What’s on in Sweden: Nov 27 – Dec 3

What's on in Sweden: Skansen Christmas market & Charles Dickens in Stockholm; Swedish Idol & Melissa Horn in Gothenburg; Little Theatre of Gestures in Malmö/Lund

What's on in Sweden: Nov 27 - Dec 3
A Christmas Carol, performed by The English Theatre Company


Stockholm International Horse Show

The Stockholm International Horse Show returns promising “everything and anything to do with a horse”.

All sorts of equestrian activities are on offer over the three day event which is the largest on the Globe agenda.

Price: From 195 kronor

Time: Friday November 27th – Sunday November 29th

Tickets: Stockholm International Horse Show Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe, Globentorget

More information: Stockholm International Horse Show

Stockholm International Film Festival

The Stockholm Film Festival comes to a glittering crescendo this week with the last of the some 180 films on show.

French director Luc Besson received this year’s Visionary Award and the mercurial Susan Sarandon visited Stockholm last week to pick up the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award.

The apocalypse is the spotlight of the festival and so there is no time to dither.

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

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

One of Charles Dickens’ most popular stories, A Christmas Carol, is back on stage in Stockholm after a six year hiatus following the closure of The English Theatre Company.

The classic story will be performed in English featuring actors from Britain.

As Tiny Tim says; God bless us, everyone!

Price: 345 kronor

Time: Friday November 27th, 7.30pm until Christmas

Tickets: A Christmas Carol Tickets

Location: Maxim Theatre, Karlaplan

More information: A Christmas Carol at the Maxim Theatre

Cullberg Ballet

Cullberg Ballet is one’s of Sweden’s genuine internationally-renowned dance companies.

The company will for the first time be performing on the House of Dance’s small stage, working together with Canadian choreographers Benoît Lachambre and Crystal Pite in a smaller and more intimate format.

Two shorter pieces will be performed during the evening, providing an excellent opportunity to see the talented Cullberg Ballet up close.

Price: 220 kronor

Time: Friday November 27th, 7pm

Tickets: Cullberg Ballet Tickets

Location: The House of Dance, Barnhusgatan 14

More information: The Cullberg Ballet

Skansen Christmas Market

The quintessential Swedish Christmas market belongs to Skansen.

The park and zoo on the picturesque island of Djurgården in central Stockholm first played host to a yuletide market in 1903 and has been continuing the tradition since then.

This Saturday the bonfires will be lit, the tables laid and the mulled wine stewed, and there is of course plenty more to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Price: 80 kronor (30 kronor for Children 6-15 years-old)

Time: From Saturday November 28th – Sunday December 20th

Location: Skansen, Djurgården

More information: Skansen

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 Stockholm on Friday and give you a chance to judge for yourself.

More tickets available.

Price: 220 kronor

Time: Friday November 27th, 7pm

Tickets: The Sonics Tickets

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

More information: The Sonics


Melissa Horn

Swedish artist Melissa Horn is currently one of Sweden’s most popular artists. She has made her name the old way – by touring, with a string of sell out concerts in the past year.

While she sings in Swedish her stage persona goes down in any language and is worth the challenging your language to grasp her soulful, thoughtful lyrics.

Price: 275 kronor

Time: Sunday November 29th & Monday December 7th, 8pm

Tickets: Melissa Horn Tickets

Location: Lorensbergsteatern, Berzeliigatan 4

More information: Melissa Horn at Lorensbergsteatern

Rigmor Gustafsson

Gustafsson’s last four albums have all sold gold.

She is recognized as the natural heir to Monica Zetterlund as Sweden’s jazz queen and has a simply magnificent vocal range.

Price: 240 kronor

Time: Thursday December 3rd, 7.30pm

Tickets: Tickets

Location: Nefertiti, Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6

More information: Rigmor Gustafsson at Nefertiti

Swedish Idol

TV talent show Idol is bigger than ever and brings its promise of hope and glory to Gothenburg’s Scandinavium on Thursday and Friday.

Price: 215 – 530 kronor

Time: Thursday December 3rd & Friday December 4th, 7pm

Tickets: Idol Tickets

Location: Scandinavium, Valhallagatan 1

More information: Idol at Scandinavium


Little Theatre of Gestures – exhibition

The exhibition “Little Theatre of Gestures” is about changes.

Small changes. Changes that we do to ourselves or to our surroundings. The exhibition attempts to examine and look at how we display these changes, the theatricality of objects and bodies, staged and in daily life.

The exhibition features work from artists as far afield as Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Ireland and Japan.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until Sunday January 10th

Location: Malmö Konsthall, S:t Johannesgatan 7

More information: Little Theatre of Gestures


Sweden’s current largest rock band continue their countrywide tour in Malmö.

Price: 380 kronor

Time: Friday November 27th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Takida Tickets

Location: Baltiska Hallen, Malmö

More information: Takida in Malmö

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Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

Sweden's capital Stockholm is full of hairdressers and writers, and sometimes even writers in hairdressers. And it can be a disturbing city when you're a bald Frenchman who happens to be a writer, observes Luis de Miranda.

Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

As a bald French writer exiled in Stockholm since last year, I have rapidly noticed that 50 percent of the Swedish population is either a hairdresser or a writer – or both.

In Stockholm, there is a frisör every fifty metres, where you usually find a lonely person getting a blond hair colour or a new cut, while reading the newspaper.

In the newspaper you will find many articles about people who engage in many different activities but who are also often designated as författare (writer): Sven Svensson, actor and författare; Camilla Johansson, yoga instructor and författare; Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister and författare.

It seems that any kind of printed material entitles you to be a författare, and some daily newspapers need to display book reviews in every edition in order to keep the pace and make all the författare happy.

Let’s be honest: I can understand that everybody agrees to call everybody else

a writer – that is an interesting form of collective vanity – but why so many

hairdressers? Some say it’s about money laundering. Or is it also about vanity?

People want to have nice blond hair and it is understandable. But as a bald French writer, I simply don’t exist here in Sweden: having little hair makes me invisible and

being a writer makes me very common.

I am considering wearing a wig and stopping my Swedish classes in order to remain relatively illiterate in the language of Swedenborg (no, this is not the name of my hairdresser). I shall refrain from writing even the slightest memoir on beard shaving.

But please don’t misunderstand me. I love Sweden and the Swedes. I respect any författare, any frisör, and I like fika, folkhem, filmjölk and feminism…

Sweden is just…fantastic.

Luis de Miranda is a French novelist, philosopher, editor and film director who has been in Stockholm for a year. He is also bald.