What’s on in Sweden: November 7 – 13

What's on in Sweden: November 6th - 13th. Al Green, The Levellers and Monster truck extravaganza in Stockholm; Planeta Festival and Kazem Al Saher in Gothenburg; Michael Bolton in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: November 7 - 13
Al Green, Hello Saferide (Photo: Sandra Löv), Kazem Al Saher


Al Green (US)

Al Green – The last of the great soul innovators is coming to Stockholm. A while ago Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Al Green as the 65th greatest artist of all time on their top hundred list. Amongst the hundred many have vanished, died or turned blasé. But Al Green is not one of them and has a price tag to match his enduringly exuberant enthusiasm.

Price: 795 kronor

Location: Berns, Berzelli park

Time: Saturday November 8th, 8pm


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The Levellers (UK)

Brighton band The Levellers are known in the music business as one of the hardest working tour bands and they deliver…

“A Weapon Called the Word” was the name given to their debut album which launched their arrival in 1990. Since then the band has figured at the top of best seller lists on numerous occasions.

The Levellers offer a blend of punk and Celtic rock that is as true to its roots as it is attractive to the legions of new converts.

Price: 230 kronor

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

Time: Saturday November 8th, 7pm


More Information: Debaser

Selam African Festival 2008

The 9th edition of the Selam African Festival opens on November 7th at multiculti hotbed Södra Teatern.

Expect some of Africa’s biggest artists – including “The King of Abyssinian Swing” – Mahmoud Ahmed, Ivorian Tiken Jah Fakoly, all reaching a marvellous climax with Mali’s “blind couple” Amadou & Mariam (at Konserthuset).

So grab yourself some Sénégal fast food, take a Taxi Bamako to Södermalm’s Fête au Village and have yourself a Beau dimanche.

In addition to live music the festival will offer a seminar and lecture programme as well as a bazaar and great food.

Price: From 300-375 kronor/concert

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg & Konserthuset, Hötorget

Time: Friday, November 7th- Monday, November 10th


More information: Selam African Festival

Monster Jam truck extravaganza

Monster Jam is a crazy, American spectacle for the whole family and it comes to Globen this weekend. Four tonne, 3.4 metre high monster trucks burning gallons of fuel and bouncing 40 metres in the air at 160 kph – grab the kids and beat those climate change blues.

Hot favourites Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction will be there and are on display at pre-show pit parties where fans can admire the rippling rubber and pumping pistons of their mechanical idols.

Price: 450 kronor (plus an additional 75 kronor for a pit pass)

Location: Globen, Globentorget 2

Time: Friday November 7th, 9pm; Saturday November 8th, 1pm & Sunday November 9th, 2pm


More Information: Monster Jam


Planeta Festival

The Planeta Festival brings together Swedish west coast folk music with world artists and comes to a climax this weekend.

The festival was launched in 2004 and offers five days of workshops, seminars and concerts with artists from the Middle East, Africa, South America and Scandinavia at locations across Gothenburg.

Highlights include: World Dance Festival at Pustervik, Iranian rappers Erfan, Reveal & Farinaz at Konserthuset, Alpha & Omega (UK) at Musikens Hus and Malian legends Amadou & Mariam at Konserthuset.

Price: From 100 kronor

Location: Locations across the city

Time: Wednesday November 5th – Sunday November 9th


More information: Planeta Festival

Kazem Al Saher

Dubbed the “Elvis of the Middle East”, Kazem Al Saher comes to Gothenburg on Friday.

Iraqi Kazem Al Saher is one of the Arab world’s leading singers performing today and has sold more than 30 million albums since emerging as a musical talent in 1980.

Al Saher blends the poetic with the political and his music ranges from big romantic ballads through pop to the more classical.

Price: 530-2030 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytevägen 9

Time: Friday November 7th, 8pm

Tickets: Ticnet

More information: Liseberg

The Zone FC

Mixed Martial Arts is a spectacular martial art with few limits and endless possibilities. The third edition of The Zone FC pits the might of Sweden’s best fighters against top international performers in a gala full of excitement, action and organised violence.

Price: 205-370 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytevägen 9

Time: Saturday November 8th, 7pm

Tickets: Ticnet

More information: The Zone FC


Hello Saferide

Hello Saferide a.k.a Annika Norlin recently released her second English language album “Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide” to resoundingly positive reviews from the music media.

Kulturbolaget in Malmö is one of only four Sweden dates for Hello Saferide this autumn/winter.

According to Norlin the stage name “Hello Saferide” was inspired by “an intelligent bus driver in a drug-addicted small town.” Her new album addresses subjects such as losing your virginity, that every person is a song, and keeping loyal to “God only knows” people.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Saturday November 8th, 9pm


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Timbuktu & DAMN!

One of Sweden’s biggest artists, Timbuktu is back on home turf in Lund and backed up by the super-funky dance collective DAMN!

Timbuktu is as ‘Skånsk’ and hip-hop as they come and bases his rapidly expanding library of music on the eternal message of peace & love with a whole lot of “funky sounds man”. Don’t let the language barrier be a hinder and listen to Jason when he tells you it’ll all work out, it always does (Det löser sig, det gör det alltid)

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Mejeriet, St Södergatan 64

Time: Sarueday November 8th, 7.30pm


More Information: Mejeriet

Michael Bolton (US)

The master crooner Michael Bolton turns up in Malmö for an exclusive show with his baggage full of ballads.

Bolton needs little introduction with his 17 studio albums, 35 singles and sales of more than 50 million records sold, numerous Grammy awards and his very own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Bolton was a no-show in the summer at “Allsång på Skansen” and true to his word the artist formerly equipped with long, flowing curls, will be at Malmö Konserthus on Friday by way of compensation for his legions of fans.

Price: 600 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthuset, Föreningsgatan 35

Time: Friday November 7th, 7.30pm


More Information: Kulturbolaget/

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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.