What’s on in Sweden: August 22 – 28

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


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

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.voxpacis.com

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

More information: www.mosebacke.se

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

More information: www.orienteatern.se


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

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.festival.goteborg.se

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

More information: www.midnattsloppet.com

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

More Information: www.volvotech.se/citysailing


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

More Information: www.malmofestivalen.se

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

More Information: http://institutet.sk-2.se/


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

More Information: www.kulturcentralen.nu