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What’s on in Sweden: November 28 – December 4

What's on in Sweden: November 28th – December 4th. Frida Hyvönen & International Film Festival in Stockholm; Melissa Auf der Maur and Sami dance in Gothenburg; Manhattan Transfer and Ibsen in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: November 28 - December 4

STOCKHOLM

International Film Festival

The 19th Stockholm International Film Festival reaches its climax this weekend. Steven McQueen’s Hunger, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom, Duane Hopkin’s Better Things and Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River are a few of the films competing for the festival’s equivalent of the Palme d’Or, the Bronze Horse.

Wong Kar Wai and Charlotte Rampling are this year’s guests of honour.

Price: 220 kronor for the obligatory festival card and then from 50 kronor/film

Location: Cinemas across the city

Time: Thursday November 20th – Sunday November 30th

Tickets: Film Festival Tickets

More information: Stockholm International Film Festival

Frida Hyvönen

When she released her debut album Until Death Comes, Frida Hyvönen made an instant impact on the Swedish music scene and an instant impression on the music media.

She has been compared to a young Joni Mitchell and has an intensity and fragility which hints of Tori Amos. With her recently released third album Silence is wild Hyvönen deserves to be judged, and judged well, in her own right.

Frida is also playing at Stadsteatern in Gothenburg on Saturday and the Palladium in Malmö on Sunday.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg

Time: Monday December 1st, 8pm

More Information: Frida Hyvönen

AMOUR, ACIDE & NOIR – Daniel Léveillé (CAN)

Canadian choreographer Daniel Léveillé describes the vulnerability of the body in his performance Amour, Acide & Noix which premieres at Dansens Hus next Wednesday.

Amour, Acide & Noix is danced by four naked dancers. The work has been stripped of all aesthetics and props – all that remains is pure movement.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Dansen Hus, Barnhusgatan 12-14

Time: Wednesday December 3rd & Thursday December 4th, 7pm

Tickets: Tickets

More Information: Daniel Léveillé

Stockholm International Horse Show

The event promises a whole load of action over its three days in Stockholm’s Globe arena.

Featuring both two and four-legged Olympic medallists the event has attracted a host of world class equestrians with their trusty steeds.

Dressage and driving, jumping and spectacular shows are on offer as well as a Christmas market with a horsey theme.

Price: Tickets from 185 kronor

Location: Globen

Time: Friday November 28th – 30th

Tickets: Tickets

More information: Globe Arenas

GOTHENBURG

Melissa Auf der Maur (CAN)

Canadian rock goddess Melissa Auf der Maur has collaborated with The Smashing Pumpkins, Ryan Adams & Rufus Wainwright among others and was the bassist in Hole for five years.

Her self-titled debut solo album came in 2004 and the follow up Out of our minds will be released in the spring 2009.

On Saturday Melissa brings her flaming red locks and energetic bass riffs to Gothenburg’s Brew House.

Price: 180 kronor

Time: Saturday November 29th, 7pm

Location: The Brew House

Tickets:Ticnet

More information: Brew House

They call us bloody Lapps – Kompani Nomad

In this performance dancer and choreographer Ola Stinnerbom takes a look at Swedish racial biology and what it has meant for the Sami people. Stinnerbom underlines the importance of being yourself – whether Swede or Sami.

Stinnerbom, in a production by Sweden’s only professional Sami dance group Kompani Nomad, has sought inspiration from new circus and mixes ecstatic dance with acrobatics and Sami lyrics with an added spice of mime and comedy.

Price: 130 kronor

Location: Pustervik Theatre, Järntorgsgatan 12

Time: Premier – Thursday November 27th, 10am & 1.30pm

Tickets: Ticnet

More Information: Kompani Nomad

Gary Louris & Mark Olsson of The Jayhawks (US)

Louris and Ohlsson have been flirting with each other artistically for some time. They collaborated together on Ohlson’s comback album The Salvation Blues – his first since the break up of his band The Jayhawks.

The pair will release a joint album “Ready for the Flood” in January 2009 and they are in Gothenburg on Thursday to try out material and give an indication of whether they can fit their billing given they are described in some quarters as the Lennon and McCartney of the 2000s.

Price: 130 kronor

Location: Pustervik Baren, Järntorgsgatan 12

Time: Thursday December 4th, 9.30pm

Tickets: Tickets

More Information: Woody West

MALMÖ/LUND

Christina Branco (POR)

Fado’s greatest global exponent, Cristina Branco, comes to the Palladium in Malmö in Friday.

Her lyrics express love, longing, happiness and pain and her music, in tune with her Portuguese folk music genre, is an intense all-consuming experience.

Price: 220 kronor

Location: Palladium, Södergatan 15

Time: Friday November 28th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Tickets

More Information: Palladium

Manhattan Transfer (US)

If you fancy a trip down nostalgia way, then The Manhattan Transfer at Malmö’s Concert hall might just be the ticket.

The vocal group was formed in 1969 in New York City, released one album and then

split up to reform in 1972, remaining in its current form today.

The Transfer mixes jazz, big band and popular music styles and their music has featured in a raft of movies including 1993’s “Swing Kids”.

Price: 555 kronor

Location: Konserthuset, City

Time: Saturday November 29th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Tickets

More Information: Malmö Konserthuset

When We Dead Awaken – Ibsen

The Unity Theatre in Liverpool has joined forces in a international cooperation with Riksteatern and Västerbottenteater to present Henrik Ibsen’s final dramatic work, When We Dead Awaken – in English.

The story follows ageing sculptor Arnold Rubek and his beautiful young wife Maja. Arnold has lost all interest in the world around him and despite his wealth, fame, and the attentions of his wife, he can find no joy in his existence.

Suddenly he is jolted out of his stupor by an unexpected reunion with Irene, a model who once posed for him and whom he idolized.

Josette Bushell-Mingo, who has worked as a director and actor with the Royal National Theatre, the RSC and the Manchester Royal Exchange, has assembled a cast of English and Swedish artists to tour Sweden as an extension of the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme. The tour ends in Lund this weekend.

Price: 175 kronor (75 kronor for those under-19)

Location: Bredgatan 3, Lund

Time: Friday November 28th, 7pm & Saturday November 29th, 6pm

Tickets: Tickets

More Information: Riksteatern

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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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STOCKHOLM

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.

MALMÖ

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.

LUND

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.

UPPSALA

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.

HELSINGBORG

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.

LINKÖPING

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.

UMEÅ

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.

GOTHENBURG

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.

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