1.30pm

Event by: Göteborg Expat Group

The Gothenburg Expats group organizes weekly events for internationals in the Swedish port city. The Friday afterwork is organized in the 'Yaki Da' pub. There is free pizza and drinks are half price 10pm.