What’s on in Sweden: October 24 – October 30

What's on in Sweden: October 24th - October 30th. Cyndi Lauper and modern dance film festival in Stockholm; Lloyd Cole in Gothenburg; Smurfs and chocolate festival in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: October 24 - October 30
Cyndi Lauper, Death and the Maiden, Lloyd Cole


Cyndi Lauper

80s icon Cyndi Lauper comes to Stockholm and Berns on Sunday.

New Yorker Lauper has recently released a new album entitled “Bring Ya To The Brink” featuring Basement Jaxx, Kleerup and Dragonette, which proves that she is still very much in touch with the times while remaining a girl who just wants to have fun.

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Berns Salonger, Berzelli Park

Time: Sunday October 26th, 7.30pm


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The Hellacopters

One of Stockholm’s foremost rock bands bids farewell to the live stage at Debaser Medis this weekend.

The five-man band are given credit for making a major contribution to the Swedish and international rock scene and will be sorely missed by the genre’s aficionados.

In their 13 year recording history the band has managed to attain near arena status while retaining the appearance of a bunch of lads that enjoy strumming a few tunes and sinking a few beers together.

“This could be the last time, may be the last time, this could be the last time, we don’t know….”

Price: 300 kronor

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

Time: Saturday October 25th, 7pm & Sunday October 26th, 2pm &7pm


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Shoot – Dance for screen

The Swedish dance film festival celebrates its fifth year in 2008.

The theme of this year’s three-day festival is artistic achievement and will be a celebration of dance, film, dancers and film makers.

Ukrainian Maya Deren, ‘Queen of Dance’ Pina Bausch, Billy Cowie and Liz Aggiss are among the artists and practitioners featured.

Price: 300 kronor for the festival pass

Location: SITE, Telefonplan; Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen; Clarion Hotel, Ringvägen 98

Time: Friday, October 24th – Sunday, October 26th


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Amy MacDonald (UK)

Pop discovery of the year – Amy MacDonald will bring her dulcet Glasgow tones to Debaser Medis on Wednesday.

MacDonald released her début album “This is The Life” in 2007 and knows how to strum her guitar in a way that forces her soulful and reflective music deep into your heart.

Price: 230 kronor

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

Time: Wednesday October 29th, 7pm


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Lloyd Cole (UK)

Lloyd Cole released the latest of his 12 albums in 2006 under the title “Anti Depressant” and will share his wide repertoire with a Swedish public this weekend.

Since his début at the head of The Commotions in 1984, Lloyd Cole has gone through a series of transformations but consistent to all his music is the same dry, sharp humour and wonderfully self-loathing lyrics.

Cole commands a loyal fan base and many of his concerts have attained legendary status among concert goers worldwide. Gothenburgers get their chance on Saturday.

Price: 225 kronor

Location: Stenhammarsalen, Konserthuset, Götaplatsen

Time: Saturday October 25th, 6.30pm


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History Acts

Eleven internationally active artists take part in “History Acts” – an exhibition about our relationship to the past and to the present.

The exhibition addresses history not as a homogeneous idea, but as a plethora of stories from the past and their effect on the present. The featured works vary from the manufacture of news items and imaginary insurance companies, to hydro-powered computers in 1950s Guatemala mixed in with a wealth of stories from the workplace.

The exhibition’s aim is to present works of art all of which illustrate a kind of archaeological approach, an in-depth examination of a single site, event or the memories of a single individual. All the artworks on show have their roots in a social reality, even if that specific reality may very well be itself a fiction or construct.

Location: Göteborgs Konsthall, Götaplatsen

Time: Saturday October 25th-Sunday, January 11th

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Death and the Maiden

Ariel Dorfman’s theatrical play Death and the Maiden comes to a close at Malmö Opera this weekend.

The play, adapted for the screen by Roman Polanski in 1994, is the second of three works composed for Malmö Opera by Jonas Forsell.

“Its intense dramaturgy with only three main characters offering an extremely wide range of different emotions and multiple quick changes of position, but also through its almost painfully day-to-day topical subject about dictatorship, torture, sexual abuse and the eternal choice between revenge and reconciliation” make it “an almost ideal plot for an opera” according to Forsell.

The opera is performed in English.

Location: Malmö Opera, Ö Rönneholmsv 20

Time: Sunday, October 26th, 4pm

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50 years of The Smurfs

As half-term beckons why not round up the kids and head for Leksakslandet which claims to be “more than just a museum – a whole toy world.”

Currently featured at the museum is an anniversary exhibition of The Smurfs, the “three apples tall” blue creatures who live in a village somewhere in the woods. They were created by the Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo (1928-92), originally for the adventures serie Johan & Peewit in 1958.

The Smurfs broke out on their own in 1959 and have been romping in the Smurf village, with the mean Gargamel and sneaking around the corner, ever since.

Price: 30-50 kronor

Location: Upplevelsemuseet Leksaksland, Fredriksbergsgatan 16

Time: Until December 21st, Tue-Sun 11am-6pm

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Malmö Chocolate Festival

Malmö’s second chocolate festival opens at Slagthuset on Saturday.

Malmö Chokladsällskap invites you to a fragrant festival with high-class chocolate in focus, handmade chocolate and truffles by the cream of Swedish chocolate makers.

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Slagthuset, Jörgen Kocksgatan 7A

Time: Saturday October 25th, 7.30pm

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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.