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What’s on in Sweden: June 5 – 11

What's on in Sweden: Lewis Black and Early Music Festival in Stockholm; Beer festival & World Cup football in Gothenburg; Buju Banton & Mandela exhibition in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: June 5 - 11

STOCKHOLM

RAW comedy – Lewis Black (US)

RAW’s festival of comedy continues this week with US funnyman Lewis Black in town to offer up his sharp brand of hard-edged satire.

Black, known from a slot on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and Comedy Central, will perform at Göta Lejon on Friday.

Lewis yells so his audience don’t have to…Lewis Black on You Tube

Price: 345 kronor

Time: Friday June 5th, 9pm

Tickets: RAW Comedy Tickets

Location: Göta Lejon, Götgatan

More information: RAW Comedy

National Day celebrations – June 6th

This Saturday, June 6th, marks Sweden’s National Day.

While not as comfortable with gratuitous displays of patriotism as neighbouring Norway, Sweden is developing a taste for national pride and the day has a variety of alternatives on offer.

Choose from among joining Princess Madeleine at Stockholm Castle, the football team take on Denmark at Råsunda Stadium, or perhaps something slightly different at Debaser.

Price: See respective event

Time: Saturday June 6th

Location: Stockholm Castle; Råsunda Stadium, Råsundavägen 51; Debaser, Karl Johans torg 1

More information: City of Stockholm National Day Celebrations

Anna Järvinen opens Parkteatern 2009

Anna Järvinen is a Swedish-Finnish composer, singer and musician. She established herself while with the group Granada and is now busy building a promising solo career.

In November 2007 Järvinen released her thoughtful “Jag fick feeling” (I got feeling) to broad acclaim and in 2009 came “Man var bland molnen” (Among the clouds).

On Sunday Anna Järvinen & Friends open the Park Theatre 2009 season in Södermalm’s Vitabergsparken.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Sunday June 7th, 7pm

Location: Vitabergsparken

More information: Parkteatern program summer 2009

Night gallery at Marie Laveau – What is your picture of Sweden?

Marie Laveau launches its summer season with a photo exhibition along the theme of Sweden and asks the question – What is your picture of Sweden? Is it the red cabin or maybe midsummer and shot of snaps? But is that all the images of Sweden?

Clearly not. In this exhibition you gain the chance to see personal photographs depicting the changing faces and pictures of what makes up Sweden – the boredom of winter, the baskets in the laundry, Rågsved metro.

Ola Möller grew tired of the clichéd, narrow, same-same-but-different images of Sweden and decided to do something about it. The result was a photo book with 64 images, translated into seven languages and distributed freely to schools, hospitals and libraries.

Price: Free entry

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

Location: Marie Laveau, Hornsgatan 66

More information: Marie Laveau

Stockholm Early Music Festival

Stockholm’s Old Town, clothed in the soft hues of early summer is once again the setting for an alternative yet captivating musical experience.

The magnificent sounds of the baroque, renaissance and medieval periods merge with these unique historical surroundings.

The programme boasts an array of the finest international artists including the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with Maria Cristina Kiehr, German vocal ensemble, Ensemble Officium, Swedish folk singer Lena Willemark as well as Spanish baroque dance and Micrologus from Italy, performing Robin and Marion – arguably the first ever opera.

This year, SEMF is also host to REMA 2009, a European conference which gathers together representatives from early music festivals all over Europe.

Price: 980 kronor for the festival pass

Time: Until June 7th

Tickets: Stockholm Early Music Festival Tickets

Location: Stockholm Early Music Festival Map

More information: Stockholm Early Music Festival

The Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival

The Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival at Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre) is perhaps the largest Swedish cultural event of 2009.

The festival comes to a close this weekend rounding off with “The Obama Victory Speech Project” – an international theatre workshop led by outgoing theatre director Staffan Valdemar Holm.

Price: Tickets available for individual events

Time: Until Saturday June 6th

Tickets: Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival Tickets

Location: Dramaten, Nybroplan

More information: Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival

GOTHENBURG

Gothenburg Beer Festival 2009

The Gothenburg Beer Festival opens next weekend and promises to get those taste buds hopping.

