What’s on in Sweden: October 10 – October 16

What's on in Sweden: October 10th - October 16th. Primal Scream & Martha Wainwright in Stockholm; Culture Night & Leonard Cohen in Gothenburg; Soweto Gospel & provocative performance art in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: October 10 - October 16
Martha Wainwright, Biterfittan at Culture Night (Photo: Klara G), Soweto Gospel


Primal Scream (UK)

Legendary Scottish band Primal Scream visit Stockholm and the stately Berns on Saturday.

The band, headed by former Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, were a key part of the mid-80s indie pop scene. They later moved into a more psychedelic and garage rock sound before blending in a dance music influence for their landmark album Screamadelica in 1991.

The band suffered something of a mid-90s decline but four albums in the 2000s have served to remind a now more discerning public that they remain a force to be reckoned with.

Price: 450 kronor

Location: Berns, Berzelli Park

Time: Saturday October 11th, 9pm


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Martha Wainwright (CAN)

A Canadian singer-songwriter who doesn’t mince her words.

Martha’s self-titled debut album, released in 2005, announced her arrival with a crash and an almighty bang. Her recently released follow up, I know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, continues the heart-on-her-sleeve lyrical approach and has received strong reviews.

Martha has worked with brother Rufus and mother Kate McGarrigle as well as The Who’s Pete Townsend, Antony Hegarty and Snow Patrol on her new album.

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

Time: Friday October 3rd, 9pm


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Stockholm Open Tennis

The Stockholm Open Tennis tournament comes to a climax at the Royal Tennis Hall this weekend.

The event is recognized to be one of Sweden’s top sporting events and has attracted the likes of Argentina’s world number seven David Nalbandian, Croatia’s Mario Ancic and Wimbledon semi-finalist Rainer Schüttler.

Price: From 115 kronor

Location: Royal Tennis Hall, Lidingövägen 75

Time: Saturday October 4th – 12th


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Time & Place: Los Angeles

The exhibition Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957–1968, which presents 25 artists and architects, enters its second week and is the last in the Time & Place series curated in connection with the 50th anniversary of Moderna Museet.

Sun, surf and smog – three words that throw an explanatory light on the explosive development of art in Los Angeles during a few intense years starting in the late 1950s.

In the shadow of New York, artists such as Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Sam Francis, James Turrell and John Baldessari made works that in their unique visuality inspired generation after generation of artists all over the world.

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen

Time: Saturday October 4th – Sunday January 4th

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Culture Night

The one night of the year when the whole of Gothenburg positively bubbles over with culture and the arts.

Theatres, galleries, churches and stages open their doors for the evening and offer a mix of the high, the low, the big, the small and everything in between. The organizers of the annual festival hope to appeal to both new and old consumers of the arts and promise “to take care of you.”

What’s more – most of the events are free of charge.

Price: 100 kronor for Culture Night festival card

Location: Gothenburg

Time: Friday October 10th

Tickets: Where applicable see individual event

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Leonard Cohen (Can)

The mythical poet Leonard Cohen comes to Gothenburg and Scandinavium on Sunday. Cohen’s thoughtful and reflective embarrassment of musical riches could be just the antidote to finance crunch-recession blues.

Cohen has recently turned 74 but his music is timeless and his performances as spellbinding as ever.

Price: 500 – 725 kronor

Location: Scandinavium, Skånegatan

Time: Sunday October 12th, 7.30pm


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Live Action

A three-day international performance art festival opens on Friday at Gothenburg’s Konsthall. The annual event this year has Finland in focus as it welcomes performance artists from around Europe and beyond.

The theme of Live Action 2008 is “Revolt”, after “L’Homme révolté” by Albert Camus. The spotlight is the importance of the revolt, and to question and remember the Paris and Prague revolts of 1968.

Among the featured artists include US artist Tanya Mars, Italian Nicola Frangione and Northern Ireland’s Brian Connolly.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Gothenburg Konsthall, Götaplatsen

Time: Friday October 10th – 12th

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Soweto Gospel Choir (SA)

A new show from the heart of Africa from the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir has played to full houses across the globe and is sure to do the same in Sweden so a little creativity may be required in getting hold of tickets. Well worth the struggle for one of the most colourful and lively concerts you’re ever likely to see on a grey, windy Malmö night in October.

Location: Malmö Konserthuset

Time: Saturday October 11th, 7.30pm

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Port O’Brien (US)

Californian quintet Port O’Brien come to Malmö’s KB to promote their new critically acclaimed album, All We Could Do Was Sing.

The band plies its trade in the genre that has spawned the likes of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene and their recent musical offers a mix of explosive rock and calmer ballads.

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget (KB), Bergsgatan 18

Time: Saturday October 11th, 10pm

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Lunch Dance

You will be familiar with the old lunch classic Soup and Sandwich and Skåne Dansteater has taken the concept a step further with its popular Lunch Dance performances, back for a new autumn season.

Tuck into your Tuscan bean soup with tomato pesto and watch the dancers and choreographers of the future from the Malmö Academy of Music in a creative meeting with musicians from the department of world music.

Price: 130 kronor including performance, soup, coffee & cake

Location: Skånes Dansteater, Båghallarna, Västra Hamnen

Time: October 7th – 11th & 13th – 17th, 12pm

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Back in Baby’s Arms – Elin Lundgren

100 women, a calm and silent bus journey. 100 women with 100 different expressions of domestic abuse get off the bus and spread out over Gustav Adolf square in central Malmö on a Saturday afternoon in October. Like a silent mute body they are placed among shoppers going about their weekend leisure. Performance art at its most challenging and provocative.

The title Back in Baby’s Arms is from the 1963 Patsy Cline hit and highlights society’s paradoxical apportioning of guilt on the victims of abuse.

The performance by Malmö artist Elin Lindgren deliberately puts the audience in an uncomfortable situation by seizing the public domain. Her work displays a trust in the potential of art as a tool of resistance and for dialogue and few will leave the square to complete their shopping unaffected.

Location: Gustaf Adolf’s square

Time: Saturday October 11th, 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.