What’s on in Sweden: April 3 – 9

What's on in Sweden: New York Stories bids farewell in Stockholm; Sahara Hotnights in Gothenburg; Chicks on Speed in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: April 3 - 9
Photos: Margaret Patane, Johan Larsson, Johan Bergelin


International Documentary Film Festival

The National Museum of Ethnography hosts Stockholm’s sixth International Documentary Film Festival this weekend.

This year’s theme is “Humanity in the World” and features films from Korea, Israel, Palestine, Nepal, Iran and the USA.

Price: Festival pass 20 kronor and then 80/50 kronor per day/half day

Time: Thursday April 2nd – Saturday April 5th

Tickets: 08 51955010

Location: Etnografiska museet, Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34

More information: International Documentary Film Festival

New York Stories – Closing Down Sale!

Margaret at Vasastan book store, New York Stories, has announced an end to her “short but sweet” sojourn in the book selling business. The slow death of the neighbourhood store has persuaded this affable expat American to seek out other literary avenues.

The good news is that there is still a wealth of literature in stock and it is all on offer for knock down prices. 40 percent discounts are on offer for all those heading down to her bolthole of a bygone age on Odengatan.

Price: 40 percent less than the price on the cover

Time: Monday-Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm

Location: New York Stories, Odengatan 100

More information: New York Stories

Bamba Brazil – Simone Moreno with Os Lourinhos (Brazil)

Who ever said music for kids needed to be nursery rhymes and Kum Ba Yah?

Simone Moreno brings her beats from the Bahia to Kulturhuset on Saturday for a matinée performance that is sure to get those tiny feet tapping and their parents’ hips swinging.

Price: 80 kronor (50 kronor for the kids)

Time: Saturday April 4th, 1pm

Tickets: Simone Moreno Tickets

Location: Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

More information: Kulturhuset

Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer – “iloveouyihateyou”

“iloveyouihateyou” is based on an audiovisual work by Leah Singer and Sonic Youth founder member Lee Ranaldo.

This work is an exploration of how image and sound interact, and will be staged both as a live performance and as an installation.

The exhibition also features three historic experimental films on the theme of “everyday existence” and the capacity to see the greatness in small things. The films are by Gordon Matta-Clark, Terry Fox, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson.

Price: 40 kronor (Concession 30 kronor)

Time: Until Sunday May 24th

Tickets: Museum entry

Location: Magasin 3, Frihamnen

More information: Magasin 3


Sahara Hotnights

Rock ballads and rousing riffs as Robertsfors’ finest come to Gothenburg to promote their latest album “Sparks”. The album is an experimental work where the quartet pay tribute to their favourite tracks.

Sahara Hotnights have come a long way in their now almost ten years at the top and are a well established band both in Sweden and abroad.

Price: 270 kronor

Time: Saturday April 4th, 9pm

Tickets: Sahara Hotnights Tickets

Location: Storan, Kungsparken 1

More information: Sahara Hotnights

Götheborg – The Swedish Ship

The Swedish East Indiaman “Götheborg” is one of the largest full-rigged wooden sailing ships in the world and is on show in her home town of Gothenburg in April.

The original East Indiaman “Götheborg” ran aground outside Sweden’s west coast on September 12th 1745. Its replacement set sail on June 6th 2003 and since then has been plying the high seas promoting Sweden and all who sail with her.

Price: 100 kronor, 50 kronor for children

Time: Every Sunday in April and May, 12pm – 3pm

Location: Pir 4, Eriksberg

More information: Götheborg


Sunday brunch at Debaser

A real American spread complete with Idaho potatoes, brownies, maple syrup pancakes and much more, all washed down with a range of smoothies and shakes.

With your brunch you will be treated to tunes from a gang of DJs that dig Tom Waits, Bon Iver, Beach Boys, Cat Power, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Fleetwood Mac, Chet Baker, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone and many more…

Time: Sundays from April 5th, 11am – 4pm

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2

More Information: Debaser Malmö

Chicks on Speed (GER/US/CAN)

The “Chicks” met while at art school in Munich in 1997. They started out as a spoof band and have grown into one of the darlings of the fashion world.

They can also play a bit and have retained that sense of fun that accompanied their breakthrough album in 2000, “Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All”.

Price: 180 kronor

Time: Friday April 3rd, 9pm

Tickets: Ticnet

Location: Babel, Spångatan 38

More Information: Babel

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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.