What's on in Sweden: July 3 - 9

Peter Vinthagen Simpson
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What's on in Sweden: July 3 - 9

What's on in Sweden: Millennium trilogy tour and roots festival in Stockholm; BB King in Gothenburg; Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band (UK) in Malmö.



Millennium trilogy tours

Millions of people have already read the Millennium-series by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, millions more may have watched the films.

You will know therefore that the characters in the books live and work on Södermalm in inner-city Stockholm and the city museum has thus developed a city-walk, "In the footsteps of the Millennium Trilogy".

The tour takes you to Mikael Blomkvist's home, the Millennium Magazine, and Lisbeth Salander's luxurious apartment among many other locations, ending with the film exhibition at the Stockholm City Museum offering a behind the scenes glimpse of the making of the Millennium films.

Price: 100 kronor

Time: Saturday 11am until September

Location: Bellmansgatan 1, Södermalm,

More information: Stockholm City Museum

Sing-a-long at Skansen

The Swedes like to sing. Think last night of the proms, only less formal and in the open air with Stockholm as a backdrop.

Many of the songs will be in Swedish, but many won't and you'll have fun regardless trying to catch a beat.

Get there early, like I said - the Swedes like to sing.

Price: 120 kronor

Time: Tuesday July 7th, 7.30pm (and following four Tuesdays)

Tickets: Museum entry

Location: Skansen, Djurgården

More information: Sing-a-long at Skansen

SPHM Roots Festival in Vinterviken

For the second year running the idyllic setting of Vinterviken's gardens play host to a roots festival with the catchy name of SPHM.

Artists for the late afternoon reggae fest include Ska'N'Ska, Fröjd, Oskar Franzén and 1 Blood Movement.

Price: 100 kronor (cash)

Time: Saturday July 4th, 4pm - 10.30pm

Location: Vinterviken (Liljeholmen metro)

More information: SPHM Roots Festival

Herräng dance camp

Herräng Dance Camp, which originally started back in the summer of 1982, is now the leading and most comprehensive dance camp in the world focusing on the African-American swing dance tradition.

For the month of July each year the camp turns the normally quiet Roslagen backwater of Herräng (about 90 minutes north of Stockholm) into a multi-culti jiving, thriving, lindy-hopping, tapping dance extravaganza.

There are beginner weekends and week long courses in a range of disciplines.

Price: Herräng dance camp costs

Time: Until Saturday July 25th

Location: Check in at Folkets Hus in Herräng

More information: Herräng dance camp


BB King (US)

Blues legend BB King is joined by Swedish singer Louise Hoffsten at Gothenburg's Trädgårdsförening.

Price: 570 kronor

Time: Friday July 3rd, 7.30pm

Tickets: BB King Tickets

Location: Trädgårdsförening, Göteborg

More information: Trädgårdsförening

Hakuna Matata - a musical adventure for children

Mama Gumbo takes children of all ages on a musical adventure in Hakuna Matata, part of the City of Gothenburg's summer programme.

Among other things you will find out how to get an elephant out of a tree.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Tuesday July 7th

Location: Slottskogsteatern, Slottskogen

More information: Gothenburg Summer 2009

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


Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band (UK)

Music and spoken word from one of England's most exciting and innovative voices.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Sunday July 5th, 7pm

Location: Pildammsteatern, Pildammsparken

More information: Sommarscen Malmö Folkets Park

Sam Amidon (US)

From the American outback via Brooklyn and Iceland all the way to Malmö's Rönneholmsparken, Sam Amidon offers his take on traditional Appalachian songs.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Wednesday July 8th, 7pm

Location: Rönneholmesparken

More information: Sommarscen Malmö


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