What’s on in Sweden: September 4 – 10

What's on in Sweden: International polo & feminist porn in Stockholm; International art biennial in Gothenburg; Paul Potts (UK) in Malmö.


Concerts for Change – Läkare Utan Gränser benefit

A benefit concert for the Swedish branch of the aid organisation Doctors Without Borders will be held in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Featured artists will include Sofia Talvik and band, Tom Levin and band, and DJ Monica.

Price: 100 kronor donation

Time: Wednesday September 9th, 7pm

Location: Eken Bar, Hilton Slussen, Guldgränd 8

More information: Concerts for Change

Birkastan day

Birkastan, also known as Birkastaden, is an area of central Stockholm that has no clear official boundaries – it is kind of what’s left when Norrmalm, Östermalm and Vasastan (of which it is nominally a part) have taken their chunk.

That is perhaps why the cosy yet grand area of mostly turn of the century buildings feels that it needs its very own day.

This day is on Sunday and promises to have a wealth of activities for the whole family – an old-fashioned street party, quite simply.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Sunday September 6th

Location: Birkastan – St Eriksgatan in the east, Karlbergsvägen in the north, railway tracks in the south-west


Now that I have your attention, here’s the rub (so to speak) – “Dirty Diaries” is the name given to a project tasked with having a poke at creating a more open, creative and less misogynistic, feminist porn.

As Thursday turns into Friday morning the worthy project will have its grand release party at Hornstulls strand where the films will be shown and then discussed for their aesthetic and artistic value.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Thursday September 3rd, 10pm – 2am

Tickets: On the door

Location: Hornstulls strand

More information: Dirty Diaries

International polo – Sweden vs US

The Almare Stäket Polo Country Club of Stockholm (Team Sweden) welcomes the Scuppernong Polo Club of Atlanta (Team USA) next week for a 2-day polo match.

The inaugural US-Sweden match has been billed “as a great example of the diversity and depth of ties between our countries.”

Time: Thursday September 10th, 2pm & Friday September 11th, 11am

Location: Almare Stäket Polo Country Club, Kungsängen

More information: Polo Club Sweden


Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

The fifth Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art opens this week and continues for ten weeks at venues across the city.

This year’s theme is “What a Wonderful World,” is curated by Celia Prado and Johan Pousette, and presents works by 17 artists from different parts of the world.

Price: Gothenburg Art Biennial hours & admission

Time: Saturday September 5th – Sunday November 15th

Tickets: Venue entry

Location: Art Biennial Venues

More information: Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Maia Hirasawa

Swedish singer-songwriter Maia Hirasawa is (actually) big in Japan. Since the release of her debut “Though I’m just me” in 2007 she has been busy building a promising career in Sweden.

Price: 80 kronor

Time: Friday September 4th, 8pm

Tickets: Liseberg entrance

Location: Liseberg

More information: Maia Hirasawa at Liseberg

Gothenburg fish harbour festival

The Gothenburg fish harbour festival returns for the fourth time on Saturday.

Taste, learn, stroke and generally familiarize oneself with a myriad of fish of all shapes and sizes. There will be musical entertainment at the festival which promises to be a fish feast for all the family.

Time: Saturday September 5th, 12pm

Location: Fiskhamnen in Gothenburg

More information: Gothenburg fish harbour festival


Paul Potts (UK)

Well there is little that can be added to the remarkable story of the man from Wales who had a dream and an angelic voice.

Price: 470 kronor

Time: Sunday September 6th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Paul Potts Tickets

Location: Baltiska Hallen, Malmö

More information: Paul Potts at Baltiska Hallen

Chip Taylor (US) & Kendel Carson (Can)

Chip Taylor is a living legend who made his name in the sixties with hits such as “Wild Thing,” “Angel Of The Morning,” “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder),” “I Can’t Let Go” and “Country Girl, City Man.”

Chip is joined on stage at Malmö’s Babel by Canadian crooner Kendal Carson.

Price: 200 kronor

Time: Saturday September 5th, 8pm

Tickets: Chip Taylor Tickets

Location: Babel, Spångatan 38

More information: Babel Malmö

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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.