What’s on in Sweden: January 16 – 22

What's on in Sweden: New York theatre company and world class jazz in Stockholm; Emergenza festival in Gothenburg; Josh Rouse in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: January 16 - 22


Waxing West (US)

This weekend welcomes the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club from New York to Dramalabbet in Stockholm.

Presenting, for two shows only, the critically acclaimed play Waxing West – A Hairy-Tale in Four Seasons by Saviana Stanescu.

The Romanian institute is behind the invite and the play, winner of “The 2007

New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Play” will be performed in English.

Price: 150 kronor

Time: Friday January 16th & Saturday 17th, 8pm

Tickets: Waxing West Tickets

Location: Dramalabbet, Östgötagatan 2

More information: Dramalabbet

Kirk Fletcher Band feat. Michael Landau (US)

They have worked with James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis…

…And they are coming to Fasching this weekend.

Price: 200 kronor

Time: Friday January 16th, 8pm

Tickets: Kirk Fletcher Tickets

Location: Fasching, Kungsgatan 63

More information: Fasching

International Year of Astronomy 2009

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the year Galileo Galilei first swung his telescope in the direction of the skies above us. To commemorate the man and his studies the United Nations has declared 2009 – The International Year of Astronomy.

Stockholm – being an international kind of place – has a programme of its own to celebrate the year which will open officially on January 15th at various locations around the capital.

The year-long programme of events is aimed at “stimulating an interest for space and the cosmos”.

With Richard Branson not a million miles away from sending the first space tourists into the big beyond, it could be a good opportunity brush up your knowledge in time for the first Ryanair flights to the moon.

Time: From Thursday, January 15th

Location: ABF Huset, Sveavägen and various locations around Stockholm

More information: International Year of Astronomy



Etnorporr is an angry attack on multiculturalism and all those who think they know what it means.

It is a new play written by America Vera-Zavala, a woman who originally came to prominence as one of the founders of Attac Sweden. The play is in Swedish.

Price: From 100 kronor

Time: Friday January 16th, 7pm & Saturday January 17th, 7pm

Tickets: Etnoporr Tickets

Location: Pustervik Barscenen, Järntorgsgatan 12

More information: Pustervik Theatre

Emergenza Festival

The Emergenza Festival, Europe’s largest music festival for upcoming bands, comes to Gothenburg next week.

Musikens Hus plays host to a slew of bands that might just be the “next big thing”. If you can hold a chord you could always consider joining in the fun.

Price: 100 kronor

Time: Thursday January 22nd, 6pm – Sunday January 25th, 6pm.

Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13

Tickets:Emergenza Festival Tickets

More Information: Emergenza Festival


Zlatan’s Smile

Zlatans Leende (Zlatan’s Smile) is a play about Malmö. It is about a day when horrible, and fantastic, things happen. It is about standing up to Gangster Gangster Gangster and dreaming about playing ball with Rosengård royalty Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A family performance in Swedish for those aged seven and up.

Price: 140 kronor (70 kronor for the kids)

Time: Friday January 16th, 1pm; Saturday January 17th, 4pm; Sunday January 18th, 4pm.

Location: Malmö Stadsteater, Hipp, Kalendegatan 12

Tickets: Zlatans Leende Tickets

More Information: Malmö Stadsteater

Josh Rouse (US)

New Yorker Josh Rouse is in town to promote his latest album “Country Mouse, City House” – the first album recorded in his adopted home of Valencia.

“You can’t get enough of this guy” – if entertainment weekly Nöjesguiden is to be believed.

Support from Thomas Denver Jonsson.

Price: 215 kronor

Time: Thursday January 22nd, 8pm

Location: Babel, Spångatan 38

Tickets: Josh Rouse Tickets

More Information: Josh Rouse

For members


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.