What’s on in Sweden: July 10 – 16

What's on in Sweden: Jazz Festival & Britney Spears in Stockholm; Deep Purple (UK) in Gothenburg; Bennie Man (JAM) & Bollywood in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: July 10 - 16
The sort of thing you'll see at Herräng Dance Camp


Stockholm Jazz Fest 2009

The Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of the larger events of the city’s entertainment calender. The festival’s 26th edition opens on July 15th on the picturesque island of Skeppsholmen in the heart of the downtown.

More than 60 artists will be on show over the course of the festival with highlights including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Erykah Badu, Gilberto Gill and Sonny Rollins.

Price: 1,955 kronor for the festival pass or from 445 kronor for a day pass

Time: Wednesday July 15th – Sunday July 19th

Tickets: Stockholm Jazz Fest Tickets

Location: Skeppsholmen

More information: Stockholm Jazz Fest 2009

Maria Bouledagar

Stockholm at this time of the year has a certain Mediterranean feel to it, at least we’d like to think so, and perhaps need to think so, as the winter gloom haunts us around the corner.

And you can’t get any more Mediterranean than boules (pétanque).

Since 1992 boules enthusiasts from across the city have been descending on the hallowed gravelly surface of Mariatorget to polish up their balls and partake in Maria Bouledagar.

The ten day sporting festival ends this weekend with the Leslie Holms Cup and invites all-comers to either take part or simply kick back with a latte and enjoy the action.

Boules are available for use free of charge.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Until Sunday July 12th

Tickets: To enter a competition text 0046 70-8521301

Location: Mariatorget

More information: Maria bouledagar

Country Gala 2009

Skansen’s Country Gala returns for the second year and features special guests all the way from Nashville – Chip Young, James Burton and Charlie McCoy.

The line up is completed by Swedish crooner Martin Stenmark, Sweden’s own country king Mats Rådberg, Grand Ole Opry veteran Kikki Danielsson and many more.

So dust off the ten gallon and go line dancin’ y’all.

Price: 295 kronor

Time: Saturday July 11th, 12pm – 5pm

Tickets: Country Gala 2009 Tickets

Location: Skansen, Djurgården

More information: Country Gala 2009

Britney Spears

US pop singer Britney Spears will be visiting Stockholm this week to perform at Globen on her comeback tour to promote her new album “Circus”.

Spears has had a chequered last few years and will be aiming to prove to her Swedish public that her troubles are behind her and that Britney’s back, alright!

Price: From 695 kronor to 4,500 kronor

Time: Monday July 13th, 7.30pm & Tuesday July 14th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Britney Spears Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe

More information: Britney Spears at Globen

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


Deep Purple (UK)

Together with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple were among the foremost bands on the British hard rock scene in the 1970s.

They were once listed in the Guinness record book as the world’s noisiest band and they will be bringing that brand of “noise” to Gothenburg’s Trädgårdsförening on Wednesday.

Price: From 470 kronor

Time: Wednesday July 15th, 7pm

Tickets: Deep Purple Tickets

Location: Trädgårdsförening, Göteborg

More information: Deep Purple at Trädgårdsföreningen

Gothia Cup

The world’s largest youth football tournament, The Gothia Cup, opens in Gothenburg on Monday with a ceremony at Ullevi.

The Gothia Cup has welcomed over 800,000 youth players from 125 countries over the years. The week long tournament will feature over 1,500 teams and 4,000 matches across the city in a colourful festival of the beautiful game.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Monday July 13th – Saturday July 18th

Tickets: Gothia Cup 2009 opening ceremony tickets

Location: Ullevi and locations across Gothenburg

More information: Gothia Cup 2009


Frida Hyvönen

Mystic northern Swedish singer-songwriter Frida Hyvönen is so important to her home village of Robertsfors in Sweden’s far north, that there are calls for her image to welcome visitors instead of the more conventional “Welcome, please drive carefully” sign.

Hyvönen made her breakthrough with the sublime “Until Death Comes” in 2005. Her third studio album, “Silence is Wild”, released in 2008, has been given a standing ovation by the critics. On Friday she is a guest of Sommarscen Malmö.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Friday July 10th, 7pm

Location: Pildammsteatern, Pildammsparken

More information: Sommarscen Malmö Folkets Park

Drive in Bollywood – Bachna Ae Haseeno

A Bollywood film with all the attributes to which you have become accustomed, in the open air of Enskifteshagen.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Saturday July 11th, 10pm

Location: Enskifteshagen

More information: Sommarscen Malmö

Beenie Man (JAM)

Malmö’s KB presents the self-proclaimed king of dancehall – Jamaica’s Beenie Man.

Price: 275 kronor

Time: Thursday July 16th, 11pm

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Beenie Man at Kulturbolaget

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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.