What’s on in Sweden: November 14 – 20

What's on in Sweden: November 14th – 20th. Ron Sexsmith & DV8 Physical Theatre in Stockholm; Cirkus Cirkör and English farce in Gothenburg; Lambchop and Dirty Pretty Things in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: November 14 - 20
Photo: Lisa Ffrench (DV8), Mats Bäcker (Cirkus Cirkör), Ron Sexsmith


Ron Sexsmith (CAN)

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith comes to Nalen on Monday.

Since his debut album Grand Opera Lane and his self-titled follow up in 1995, Ron Sexsmith has gone from strength to strength and won praise from many of his musical idols such as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Radiohead and John Hiatt. Ron Sexsmith is quite simply an artists’ artist.

His latest album “Exit strategy of the soul” was released in July 2008 and his music is generally melancholic pop folk with elegant melodies. True to form, Sexsmith has a take on the big questions: “The meaning of life is to experience and not to abstain…We were given this thing called free will and what you choose to do with it.”

If your “free will” extends to joining Sexsmith at Nalen on Monday you are unlikely to be disappointed.

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

Time: Monday November 17th, 9pm


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DV8 Physical Theatre – To Be Straight With You

To Be Straight with You is a poetic but unflinching exploration of tolerance, intolerance, culture, religion and homo/sexuality. The performance is based on more than 80 interviews with men and women living in the UK by the cult modern dance company DV8.

DV8’s new production gives a frightening picture of reality and questions how society can unite religious beliefs with the human rights that apply to all regardless of sexuality, gender and cultural background.

In connection with DV8’s visit to Dansens Hus, four of the company’s prize-winning films will be also on show: Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, Strange Fish, Enter Achilles and The Cost of Living.

The films will be shown on Monday & Tuesday, two films per evening starting at 6pm, tickets are free of charge and available an hour before.

Price: 270 kronor (discounts for those under-26)

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhustorget

Time: Thursday November 20th – November 22nd, 7pm

More Information: DV8 Physical Theatre

Salem Al Fakir

The multi-talented Salem Al Fakir comes to Berwaldhallen this weekend accompanied by Sveriges Radio’s Symphony Orchestra.

The accolades and awards just haven’t stopped coming for this former child prodigy with Swedish-Syrian roots since the release of his debut album, “This is who I am”, in 2007.

Al Fakir is joined by a special guest: jazz pianist Anders Widmark.

Price: 140-395 kronor

Location: Berwaldhallen, Dag Hammarsköldsväg. 3

Time: Friday November 14th & Saturday November 15th, 7pm


More information: Salem Al Fakir

Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

“To be recognised by a whole country is incredible. This is massive.” Zinédine Zidane.

The celebrated art film documenting one of the most graceful practitioners of ‘the beautiful game’ is on show at Stockholm Konsthall until December 14th.

Douglas Gordon and Phillippe Parreno employed 17 cameras to follow Zinédine Zidane in a match for Real Madrid against Villareal on April 23rd 2005. The sweat, the tears, the intensity, the joy, the drama of “Zizou” are captured in a way that invites the voyeur into the action.

This is no football film but an art documentary which transcends the genres, all set to the soft musical tones of Scottish group Mogwai.

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Frihamnen

Time: Until December 14th, 11am-7pm

More Information: Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

Cine Français at Zita

Zita is Stockholm’s foremost cinema for world film and has been showing independent film for 15 years.

Cine Français on Tuesdays at Zita aims to present the latest from French cinema and will this week be showing Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse by Agnès Varda.

Varda’s film depicts a journey from Paris to the Pyrenees to document those living outside of consumer society. She meets “the pickers” who gather, and use, that which society deems superfluous.

The film will be shown with English subtitles.

Price: 230 kronor

Location: Zita, Birger Jarlsgatan 37

Time: Tuesday November 18th, 6.30pm

More Information: Zita


Cirkus Cirkör – Inside Out

Inside Out is a circus show about something as simple as life. The new large scale production is the second part in a circus trilogy which began with 99% Unknown, which premiered in 2004.

Inside out follows three characters, each trapped in their own definition of safety and success. One terrified of failure, one seized by logic and a third doing his best to be hard. Their worlds are turned up side down in a tremendous journey upon meeting a circus company of ugly, monstrous and odd, but also magical, funny, warm and elegant characters.

Price: From 100 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytevägen 9

Time: Friday November 14th, Saturday November 15th, 7pm & Sunday November 16th, 2pm & 7pm


More information: Cirkus Cirkör

Liseberg Christmas Market

An old-fashioned Christmas market at Sweden’s premier amusement park opens on Friday.

During the festive season Liseberg is lit up by 5 million Christmas lights and awash with mulled wine and the scent of roasted almonds.

For those in need of stretching their legs, attractions include a ski slope for the children, a zoo and the haunted Hotel Gasten.

Those in search of evidence that the consumer society is alive and kicking despite the credit collapse may like to pay a visit to Tomtarnas Värld and watch Santa’s helpers busily preparing for the Christmas rounds.

Price: 70 kronor (free for children under 7)

Location: Liseberg, Örgrytevägen 5

Time: Friday November 14th – Tuesday December 23rd, 4pm-10pm

More information: Liseberg

Noises Off

A farce in English about a farce. The play by Michael Frayn is about a theatre ensemble which is desperately trying to put together a play, Nothing On, while their private lives sabotage rehearsals and the performance.

Noises Off was awarded both the Evening Standard prize and Olivier Award for Best Comedy when it premiered in London.

The play is performed in English by the Gothenburg Drama Group.

Price: 120 kronor (100 kronor for students)

Location: Teaterhuset Mölndal, Baggaåkersgatan 8

Time: Tuesday November 18th – Thursday November 20th, 7pm; Tuesday 25th – Thursday November 27th, 7pm

Tickets: Noises Off Tickets

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Dirty Pretty Things (UK)

Dirty Pretty Things is a UK rock band formed in 2005 by two former members of the Libertines. Carl Barat has managed to prove in that time that he is more than capable of thriving without his old drug-addled friend Pete Doherty.

The success of their debut album Waterloo to Anywhere has been followed up by the follow up Romance at Short Notice which was released in the summer.

Dirty Pretty Things have been described as a modern-day Jam and play Kulturbolaget on Monday.

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Monday November 17th, 8pm


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Lambchop (US)

Nashville band Lambchop have been one of the heavyweight names on the alternative scene for several years and the original orchestra can be anything from 8-17 members but always with Kurt Wagner in the midst.

Wagner’s deeply literary lyrics and precisely arranged songs are of the highest quality in the ears of Lambchop’s apprecionados.

The band seems keen on Sweden and this is the fifth consecutive occasion that they have included our northerly climes on their tour map.

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Thursday November 20th, 9pm


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Ron Sexsmith (CAN)

Canadian crooner Ron Sexsmith follows up his Stockholm gig with a performance at Kulturbolaget on Tuesday. Sexsmith is joined by special guest Steve Forbert and supported by Madison Violet.

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Tuesday November 18th, 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
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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.