What’s on in Sweden: September 19 – 25

What's on in Sweden: September 19th - 25th. Stevie Wonder, Beer & Whisky festival and American Football in Stockholm; Japanese tattoo art and Masters golf in Gothenburg; Prince and Tibet tributes in Malmö; Puppet theatre in Lund.

What's on in Sweden: September 19 - 25
Stevie Wonder/Photo: Juan Pemte/Photo: Viveca Ohlsson


Stevie Wonder

One of the most well known and loved artists of all time comes to Stockholm this weekend – veteran Motown crooner Stevie Wonder.

25 time Grammy winner Stevie is on his first European tour for ten years and just called to say: “Thank you can never be said enough. This tour is a celebration of life, music and thank yous.”

Price: 325-850 kronor

Location: Globen

Time: Friday September 19th, 7.30pm


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The Vaselines + Bonnie & Clyde

Scottish cult band the Vaselines visit Stockholm and have already sent the music press into a frenzy of heightened expectation.

Debaser is proud to present the band given legendary indie status by their number one fan Kurt Cobain – the lead singer Frances even lent her name to Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean.

Oh, and they can play a bit too.

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

Time: Saturday September 20th, 7 pm

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Arabic concert

Globen will be filled on Saturday evening with music and humour, with six popular Arabic artists there to entertain the audience.

The concert brings together artists Haifa Wehbe, Najwa Karam and Fares Karam from Lebanon with Shada Hassoun from Iraq – the winner of the country’s version of Idol, with comedian Bassem Feghali. The presenter for the evening is Armenian celebrity Nishan.

Price: 365 – 1015 kronor

Location: Globen

Time: Saturday September 20th, 7pm


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American Football

Swedish Championship final – American Football Super Series.

This Sunday, the Stockholm Mean Machines will battle it out with the Arlanda Jets in the final of the Swedish national American football series.

Price: 100/150 kronor

Location: Zinkensdamn IP

Time: Sunday September 21st, 4.00pm



Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

The Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival is regarded as the world’s biggest and most highly reputed whisky festival, and is one of the world’s three biggest beer festivals. Presenting over 500 national and international beers, ciders and whiskies, there are many activities to choose from including expert seminars, tastings, awards and a lively entertainment line-up. Please note, the minimum age for entrance is 20.

Price: 190 kronor, which includes a glass of tasting beer and ‘beer school’!

Location: Factory, Nacka Strand, Augustendalstorget 6

Time: 18th-20th & 25th-27th September, 3pm


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The best of the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra

The Gothenburg Wind Orchestra has a 103-year heritage and 15 albums under its belt. The orchestra performs 130 times a year and therefore has a wide repertoire to choose from. Kronhuset plays host to the GWO playing a best of selection of their hits and will jump across the genres from jazz to musical. They are directed by Alexander Hanson.

Price: 40-155 kronor

Location: Kronhuset, Postgatan

Time: Friday September 19th, 7pm


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The Art of Japanese Tattoos and Butoh dance

For thousands of years man has felt the need to express himself through tattoos. The history of the tattoo is part of maritime cultural heritage and this exhibition at Gothenburg’s Maritime Museum shows Japanese tattoo art developed from a craft tradition dating back several centuries. An art form created in the East and the inspiration for the tattoo art of the western world.

The exhibition seeks to prompt questions about man’s infinite and timeless need to ornament his body, but also about how cultural heritage is created and renewed and features the art of contemporary artist Yoshihito Nakano a.k.a. Horiyoshi III.

This Sunday will be a demonstration of Butoh dance by the dancer Frauke.

Price: 40 kronor, free for those under 25

Location: The Maritime Museum, Karl Johansgatan

Time: Sunday September 21st, 1pm

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2 new days of hip-hop – Pump up the jam

Europe’s stars of hip-hop and street take to the stage for a family performance of Pump up the Jam on Pustervik Theatre’s main stage.

The day will include work-shops in street-arts, breakdance, graffiti and rap/dj with competitions, debates and a laser show as a a finale.

Location: Pustervik Theatre, Järntorgsgatan 12

Time: Sunday September 21st


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European Masters Golf

Europe’s leading lady golfers will visit Lycke golf course outside of Marstrand to compete for the Gothenburg Masters.

This is the first time in ten years that a European tour event has been played in the Gothenburg region so take the chance to take a trip out of town.

Price: 140-250 kronor

Location: Lycke golf course, Tofta

Time: Thursday September 18th – Sunday September 21st

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European Social Forum

The fifth European Social Forum takes place this weekend in Malmö. Under the slogan “Another world is possible” the forum will host four days of seminars, debate, demonstration, protests, film, music and informal meetings.

More than 20,000 people are expected to participate in the forum’s main event – a massive demonstration against capitalism and environmental damage on Saturday afternoon.

Price: 40 Euro

Location: Folkets Park and locations across the city

Time: Thursday September 18th – Sunday September 21st

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An Evening with Prince

Some of Sweden’s most exciting stage performers come to Malmö’s Debaser on Wednesday to pay tribute to the artist once again known as Prince.

Prince is recognized to be one of the most original and interesting artists of all time and the line up of Timbuktu, Tingsek, Titiyo, Pauline Kamusewu and Svante Lodén are sure to do his musical legacy justice.

The evening includes a showing of a US documentary and an SVT archive concert performance of the small-scale star with the large-scale following.

Price: 175 kronor

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2

Time: Wednesday September 24th, 7.30 pm

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Artists for Tibet

An evening to show support for the Tibetan people and their struggle for freedom from Chinese rule. Featuring Tibetan musician Loten Namling, Emil Jensen, Therese Merkel and Felicia Carlberg of the Songs for Tibet project.

Profits from the evening will be donated to the Tibetan people and projects run by H.H. The Dalai Lama’s government.

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Inkonst, Bergsgatan 29

Time: Friday September 19th, 9pm

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International Puppet Theatre Festival

Puppetry is a highly esteemed art form in Taiwan, enjoyed by both young and old people. One of the country’s best known exponents of the traditional art form, the Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theatre can be experienced at the International Puppet Theatre Festival (InterDock08) in Lund.

The festival unites troupes from China, Taiwan, Burma and Thailand with their Swedish hosts.

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Kulturen, Tegnérsplatsen

Time: Wednesday September 24th, 5.30pm

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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
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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.