What’s on in Sweden: November 6 – 12

What's on in Sweden: Selam African festival & gospel munificence in Stockholm; Cirque du Soleil and MJ Thriller in Gothenburg; Oumou Sangaré in Malmö/Lund.

What's on in Sweden: November 6 - 12
Oumou Sangaré plays Malmö


Selam African Festival 2009

Selam African Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with one of the biggest happenings in the music scene of African roots. Four evenings packed with music from west and east Africa, Cuba and Algeria.

Also joining in the fun are a crop of the best Swedish artists within hip hop, dancehall and reggae.

Among the artists at the four day festival are Khaled, Oumou Sangaré, Timbuktu and Adam Tensta!

Price: According to event

Time: Friday November 6th – Monday November 9th

Location: Konserthuset, Hötorget & Kulturhuset, Sergels torg

More information: Selam Africa Festival

Cyndee Peters – Liberia aid concert

US/Swedish gospel singer and The Local blogger Cyndee Peters will be tuning up her munificent vocal chords in aid of Liberia’s children.

Peters will be performing with the Immanuel gospel choir at Vasastan’s Immanuel Church which is known for its international profile with members from over 50 countries.

Price: 220 kronor

Time: Saturday November 7th, 6pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: Immanuel Church, Kungstensgatan 17

More information: Cyndee Peters at Immanuel Church

Laughs At The Liffey – All English Standup Comedy

After a successful opening last month Stockholm newest all-English language comedy club is set to become something of an institution in the city’s stand-up circuit.

Laughs at The Liffey returns on Thursday, and every other as long as stocks last, bringing the a crop of up-and-coming and more established Anglophone wits.

Price: 40 kronor

Time: Thursday November 12th, 8pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: The Liffey, Stora Nygatan 42

More information: Laughs at The Liffey

Unknown Pleasures – Bogdan Szyber & Carina Reich

“In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality” said William S. Borroughs.

“Unknown Pleasures” is the third and final part of Kulturhuset’s “Melancholy Cycle” trilogy and is a dramatic art performance.

The piece borrows its name from the debut album by Joy Division, whose singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in the early 80s – a time awash with a New Order in music, fashion and dance.

Price: 180 kronor

Time: Saturday November 7th & Sunday November 8th

Tickets: Unknown Pleasures Tickets

Location: Hörsalen, Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg 3

More information: Unknown Pleasures

Black Biist – The Gothenburg Opera Ballet/Wim Vandekeybus

The classic drama of Oedipus becomes nightmarish dance theater. Magnificent, pulse elevating choreography is mixed with spoken dialogue when Wim Vandekeybus and the fantastic Göteborg Opera Ballet dancers perform this critically-acclaimed piece.

Price: 270 kronor

Time: Friday November 6th – Sunday November 8th

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 14

More information: Black Biist at the House of Dance


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:

Planeta World Music Festival

The seventh Planeta festival brings together artists, dancers and opinion-makers from various corners of the globe for a long weekend of concerts, dance performances and workshops.

Time: Thursday November 4th – Monday November 8th

Tickets: Planeta World Music Festival Tickets

Location: Locations across Gothenburg

More information: Planeta World Music Festival

Thriller – Live

A spectacular tribute to Michael Jackson. Two hours of non-stop hits from the self-styled “King of Pop”.

Price: 540 – 1,435 kronor

Time: Friday November 5th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Thriller – Live Tickets

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytev. 5

More information: Thriller at Lisebergshallen


Elin Ruth Sigvardsson

Sigvardsson is about to release her fourth studio album and is part of a wave of more established Swedish female singer-songwriters.

She has had plenty of praise from her peers, reward from a growing legion of fans, a magical fragile voice and something to say which is worth taking your time to hear.

Price: 160 kronor

Time: Friday November 6th, 8pm

Tickets: Elin Ruth Sigvardsson Tickets

Location: Babel, Spångatan 38

More information: Elin Ruth Sigvardsson

“Welcome” – film première

Bilal is a 17-year-old Kurd who has made the journey from the Middle East through Europe to England hoping meet his girlfriend who had emigrated there.

Bilal gets as far as Calais. He befriends a swimming instructor who becomes more and more involved in his life at greater risk to himself from the French legal system.

The film has generated a great deal of debate in France over immigration and integration policy.

Time: Friday November 6th, 7pm

Tickets: Welcome Tickets

Location: Panora, S:t Gertrudsg.4

More information: Panora

Oumou Sangaré

Oumou Sangaré, also known as the song-bird of Wasulu, is widely accepted to be one of the stars of her generation of Malian artists. When you consider who she is up against that is high praise indeed.

The charismatic star brings her African rhythms to Kulturbolaget on Saturday.

Price: 250 kronor/220 kronor concessions

Time: Saturday November 7th, 8pm

Tickets: Oumou Sangaré Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Oumou Sangaré 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.