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

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


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

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.berns.se

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

Tickets: www.tickster.com

More Information: www.nalen.com

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

Tickets: www.ebiljett.nu

More information: http://www.ifstockholmopen.se

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

More Information: www.modernamuseet.se


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

More information: www.kulturnatta.se

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

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.scandinavium.se

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

More information: www.konsthallen.goteborg.se


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


More Information: www.kulturbolaget.se

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


More Information: www.kulturbolaget.se

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


More Information: www.skanesdansteater.se

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

More Information: www.teaterlilith.com