What’s on in Sweden: November 13 – 19

What's on in Sweden: International film festival & monster truck extravaganza in Stockholm; Cliff Richard & The Shadows (UK) in Gothenburg; Tower of Power (US) in Malmö/Lund.

What's on in Sweden: November 13 - 19
Danish Saroee/Pustervik; Arenacale; Zach Klein


Stockholm International Film Festival

From George Clooney to a South Korean thriller and a Swedish futuristic dystopia – the 180 films of this year’s Stockholm International Film festival have something for everyone! It’s time to pick your favourites!

French director Luc Besson is the recipient of this year’s Visionary Award and the mercurial Susan Sarandon is this year’s special guest and winner of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award.

The apocalypse is the spotlight of the festival and so if you are in any doubt – the time is now!

Price: 220 kronor for the festival card plus 50-70 kronor per film

Time: Wednesday November 18th – Sunday November 29th

Location: Stockholm International Film Festival

More information: Stockholm International Film Festival

Monster Jam

Monster Jam is a crazy, American spectacle for the whole family and it comes to the Ericsson Globe arena this weekend. Four tonne, 3.4 metre high monster trucks burning gallons of fuel and bouncing 40 metres in the air at 160 kph – grab the kids and beat those climate change blues.

Hot favourites Grave Digger and Batman will be there to challenge home favourite Thor and others in a display of rippling rubber and pumping pistons.

Price: 75 – 450 kronor

Time: Saturday November 14th – Sunday November 15th

Tickets: Monster Jam Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe, Globentorget

More information: Monster Jam

Tvättstuga Tales – a very Swedish exhibition

The tvättstuga (communal laundry room) is a very Swedish (and Finnish) institution. Every block of flats has one and they often form the function of impromptu neighbourly meeting place and regularly give cause to conflict.

Loved by some, hated by others, the “tvättstuga” is something of nostalgic hangover from a more collectivist age. It is also the subject of a new exhibition at Nordiska.

Apparently 77 percent of residential conflicts have their origin in washing times and fluff in the dryer – and you wonder why there is war in the world…

Price: Free of charge

Time: From November 6th, 10-16 Mon-Fri/11-17 Sat-Sun

Location: Nordiska Museet, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16.

More information: Tvättstugan at Nordiska

Monsters of Folk (US)

Monsters of Folk is made up of folk music giants Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and singer/songwritern M. Ward.

The band are in Stockholm for their first performances outside of the USA and can be seen at the Filadelfia church on Thursday.

Price: 280 – 360 kronor

Time: Thursday November 19th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Monsters of Folk Tickets

Location: Filadelfiakyrkan, Rörstrand

More information: Monsters of Folk

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 together a crop of up-and-coming and more established Anglophone wits.

Price: 40 kronor

Time: Thursday November 19th, 8pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: The Liffey, Stora Nygatan 42

More information: Laughs at The Liffey


Cliff Richard & The Shadows (UK)

The ageing Bachelor Boy is bringing his Shadows to Gothenburg’s Scandinavium on Wednesday as part of a farewell tour to celebrate 50 years in the music business.

Cliff will be sure to serve up a rendition of his old favourites such as Living Doll, Travellin’ Light, Please Don’t Tease, Bachelor Boy, Wonderful Land, Apache and oh so many more.

Cliff will also be performing at Malmö Arena in Hyllie on Saturday November 14th.

Price: 475-695 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 18th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Cliff Richard Tickets

Location: Scandinavium, Valhallagatan 1

More information: Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Asylum Shopping

Teater Scenario and Riksteatern have put together a performance exposing “the bizarre world of the Migration Board”.

You will meet officials who can do little more than offer suicide tips and others searching desperately for refugees that fulfil the stringent conditions for asylum in Sweden.

Displaying a sharp wit the performance exposes the topical debate while featuring a Swedish Asylum Championships.

The play is performed in Swedish.

Price: 150 kronor

Time: Thursday November 19th – Friday November 20th, 7pm

Tickets: Asylshopping Tickets

Location: Pustervik Theatre, Järntorgsgatan 12

More information: Pustervik


Tower of Power (US)

Ten-man soul outfit Tower of Power bring their passionate, pulse raising music to Malmö on Sunday – if they don’t get your feet tapping, you are probably dead – or so the saying goes.

Price: 380 kronor

Time: Sunday November 15th, 8pm

Tickets: Welcome Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Tower of Power at Kulturbolaget

Yo La Tengo (US)

New York trio Yo La Tengo bring their melancholic, yet open and charming tunes to Lund’s Mejeriet on Wednesday to promote their new album “Popular Songs”.

Price: 250 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 18th, 9pm

Tickets: Yo La Tengo Tickets

Location: Mejeriet, Lund

More information: Yo La Tengo

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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.