What’s on in Sweden: August 7 -13

What's on in Sweden: Culture Festival and new circus in Stockholm; International jazz festival in Gothenburg; Soha (Fr/DZ) & Festival for Gaza in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: August 7 -13
Apocalyptica at culture festival, Madonna, Soha


Stockholm Culture Festival

Festivals are coming thick and fast in the capital and next up is the Stockholm Culture Festival, now in its fourth incarnation.

The five-day festival offers 500 acts with 99 percent of its programme for free. Loads for all ages and interests to enjoy.

Price: 99 percent free of charge

Time: Tuesday August 11th – Sunday August 16th

Location: Venues across the city

More information: Stockholm Culture Festival 2009

Mossfest – Gröndal music festival

The leafy suburb of Gröndal is also keen to join the festival train this weekend with its own “Mossfest” featuring a pick of some of the most exciting up-and-coming local music acts.

Adrian Lux, Exploding Heart, Alexis Weak, The Rockodiles, Krig/Kris and Christopher Sander are just some of the acts on show over the two-day event.

Price: 80 kronor per day

Time: Friday August 7th – Saturday August 8th

Location: Kulturföreningen Pluto, Lövholmsvägen

More information: Mossfest 2009

The State of Things: 3 x crafts

The State of Things is an exhibition in three parts focusing on Swedish crafts and the people who design and make them.

The exhibition is about things; things that we surround ourselves with; things that define who we are, our time, our history.

Every thing has its own time, as the saying goes.

Price: 40 kronor

Time: Until 13th September, 11am – 6pm

Location: Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

More information: The State of Things at Kulturhuset

Cirkus Cirkör – Rökt

Cirkus Cirkör is one of Sweden’s most internationally renowned ensembles. The group are credited with bringing new circus to Sweden and since their breakthrough in the late 1990s have gone from strength to strength.

Their latest performance is entitled Rökt and is featured in Stockholm Stadsteatern’s summer programme of free events.

Time: August 9th, 7pm

Location: Vasaparken

More information: Stockholm Stadsteatern


Gothenburg’s Jazz Festival

Gothenburg’s 21st annual jazz festival opens this weekend promising three days of Swing, New Orleans jazz, gospel and Blues, on eight different venues.

The festival is regarded to be truer to its musical roots than the Stockholm equivalent and features acts from the Swedish and international jazz scenes.

Price: 690 kronor for the festival pass (20 percent discount for students).

Time: Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th

Tickets: Gothenburg Jazz Festival tickets

Location: Gothenburg Jazz Festival venues

More information: Gothenburg Jazz Festival

Madonna – Sticky & Sweet Tour

Modern legend Madonna brings her Sticky & Sweet tour to Gothenburg’s Ullevi this weekend. The “Queen of Pop” has received praise from all quarters for the choreography and energy of her new song and dance gala.

Price: From 500 kronor

Time: Saturday August 8th & Sunday August 9th, 8pm

Tickets: Madonna tickets

Location: Ullevi Stadium

More information: Madonna

Continental Market

This traditional continental market has become a feature of the season in Britain for the past five years and it is now Sweden’s, and Gothenburg’s, turn.

The market has participants from France, Germany, Belgium, Spain who come to Gothenburg clad in traditional clothes to sell their wares on the city’s Gustav Adolfs torg.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Tuesday August 11th – Sunday August 16th

Tickets: Continental market

Location: Gustav Adolfs torg

More information: Continental Market


Soha (Fr/DZ)

French-Algerian Soha is described as a mix of Erykah Badu, Buena Vista Social Club, Sade and Billie Holiday.

She will take the stage in Pildammsparken on Tuesday with her mix of French chanson, jazz, tango, Cuban, pop and soul.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Tuesday August 11th, 7pm

Location: Pildammsteatern, Pildammsparken

More information: Malmö summer program of events

Festival for Gaza

“Ship to Gaza” is a Swedish movement which has a goal to send humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The ship will sail from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean via the ports of Europe.

This weekend the group is putting on a festival to raise awareness and funds for the cause.

CILIHILI, APA State Mental, Hanouneh & Kade Quelimane, Samson for President and Tan are among the acts on show in what promises to be a colourful manifestation.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Friday August 7thst, 2pm

Location: Folkets Park, Malmö

More information: Ship to Gaza

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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


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.