What’s on in Sweden: August 28 – September 3

What's on in Sweden: International comedy & classical music festivals in Stockholm; Aero show & international athletics in Gothenburg; Dinosaur Jr in Malmö.


Stockholm International Comedy Festival ’09

Sweden’s first international comedy festival takes place in Stockholm this weekend – stand-up, performance, vaudeville and other hilarities will be performed on seven stages over the three days of the laughter fest.

The festival unites the best comedic talents from Scandinavia with some edgy physical performers from the USA, New Zealand and Italy.

Bill Burr, Jessica Kirson, Jason Anders, Marina Franklin, Al Pitcher and Ennio Marchetto will be among the acts on offer.

Price: 100 kronor per show

Time: Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th

Tickets: Stockholm Comedy Festival Tickets

Location: Södra Teatern, Norra Brunn, Rival, Boulevardteatern

More information: Stockholm International Comedy Festival ’09

Baltic Sea festival 2009

The Baltic Sea Festival 2009 will take place from August 28th to September 3rd. You can look forward to a week filled with classical music, exciting first performances, fantastic concerts and much more.

Some of the world’s most sought after soloists and conductors will join us this summer; Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Peter Dijkstra, Leila Josefowicz and many others.

Price: From 145 kronor per concert

Time: Friday August 28th – Thursday September 3rd

Tickets: Baltic Sea Festival Tickets

Location: Berwaldhallen, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3

More information: Baltic Sea Festival


One of the last of the summer’s festivals, Popaganda, takes place at Eriksdalsbadet this weekend.

US band MGMT head line up which also features Camera Obscura (UK), Steve Aoki (US), The Teenagers (FR/UK), Swedish starlet Lykke Li and many, many more.

Remember – leave your umbrella at home…

Price: 500 kronor for the two-day festival pass

Time: Friday August 28th & Saturday August 29th

Tickets: Popaganda Festival Tickets

Location: Eriksdalsbadet, Skanstull

More information: Popaganda Festival

The Head Quarter – Queer première

The Head Quarter is a bar. That is also a stage. That is also a gallery. A bar where you, without a deep pocket but with boundless visions, can go to when you want to have a beer or some food. With a stage and a gallery where you always can expect something you didn’t expect.

The Head Quarter is for you who is an activist, artist, musician, producer, party promoter, poet, movie-maker, shaker, debater, author, publisher, editor, part of an association, collective member, organizer, or you with a vision about a space where your dreams can come true,starting this weekend.

While the HQ opens on Thursday Friday promises LAJV with a line up featuring Frida Selander, Howdie Ho, Andy Candy and many more.

Price: 30 kronor

Time: Friday August 28th, 7pm

Location: Närkesgatan 8

More information: The Head Quarter in English


Gothenburg Aero Show

The Gothenburg Aero show is the largest of its kind in Sweden and promises a daring day out for the whole family.

The Team 60, Spitfires, “the Red Baron”, Gripen, incredible aerobatics and much more…

Price: 200 kronor for a two-day ticket, discounts for kids and families.

Time: Saturday August 29th – Sunday August 30th, 9am-6pm

Tickets: Gothenburg Aero Show Tickets

Location: Aeroseum, Gothenburg

More information: Gothenburg Aero Show

Finnkamp – International athletics

Finnkampen – as all sporting meetings between Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland are dubbed – perhaps never gets bigger than in the sport of track and field athletics.

The event dates back to 1925. Sweden’s women have claimed the last eight for the, while the Finnish men have won seven times since 2002.

The Swedish team is decimated this year with a slew of its top stars on the treatment table. But from a spectator’s point of view it is the “kamp” that is the attraction and that is sure to be as intense as ever.

Price: From 100 kronor

Time: August 29th & August 30th

Tickets: Finnkampen Tickets

Location: Ullevi Stadium

More information: Finnkampen


Dinosaur Jr (US)

US rockers Dinosaur Jr come to Malmö’s KB this weekend.

Their ninth studio album “Farm” was released at the end of June to storming reviews.

Price: 300 kronor

Time: Friday August 28th, 8pm

Tickets: Dinosaur Jr Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Dinosaur Jr at Kulturboloaget

Lou Clayton

The Southern Kitchen Cafe is a small bolthole of the deep south in Malmö. The cafe offers wholesome food like ‘ya momma used to make’.

They also put on US inspired music evenings and this Sunday brunch will be accompanied by the piano, evergreens and light jazz of Lou Clayton.

Price: Free with your meal

Time: Sunday August 30th, 11.30am

Location: Southern Kitchen Café, Östra Förstadsgatan 24

More information: Southern Kitchen Café

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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.