The fest is an intimate and friendly festival for trade folk and beer lovers alike and typically offers a range of beers from a variety of brewers at home and abroad.

Price: 150 kronor/visit

Time: Thursday June 11th & Friday June 12th, 6pm – 11pm; Saturday June 13th, 1pm – 5.30 pm & 6.30pm – 11pm

Tickets: Gothenburg Beer Festival Tickets

Location: City Pub & City Hotel, Lorensbergsgatan 6

More information: Gothenburg Beer Festival

Gothenburg City Race

38,000 people gathered in Gothenburg to witness the debut STCC City Race in 2008 and that was sufficient to persuade the organizers to repeat the occasion this year.

The track is 1,650 metres long with 12 bends and if the eye seeks rest from the supercharged vehicles roaring past, panoramic views of the Gothenburg Opera House are on offer across the estuary.

Price: 190 kronor on Friday & 380 kronor on Saturday

Time: Friday 5th June & Saturday 6th June

Tickets:Gothenburg City Race Tickets

Location: Södra Frihamnspiren 1

More information: Gothenburg City Race

World Cup Qualifier – Sweden vs Malta

The blue and yellows take on the island nation of Malta in this crucial World Cup qualifier at Ullevi on Wednesday.

The public will be hoping that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on song to help the team take a step closer to South Africa 2010.

Price: 200 – 550 kronor

Time: Wednesday June 10th, 7pm

Tickets:Sweden vs Malta Tickets

Location: Ullevi, Skånegatan

More information: Sweden vs Malta

MALMÖ

CocoRosie (US/Fr)

CocoRosie are an American indie-folk-tronic duo who ply their trade from Paris, France.

CocoRosie play their tunes on, well it seems anything they can get their hands on – toys, harps, flutes, guitars, musical boxes and a range of percussion instruments.

Their story is as quirky as it is improbable and their latest work, released in 2009, is entitled “Coconuts, Plenty of Junk Food”. Still no clue? – then a trip down to KB on Sunday could be on the cards.

Price: 200 kronor

Time: Sunday June 7th, 7pm

Tickets: CocoRosie Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Kulturbolaget

Buju Banton (JAM)

Buju Banton is one of the most prominent reggae and dancehall artists of our times. Banton is one of the few that has successfully combined roots reggae with dancehall and knows how to get a punky reggae party out of any audience.

While he has had his critics down the years his lyrics dwell predominantly on the universal message of peace, love and consciousness and he has received praise for his engagement in a range of world issues.

Neneh Cherry will be one of the DJs (wo)manning the decks for the evening.

Price: 275 kronor

Time: Wednesday June 10th, 10.30pm

Tickets: Buju Banton Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Buju Banton at KB

South Africa at Malmö Museum

“To be free is not merely

To cast off one’s chains

But to live in a way that respects

And enhances the freedom of others”

June 6th marks the beginning of a year of exhibitions and events on the theme of South Africa. Stories about Nelson Mandela, his life and the fight for freedom and democracy will be told, as well as Sweden’s involvement in the struggle against apartheid.

The exhibition is produced by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and presents stories of democracy and human rights, that hold relevance today, and for our future.

Price: 40 kronor, (10 kronor for under 15s, free for under 6s)

Time: Saturday June 6th – January 31st 2010

Location: Slottsholmen & Slottet Malmöhus, Malmöhusvägen 6

More information: South Africa at Malmö Museums

VÄSTERÅS

International Capoeira festival

Capoeira is a martial art with origins in Brazil. It has seen explosive growth in popularity in Sweden and abroad in recent years and next weekend some of the world’s leading experts will come to Västerås to offer courses, exhibitions and happenings linked to the graceful sport.

Mestra Suelly, Mestre Acordeon, mestre Cobrinha Mansa, contra mestre Eurico and many, many more will be on show in.

Time: Wednesday June 10th – 14th

Location: Cordão de Ouro Växhuset, Viktor Larssons plats

More information: Capeoira Festival

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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

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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