What’s on in Sweden: October 31 – November 6

What's on in Sweden: October 31st - November 6th. Keane, US Election Party, and Balkan ecstasy in Stockholm; Nortec Collective and international fashion exhibition in Gothenburg; Aimee Mann in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: October 31 - November 6
Veroniga Maggio, Mogwai, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir


Keane (UK)

Keane is an unusual British pop band that plays alternative and piano rock and is made up of singer Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes.

Keane’s music, simply created with the help of song, piano and sweeping drums, is influenced by the likes of Radiohead, The Smiths and Depeche Mode.

With hits such as Everybody’s Changing, Somewhere Only We Know, Crystal Ball, Thin Air and Nothing in my Way they have become an established force on the UK music scene.

Price: 325 kronor

Location: Globen Annexet, Globentorget 2

Time: Saturday November 1st, 7.30pm


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Veronica Maggio

Sweden’s new soul sister and self-confessed “very happy person,”Veronica Maggio, is playing at Nalen on Halloween. But don’t expect a fright night as the engaging and delightful Maggio has become the consummate entertainer, offering soulful jazz offset by modern drum beats.

Maggio released her second album Och Vinnaren Är(And the Winner is) earlier this year and while she sings exclusively in Swedish there is a very international feel to her music.

Price: 195 kronor

Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

Time: Friday October 31st, 8pm


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Democrats Abroad US Election Party

It only happens once every four years, and this US election has been one for the ages. And on Tuesday, November 4th the Swedish chapter of Democrats Abroad is throwing a party for the ages to celebrate the end of the seemingly endless campaigns of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

The all-night affair kicks off with dinner (for an extra charge), and includes a mix of music and panel discussions. Election results will be shown on big screen televisions until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when maybe, just maybe, it will be clear who the 44th US president will be.

All political stripes are welcome, and you need not be a political junkie to have fun with entertainment like Cyndee Peters, Jessica Folcker, and Adam Baptiste taking to the stage as well.

Price: 370 kronor (includes dinner), 150 kronor (drinks only)

Location: Hotel Scandic Anglais, Humlegårdsgatan 23

Time: Tuesday, November 4th, 9.00pm


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Mahala Raï Banda (ROM)

Mahala Raï Banda originate from the slums that surround the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Their Balkan mixis a blend of the new and the old, original and traditional. Loud trumpets and frenetic strings push the party to an ecstatic tempo that is sure to erase the inhibitions of even the most self-conscious Söder audience.

DJ’s from MultiKulti provide the post-concert entertainment.

Price: 220 kronor (170 kronor for students and those under 26)

Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern

Time: Thursday November 6th, 9.30pm


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Helena Franzén – Tide

Choreographer Helena Franzén’s new work which opens at Dansens Hus this Saturday is inspired by the tides. Music, movements, costume, the dancers…everything ebbs and flows like the tide.

Franzén and her composer Jukka Rintamäki are both inspired by the melancholic and they seek to shake things up creating imbalance and insecurity to counter the apparent comfort.

All the music in the performance is played on a gramophone and composed by Rintamäki for each individual dancer and her movements. The dancers themselves act as DJ’s and play their own music to accompany their solos.

Price: 200 kronor (100 kronor for those under 26)

Location: Dansen Hus, Barnhusgatan 12-14

Time: Saturday November 1st & Monday November 3rd – Wednesday November 5th, 7pm


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Nortec Collective (MEX)

“Nortec collective is not a band or a group but a series of compilations created in (and about) Tijuana Mexico..” is what the band from northern Mexico have to say about themselves.

The Nortec Collective began as a musical manifestation at the end of the 1990s mixing the local norteñon beats with techno and developed to mix in the new and the old from this frontier town that is constantly in transformation.

The band are joined on their three date Scandinavian tour by the 14 piece ensemble Agua Caliente.

Price: 290 kronor

Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13

Time: Wednesday November 5th, 8pm


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Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

The Icelandic fashion-designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir will be exhibiting her new creations at Röhsska Museum from Wednesday.

Sigurðardóttir recently won the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize, at a million Swedish kronor the largest international design prize in its category.

Sigurðardóttir is an established name on the international fashion-design scene and has worked with Jeffrey Banks, Vogue, La Perla, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Ralph Lauren among others.

Location: Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan 37-39

Time: Wednesday November 5th – Sunday February 22nd

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Mogwai (UK)

Mogwai are a Scottish rock group that since forming in 1995 have become one of the most influential and best-known names in post-rock.

Melodic bass guitar riffs dominating lengthy instrumental pieces exemplify their music which is short on lyrical content but no lesser for it.

Mogwai (meaning “ghost” in Cantonese) is named after the creatures from the film Gremlins, although guitarist Stuart Braithwaite explains that “it has no significant meaning and we always intended on getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got ’round to it.”

Price: 270 kronor

Location: Mejeriet, St Södergatan 64

Time: Monday November 3rd, 7pm

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Aimee Mann (US)

US singer Aimee Mann has released seven solo albums since she left ‘Til Tuesday in 1993.

Mann is known for her fascinating blend of clever, almost literary and humorously dry lyrics set to catchy tunes.

She says of her seventh album entitled ”@#%&* smilers” that she remains inspired by those living a long way from the limelight and success. Those distinctly unlike herself, then.

Price: 300 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: November 6th, 9pm


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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.