What’s on in Sweden: November 20 – 26

What's on in Sweden: November 20 - 26
British film An Education, one of many treats at the Stockholm Film Festival
What's on in Sweden: International film festival & Simple Minds (UK) in Stockholm; Christmas market & Takida in Gothenburg; The Sonics (US) in Malmö/Lund.


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

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

The ageing bachelor boy, Cliff Richard, gives Stockholm a chance to sample his charms on Friday on what is promised to be a farewell tour.

Price: 550 – 750 kronor

Time: Friday November 20th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Cliff Richard Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe, Globentorget

More information: Cliff Richard & The Shadows at The Globe

Rumble of the Kings – fighting

The K1 Scandinavia/Rumble of the Kings gala takes over Globen’s Annexet on Friday. With some of the toughest fighters around there is plenty on show for the more or less discerning fight fan – no holds barred is, I believe, the term.

Price: 195 – 1995 kronor

Time: Friday November 20th, 5.30pm

Tickets: Rumble of the Kings Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe Annexet, Globentorget

More information: Cliff Richard & The Shadows at The Globe

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

Simple Minds (UK)

Glasgow’s finest make this week a veterans weekend to remember as Simple Minds bring their rich tapestry of rock hits to Solna.

Price: 485 kronor

Time: Monday November 23rd, 7.30pm

Tickets: Simple Minds at Solnahallen

Location: Solnahallen, Ankdammsrondellen 46

More information: Simple Minds at Solnahallen


Christmas Market at Tjolöholm castle

Christmas market and fire show at one of western Sweden’s largest Christmas festivities.

Five days of handicrafts, gourmet food, elves, Santa’s, mulled wine and everything else that can be attributed (or sold on the back of) the festive period.

New for this year, the 22nd consecutive, is a fire show to light up the grounds of the stately home.

Price: Christmas cheer

Time: Until Sunday November 22nd, 10am – 8pm/6pm (Saturday)/5pm (Sunday)

Location: Tjolöholms Castle, 439 74 Fjärås

More information: Christmas Market at Tjolöholm Castle


One of Sweden’s most enigmatic and unpretentious stage artists has embarked on a solo tour – “to get closer to her audience”.

Singing in a plethora of languages and on a series of instruments, an evening with Laleh Pourkarim is always worth the ticket price.

Price: 295 kronor

Time: Sunday November 22nd, 8pm

Tickets: Laleh Tickets

Location: Lorensbergsteatern, Berzeliigatan 4

More information: Laleh at Lorensbergsteatern


Sweden’s current largest rock band with plenty more to give.

Price: 380 kronor

Time: Thursday November 26th, 8pm

Tickets: Takida Tickets

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytev. 5

More information: Takida at Lisebergshallen

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


Sensurround – Music Film Festival

The Malmö & Lund International Music Film Festival continues this weekend with a total of over 66 performances at Inkonst, Spegeln, Panora & Lagret in Malmö and Kino in Lund.

Price: Membership card 30 kronor plus 50 kronor per film

Time: Until Sunday November 22nd

Tickets: Sensurround Tickets

Location: Inkonst, Bergsg.29; Spegeln, Stortorg.29; Panora, S:t Gertrudsgatan 4; Lagret, Malmö & Kino, Kyrkog. 3 (Lund).

More information: Tegan & Sara at Mejeriet

Tegan & Sara (Can)

Tegan & Sara are a Canadian indie rock/pop duo.

The prolific pair established themselves with their fifth and sixth albums entitled respectively “The Con” and “Sainthood” and have toured with the likes of Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright and The Killers.

The sisters come to Lund’s Mejeriet on Saturday.

Price: 200 kronor

Time: Saturday November 21st, 8.45pm

Tickets: Tegan & Sara Tickets

Location: Mejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64

More information: Tegan & Sara at Mejeriet

The Sonics (US)

What would have become of punk if if weren’t for The Sonics, you could well ask. No need to as the legendary US band come to Malmö on Wednesday and give you a chance to judge for yourself.

Price: 300 kronor

Time: Wednesday November 25th, 9pm

Tickets: The Sonics Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: The Sonics

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