What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21

What's on in Sweden: Canadian improv theatre and Morrissey in Stockholm; Funk veterans and Basketball Festival in Gothenburg; Brandy in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: May 15 - 21
Crumbs, Brandy (Nino Munoz), Stonefunkers (Kari Jantzen)


Crumbs – Canadian improv comedy theatre

Stockholm’s Improvisation Theatre this weekend welcomes the Canadian group Crumbs for their first visit to Sweden.

Stephen Sim & Lee White are here to perform “Crumbs Classic” – an improvised show that the duo have been touring across Canada and Europe for several years now.

Crumbs Classic is a multi-layered story with multiple characters in a very laid back style that exudes the relaxed and ease in which Crumbs is known for.

Price: 120 kronor

Time: Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th, 7pm

Tickets: Crumbs tickets

Location: Stockholms Improvisationsteater, Sigtunagatan 12

More information: Crumbs at Stockholm’s Improvisation Theatre

Steven Patrick Morrissey turns 50

The Smiths legend is set to turn a half century next Friday and Södra Teatern thought it only right and just that the man deserves a party in his honour – well in actual fact they do it every year, but this one is extra special!

Alas the man himself is otherwise engaged but consider this a warm up for all those Smiths/Morrissey die-hards who quite frankly can not get enough of the strange ways and lovelorn tales of this Manchester crooner.

Price: Free entry

Time: Wednesday May 20th, 7pm

Location: Södra Bar, Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg 1-3

More information: Morrissey turns 50! at Södra Teatern

Urban Connection – Street Dance Festival

Street culture is the starting point of the “Urban Connection” festival which comes to a glittering climax this weekend. Meet some of the best and hottest dancers from Sweden and abroad in shows, battles and workshops.

Friday’s program begins at 3pm with workshops with JR BOOGALO (USA) and AMINATA (Fr) followed (on the main stage) by Big Up! featuring Emilie Sudre (Fr), Ätä (Fi) and STREETSTAR (Swe) and HIP HOP NIGHT.

Saturday’s features panel discussions, and then on the main stage, BATTLE NIGHT – hip hop. popping, locking… and a closing party.

Price: 200 kronor (Concessions available)

Time: Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 14

More information: Urban Connection

Kidz Market – buy, sell, exchange

There are those that do and those that don’t – clothe their kids in second hand. In recent years the practice has become decreasingly stigmatized and in fact possibly even de rigeur.

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the Kidz market in Solna this weekend could be a useful little outing – if only for the sake of the environment.

Buy, sell and exchange new and used items for your offspring as well as entertain them with clown shows, face painting and child-sized fashion show.

Price: Free entry – shop till you drop

Time: Saturday May 16th & Sunday May 17th, 11am – 4pm

Location: Solnahallen, Ankdammsgatan 46 – T Solna C

More information: Kidz market

University College of Arts, Crafts and Design – Spring Exhibition

The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design is sure to attract a broader crowd than usual for their spring exhibition of students’ work as the dust settles after a controversial spring.

While Nug’s notorious graffiti piece on the Stockholm metro will not be there for your perusal, Anna Odell’s fake psychosis, that incurred the wrath of, among others, the culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth in January, will.

Several other works have been given the all clear by the college’s lawyers – take a trip out to Telefonplan and see what all the fuss was about.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until Sunday May 24th, 12pm – 7pm (Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 4pm)

Location: University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, LM Ericssons väg 14

More information: Konstfack Spring Exhibition



Gotheburg-based funk/soul/rap group were big in the 1990s and May 2009 sees them launch an unexpected comeback.

“Back in Business” they claim, back on stage they are – judge for yourself if M-Rock, ADL, Top-Steen, Conan, Cheezo, Davono, Storm, Gonzo, Jean Louis & Fronkpack still have what it takes.

Price: 225 kronor

Time: Thursday May 21th, 8pm

Tickets: Stonefunkers Tickets

Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13

More information: Musikens Rugby Sweden

Gothenburg Basketball Festival

Gothenburg’s Basketball Festival opens next week.

The festival is the largest youth tournament in Europe and pits 7000 participants from 500 teams against each other. 1,300 matches are on offer over the four-day tournament in 30 arenas across Gothenburg.

Time: Thursday May 21st – Sunday May 24th

Location: Gothenburg Basketball Festival Program

More information: Gothenburg Basketball Festival

LGBT Festival 2009

Gothenburg’s HomoBiTrans festival 2009 continues this weekend.

20 arenas with more than 100 events encompassing music, dance, theatre, debate, film, exhibitions and parties all tailormade for the rainbow crowd.

Rosa Löften, “Musical goes gay” and “Transfashion – a revealing journey through design and the LGBT world” are just some of the highlights.

Time: Thursday May 14th – 17th

Location: Locations across Gothenburg

More information: LGBT Festival


Brandy (US)

US pop superstar Brandy comes to Sweden and Malmö’s KB on Saturday.

Brandy made a splash back in 1994 with her self-titled debut album featuring hits such as “I wanna be down” and “Baby”. Three years later the follow up “Never Say Never” established her as a major popular artist with 14 million copies sold to date.

Brandy is in these parts to promote her fifth Album “Human” which a mixture of her new sound and classic soul.

Price: 400 kronor

Time: Saturday May 16th,

Tickets: Brandy Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Brandy

Matthew Feyld at Krets

The Canadian artist Matthew Feyld shows his humorous contemporary art for the first time in Europe at Krets in Malmö.

Feyld uses his work to present daily scenes with an abstract yet familiar humour. He has previously exhibited his work at Cinders in Brooklyn and at the Giant Robot in San Francisco.

Krets is a newly opened gallery that aims to promote contemporary art which struggles to find exposure in the more established, mainstream arenas.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until June 7th

Location: Krets, Kristianstadsgatan 16

More information: Galleri Krets

Rejoice gospel choir

The Rejoice Gospel choir is one of Sweden’s foremost gospel choirs and will be raising the roof in Malmö’s Caroli Church on this Sunday.

Price: 80 kronor

Time: Sunday May 19th, 7pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: Caroli Church, Östergatan/Kattsundsgatan

More Information: Rejoice Gospel Choir

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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.