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What’s on in Sweden: June 26 – July 2

What's on in Sweden: Bunny Wailer and The Pet Shop Boys in Stockholm; A Camp and snuff exhibition in Gothenburg; Atmosphere (US) in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: June 26 - July 2

STOCKHOLM

Bunny Wailer

One of the highlights of Gröna Lund’s summer programme, Bunny Wailer aka Livingston, plays on Friday.

Livingston was one of the original members of legendary Jamaican reggae group The Wailers – alongside Pete Tosh and Bob Marley – and is now the only living survivor. He is widely regarded as a musical legend and is considered one of the longtime standard bearers of reggae music.

Price: Park entry (extra charge from 6pm-8.30pm)

Time: Friday June 26th

Tickets: Park entrance

Location: Gröna Lund, Djurgården

More information: Bunny Wailer

The Pet Shop Boys

The British pop duo takes the stage on Sunday at one of Stockholm’s most charismatic venues, Cirkus, on the royal island of Djurgården.

With hits such as “West End Girls”, “It’s A Sin”, “Suburbia” and “Always On My Mind” Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Due to the high demand for tickets a second concert has been scheduled for Gothenburg’s Eriksbergshallen on Tuesday.

Price: 510 kronor

Time: Sunday June 28th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Tickets

Location: Cirkus, Djurgården

More information: Pet Shop Boys at Cirkus

Snow/Sand – A Swedish/West Saharan exchange

The Network for a free Western Sahara is behind this exhibition of photographic images depicting the daily lives of young people in Sweden and the Algerian desert.

Many of the young people that today live in the refugee camp outside of Tindouf in Algeria were born and raised in a perpetual state of limbo, waiting to get home to the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Hope, as the saying goes, is the last to die.

The Swedish youngsters were born in the wake of the 1990s crisis of cut backs and record levels of unemployment – what former Green party MP Gustav Fridolin may call the ‘cheated generation’.

They each have a story to tell and they were each given a disposable camera to help tell it.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until June 28th, 12pm – 5pm/4pm

Location: Galleri KG52, Kammakargatan 52

More information: Snow/Sand

Exhibition – Enchanting Taiwan

The Taipei Mission in Sweden invites you to come to see exclusive Taiwanese porcelain from Franz Porcelain, pictures of Taiwan’s enchanting nature and culture, and get your name written in Chinese calligraphy.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Saturday June 27th – Wednesday July 1st, 10am – 5pm

Location: Fjärilshuset in Hagaparken

More information: Enchanting Taiwan

GOTHENBURG

Metaltown 2009

For the fifth consecutive year Gothenburg will be invaded by head-bangers from across Scandinavia for Metaltown 2009 – a two day heavy metal music festival in Frihamnen.

Slipknot (US), Marilyn Manson (US), Disturbed (US) and Dir En Grey (JAP) are among the headline acts.

Price: 1295 kronor for the festival pass

Time: Friday June 26th & Saturday June 27th

Tickets: Metaltown Tickets

Location: Frihamnen

More information: Metalltown

A Camp at Liseberg

Nina Persson (of the Cardigans) heads A Camp, a Swedish pop trio. On Friday they can be found on Liseberg’s main stage.

Price: 80 kronor

Time: Friday June 26th

Tickets: Park entry

Location: Stora Scen, Liseberg,

More information: A Camp at Liseberg

UEFA European U-21 Championship

Sweden is buzzing with excitement as its “golden generation” faces a tough semi-final against an impressive England on Friday to claim a place in the Euro 2009 U-21 final.

European heavyweights Italy and Germany face off in the second semi-final in Helsingborg on Friday evening.

The respective winners will meet in the final to be held on Monday June 29th in Malmö.

Price: From 21 kronor

Time: Until June 29th

Tickets: Euro 2009 U-21 Tickets

Location: Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg; Olympia, Helsingborg; Swedbank Stadium, Malmö.

More information: Uefa

Snus Boulevarden

“Give me snuff, whiskey and Swedes, and I will build a railroad to hell.” This citation from railwayman James J.Hill says something about emigrant Swedes parlance for their snus.

The love of the moist tobacco has not diminished, neither here in Sweden nor in the USA, where the emigrants settled. Chicago’s main street was once dubbed ‘Snus Boulevard’ after the all the snus spat on it.

This exhibition takes a look at the history of the habit.

Price: 30 kronor

Time: Until September 30th, 10am – 4pm

Location: Emigranternas Hus, Packhusplatsen 7

More information: The Emigrant House

MALMÖ

Maia Hirasawa & Laleh

Stockholm-born Maia Hirasawa has made a recent breakthrough as a solo artist after gaining attention as a backing singer with Hello Saferide.

Hirasawa’s debut album “Though, I’m just me” went gold in 2008.

Laleh is one of the most eclectic and enigmatic performers in Sweden today. With a mix of languages, styles and instruments she retains that open joie-de-vivre on stage that characterized her breakthrough self-titled album released in 2005.

Price: 195 kronor

Time: Friday June 26th, 7pm

Tickets: Maia Hirasawa & Laleh tickets

Location: Folkets Park, Amiralsgatan 35

More information: Malmö Folkets Park

Atmosphere (US)

Slug and Ant make up Atmosphere, an MC/producer duo from Minnesota, USA.

They released the critically-acclaimed “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” in 2008 and and stop by Sweden on a world festival tour to promote it.

Price: 200 kronor

Time: Wednesday July 1st, 9pm

Tickets: Atmosphere Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Atmosphere

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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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