What’s on in Sweden: January 30 – February 5

What's on in Sweden: Rodney Crowell and All That Remains in Stockholm; International Film Festival continues in Gothenburg; Dead Man Walking in Malmö.


Rodney Crowell (US)

With 14 albums under his belt, Houston crooner Rodney Crowell is a true voice of Americana.

Very Johnny Cash, very heart on your sleeve, but with bursts of sharp, incisive originality.

Crowell is also playing Malmö’s Kulturbolaget on Friday and Storan in Gothenburg on Monday.

Price: 350 kronor

Time: Wednesday February 4th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Rodney Cowell Tickets

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacktorg 1-3

More information: Södra Teatern

All That Remains (US)

With hundreds of thousands of sold albums behind them and a completely new album, “Overcome”, in their baggage allowance, US metal group All That Remains comes to Sweden and Kägelbanan on Saturday.

All That Remains will also visit Gothenburg’s Brewhouse on Friday.

Price: 240 kronor

Time: Saturday January 31st, 8.30pm

Tickets: All That Remains Tickets

Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern, Mosebacketorg 1-3

More information: Södra Teatern

Sebastien Tellier (Fr) & Laleh

Blending the political with the sexual, French entertainer Sebastien Tellier is paying a visit to Stockholm this week.

As if that were not enough the darling of the Swedish folk rock scene Laleh Pourkarim has ended her Skellefteå exile with a new album in the bag and the usual blend of stage charm and sharp multilingual lyrics.

The pair will feature on Popcirkus, a new programme from Sveriges Television (SVT), live from Debaser Medis.

Price: 235 kronor

Time: Wednesday February 4th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Popcirkus at Debaser Tickets

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8,

More information: Debaser Medis

Tictox at Rockers

Strand is the name of a new venue on Hornstulls Strand. Rockers is the name given to a new club playing a mix of 1950s rock, rhythm & blues, ska, rocksteady and 1970s reggae with a little calypso and soul thrown in. A little for everyone in other words.

Tictox will perform on stage from 10pm.

Price: 100 kronor

Time: Friday January 30th, 10pm

Location: Globen, Globentorget 2

More information: Rockers at Hornstull strand

Butterflies from Taiwan

Butterfly pupas have been flown in from Taipei Zoo to Fjärilshuset (The Butterfly House) in Stockholm. With 300 pupas making the long journey to Sweden every month until March, you may be lucky enough to catch them as they hatch.

Price: Adults – 80 kronor, Children 4-15 years – 40 kronor, Children under four – free

Time: Weekdays: 10am – 4pm, Weekends and holidays: 11am – 5pm

Location: Haga Park

More information: Butterfly House


Gothenburg International Film Festival

The Gothenburg International Film Festival comes to a climax this weekend and all the gala programme films are on offer for your perusal.

The film festival is the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, one of the largest public film festivals worldwide and enters its 32nd year in 2009. Well worth the trip out west, or out of the house if you already live there.

450 films from 70 countries and I’m told the cinnamon buns remain as fresh as the films on offer.

The Gala programme will include Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s Golden Globe-winning film set in Mumbai. What’s more Milk, by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, heads up a massive gay offering at this year’s festival.

Time: Friday January 23rd – Monday February 2nd

Tickets: Film Festival Tickets

Location: Cinema theatres across the city

More information: Gothenburg International Film Festival

Chef of the year 2009

Now for something slightly different.

The Swedish Championship in Professional Cooking takes place on Thursday. Six top chefs from across the country do their best Jamie Oliver impressions and display their culinary skills on stage, in front of the Liseberg audience.

Good food, fun activities, healthy yoghurt drinks and other refreshing snacks will be in abundance as the full day festival of food promises to leave you sated.

Time: Thursday February 5th, from 9am

Tickets: The Swedish Championship in Professional Cooking Tickets

Location: Liseberghallen, Örgrytevägen 5

More information: Chef of the Year


Mark E Smith & The Fall (UK)

The Fall is an English post-punk band formed in Manchester in 1976. The band is led by Mark E Smith and has endured a prolific output over the years while its music has undergone several stylistic changes.

They have released 27 studio albums, a wealth of live albums and have retained s strong cult following being championed in their early years by the legendary BBC DJ John Peel.

Price: Free until 10pm and then 90 kronor

Time: Friday January 30th, 10.30pm

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2

Tickets: On the door

More Information: Debaser

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking is a gripping tale of guilt, punishment, revenge and forgiveness.

Malmö Opera’s performance of the Heggie opera based on Helen Prejeans book of the same name is performed in English with Swedish subtitles.

Price: From 355 kronor

Time: Friday January 30th – Friday February 13th, 7pm

Location: Malmö Opera, Östra Rönneholmsvägen 20

Tickets: Malmö Opera

More Information: Malmö Opera

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.