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What’s on in Sweden: October 30 – November 5

What's on in Sweden: Alaska & William Fitzimmons (US) in Stockholm; Cirque du Soleil in Gothenburg; Jay Reatard (US) in Malmö/Lund.

What's on in Sweden: October 30 - November 5

STOCKHOLM

Halloween half term fun for the kids

Stockholm’s house of culture (Kulturhuset) is a hive of artistic activity at any time of the year but as half term comes around its pickings are richer than normal.

Room for kids will this week host a programme of events with a Nordic theme including poetry, workshops, art, film or the chance to laze around in the library chatting to what is often a very cosmopolitan mix of parents.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Until November 1st, 11am-5pm

Location: Rum för barn, Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

More information: Kultuhuset

Alaska – Gunilla Heilborn

Thinking about moving to Alaska? Then see this performance first.

A group of people meet. They all cherish a vague, common dream to move to somewhere far away, to freedom, maybe to Alaska. Or perhaps they are actually already there?

Gunilla Heilborn is an award winning choreographer/direct that explores these themes as well as providing answer to questions such as – What’s the penguin doing there? And the woman in the poncho with the strange hairstyle?

Price: 220 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 4th & Thursday November 5th, 7pm

Tickets: Gunilla Heilborn at Dansens Hus

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 14

More information: Gunilla Heilborn at Dansens Hus

William Fitzimmons (USA)

Said to be the best thing since Iron & Wine, William Fitzimmons come to Södran on Wednesday and lets you judge for yourselves.

Fitzimmons released his first studio album “The Sparrow and The Crow” in October with a clear musical resonance of the likes of the aforementioned, as well as Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens.

Price: 210 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 5th, 8pm

Tickets: William Fitzimmons Tickets

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg

More information: William Fitzimmons at Södra Teatern

Perfect Performance – Stockholm International Theatre Festival

This year’s Perfect Performance festival has theatre as its theme.

12 international theatre companies including Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, Eva-Meyer Keller and Gob Squad will be among those taking the stage at the House of Dance, Stadsteatern, Kulturhuset, Teaterhögskolan and Clarion Hotel.

Price: 150 kronor for festival pass which grants 50 percent discount on performances

Time: Thursday October 23rd – Saturday October 31st

Tickets: Perfect Performance Festival Tickets

Location: Bio Rio, Hornstulls Strand 3 & Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg 3

More information: Perfect Performance Festival 2009

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 characterized 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

GOTHENBURG

Cirque du Soleil

Canadian new circus group Cirque du Soleil brings their new show Saltimbanco to Gothenburg’s Scandinavium.

Saltimbanco is a Cirque du Soleil signature show inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colourful inhabitants with a decidedly baroque theme.

Price: 530-740 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 4th – Sunday November 8th, 8pm

Tickets: Cirque du Soleil Tickets

Location: Scandinavium, Valhallagatan 1

More information: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/world/en/se/index.asp

Gothenburg Gothic Gathering 2009

It’s all in the title – if you like wearing black, it might be something for you.

Price: 120 kronor

Time: Saturday October 31st, 8pm

Tickets: Gothenburg Gothic Gathering 2009 Tickets

Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13

More information: Gothenburg Gothic Gathering 2009

Halloween magic show

English magician and mind controller (!) Rick Jackson will be casting his spells at Villa Belparc in Gothenburg’s Slottskogen on Halloween this Saturday.

Believe in the possibility of the impossible!

Price: 100 kronor

Time: Saturday October 31th, 9pm

Tickets: 031-82 92 82

Location: Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen

More information: Rick Jackson – magician

MALMÖ/LUND

Stand Up in English

Now there is English stand-up comedy in Skåne too! Sunday, November 1st you can see a raft of comedians from around the world perform in English.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Sunday November 1st, 7.30pm

Location: Fagan’s Irish Bar, Per Weijersgatan 4, Malmö

More information: English Stand-up

Jay Reatard (US)

Memphis angry young man Jay Reatard has been described as a “punk prodigy” and is part of the modern garage punk wave that swept over us a couple of years ago.

Reatard has bounced around a few record companies in recent years but has now settled on Matador with whom he has produced a much-hyped album entitled “Watch Me Fall”.

Price: 150 kronor

Time: Tuesday November 3rd, 9pm

Tickets: Jay Reatard Tickets

Location: Babel, Malmö

More information: Jay Reatard

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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

STOCKHOLM

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.

MALMÖ

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.

LUND

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.

UPPSALA

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.

HELSINGBORG

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.

LINKÖPING

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.

UMEÅ

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.

GOTHENBURG

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.

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