What’s on in Sweden: October 9 – 15

What's on in Sweden: Fashion market & Nouvelle Vague (Fr) in Stockholm; Culture night & Nostalgia fair in Gothenburg; The Handsome Family (US) & English comedy in Malmö/Lund

What's on in Sweden: October 9 - 15
Nouvelle Vague play Stockholm


Stockholm Fashion Market

Stockholm Fashion Market is a reaction to the fact that most fashion events are for the exclusive delectation of the chosen few.

Art exhibitions, DJs, fashion events and assorted happenings are on offer as well as the chance for the more discerning Stockholmers to add to their wardrobes.

Prices for items from the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Filippa K and Cheap Monday will be 50-90 percent of the regular retail.

Price: 120 kronor

Time: Friday October 9th & Saturday October 10th

Tickets: On the door

Location: Gamla Tryckeriet, Gustavlundsvägen 149b (Alvik)

More information: Stockholm Fashion Market

Nouvelle Vague (Fr)

Nouvelle Vague is a French music collective led by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux.

Their music is a mix of hits from the punk rock, post-punk and New Wave era set to a 1960s-era bossa nova arrangement.

The group broke through with a loud noise on an essentially empty street of French music in 2004 and are almost single-handedly responsible for its recent revival.

Price: 240 kronor

Time: Friday October 9th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Nouvelle Vague Tickets

Location: Berns Salonger, Berzelii Park

More information: Nouvelle Vague at Berns

Bob Hund

Bob Hund is a seven-piece Swedish rock band.

Their music is by some described as “a frantic celebration of the power of music to invigorate and give life” whereas others have suggested that Bob Hund sounds a bit like what you might expect if you merged Pere Ubu and the Pixies with a touch of Kraftwerk.

On Saturday afternoon or evening at Hornstulls Strand you can judge for yourself.

Price: 199 kronor

Time: Saturday October 10th, 4pm & 7pm

Tickets: Bob Hund Tickets

Location: Hornstulls Strand 4,

More information: Bob Hund at Hornstulls Strand

Shirin Neshat – Women Without Men

Shirin Neshat has since the beginning of the 1990s won a great deal of attention for her politically charged video works and photographs.

Her art is characterised by powerful visual symbolism, centred on female identity and sexuality, oppression, power and despair – topical issues in light of recent events in her home country Iran.

This exhibition is a four-part video work Women without Men (2004–2008) and is based on the novel of the same title by the Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, written in 1974 but not published until 1989 after the author was banned by the Islamic regime for her provocative allegory of life in contemporary Iran.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Saturday October 10th – January 31st 2010

Location: Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

More information: Shirin Neshat at Kulturhuset

Bern Kerlsey (UK) – Sweden’s only Swinglish comic

Sweden based Anglo comic and The Local blogger Ben Kersley brings his brand of quintessentially Swinglish humour to the big city this week.

Kersley asks what it means to be Swedish in 2009. He wonders what one must do to become Swedish – is it enough to pretend to understand (Ingmar) Bergman?

Time: Sunday October 11th, 7.30pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: Playhouse Theatre, Sibyllegatan 29

More information: Ben Kersley – 110% Lagom


Scandinavia Model & Toy Fair

Model cars, trains, airplanes, boats, technica, automobilia, dolls, bookmarks, comics, movie posters, vinyl records, boats and much more… 260 exhibitors will crowd the Eriksbergshallen with 10,000+ amusing things that you are looking for. And everything is for sale!

Price: 60 kronor

Time: Thursday October 1st – Sunday October 4th

Tickets: Hall entry

Location: Eriksbergshallen, Maskingatan 11, Göteborg

More information: Scandinavia Model & Toy Fair

Kulturnatta 2009

One of the highlights of the Gothenburg arts and culture scene opens on Frdiay when the Kulturnatta 2009 takes a bow – this year’s theme is “Water.”

Choir song, dance, open stage, art exhibitions, architecture, music, film…you name it, it is on offer during the evening.

Price: Most events are free of charge

Time: Friday October 9th, from 6.30pm

Location: Kulturnatta 2009

More information: Kulturnatta 2009


Wisecracker’s – Sweden’s first all English comedy club

Well it was only a question of time it seems – this weekend sees the opening of Sweden’s first all English comedy club in Malmö.

Wisecracker’s will have no fixed home and will instead tour play 12 shows at 3 locations in Malmö & Lund.

Besides Swedish comedians you’ll see Australians, Canadians, Norwegians, Americans, Brits and other internationals perform.

The funny festivities open their doors at Västgöta student nation in Lund on October 9th and move on Wednesday to Helsingkrona nation.

You do not need to be a student to attend.

Price: 40 kronor

Time: Friday October 9th, 9pm

Tickets: Wisecracker’s Comedy Club Tickets

Location: Västgöta Nation & Helsingkrona Nation at Lund University, Fagan’s Irish Pub in Malmö

More information: Wisecracker’s

The Handsome Family (US)

The king & queen of alternative country are back in Malmö. The Handsome Family’s morbid and burlesque lyrics are sure to leave none of their KB audience unmoved on Friday.

Price: 100 kronor

Time: Friday October 9th, 8pm

Tickets: Handsome FamilyTickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Handsome Family at KB

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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.