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What’s On in Sweden: December 11th – 17th

What’s on in Sweden: Dubstep comes to Stockholm, Alice Cooper pays a visit to Gothenburg and Elvis has been spotted in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: December 11th - 17th

STOCKHOLM

Benny Goodman 100 år

A tribute to Benny Goodman, with the Benny Goodman Quartet and a 16 piece Big Band

Price:220-320 kronor

Location: Berwaldhallen

Date: 14th December

Time: 19.30

More information: Ticnet

Laughs At The Liffey

Stand Up comedy in English

Price:40 kronor

Location: The Liffey, Gamla Stan

Date: 17th December

Time: 8pm

More information: Laughs At The Liffey

Christmas at Skokloster

Get into the Christmas spirit at Skokloster castle – Christmas market, carols and Julbord

Location: Skokloster Slott

Date: 12th December

Time: 11-16

More information: Skokloster Slott

Vintage Market on Söder

Everything from vintage clothing to jewellery to Star Wars figures

Date: 12th/13th December

Location: Skrapan, Södermalm

Time: 11am

More information: Vintage Market

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens classic Christmas story

Price: 345 kronor

Location: Maxim Theatre

Date: Now until Xmas (See website for performance dates and times)

More information: A Christmas Carol

All Out Dubstep

Braaap! Braaap! UK Grime, Dupstep and Drum n Bass with DJs Silkie and Plastician from the UK

Price:150 kronor

Location: Fabriken, Strandbergsgatan 51

Date: 11th December

Time: 10pm – 3 am

GOTHENBURG

Mozart’s Requiem

Gothenburg Opera’s Ballet ensemble perform to Mozart’s Requiem. 18 dancers, 43 choristers, 4 soloists and a full orchestra.

Price: 70- 415 kronor

Location: Göteborgsoperan

Time: 6pm

Date: From December 12th (See website for performance times)

More information: Gothenburg Opera

Latin American Dance

¡Merengue! ¡Cumbia! ¡Batchata! and other Latin American dance music – After Work that goes late into the night

Price:60 Kronor (130 kronor with buffet)

Location: Rio Rio, Rosenlundsplatsen

Time: 6pm to 4am

Alice Cooper

The King of Theatre Rock is back with ‘Theatre Of Death’. A heartwarming Christmas concert for your granny?

Price:425 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen

Time: 18.30

Date: 14th December

More information: Alice Cooper

Irish Christmas Concert

West of Eden present a Celtic Christmas

Date: 12th and 13th December

Time: 5pm (Sat) 4pm (Sun)

Location: Annedalskyrkan

More information: Svenska Kyrkan

Spices at the Botanical Gardens

Spices – an experience for all the senses

Location: Gothenburg Botanical Gardens

Time: 10am – 4 pm

Date: Until 6th January

More information: Botanical Gardens

MALMÖ

Elvis Christmas Show

See The King (or Ken Wegas, as he’s known in Malmö). Julbord, Casino and a whole lotta Elvis

Price:460 kronor

Location: Casino Cosmopol

Date: Till 19th December

More information: Elvis Julbord

Bizet’s Carmen

Who’d have thought working in a cigarette factory could be so exciting?

Price:100-195 Kronor

Location: Malmö Stadsteater

Time: See website for details

More information: Malmö Stadsteater

Shazakalazoo

Freakyfolk Party presents Shazakalazoo, Folkstep brasshoppers from Belgrade!

Price:60 kronor

Location: Inkonst, Bergsgatan 29

Date: 17th December

More information: Inkonst

Barbie is 50!

A dreamworld for Barbie fans. Clothes, car, caravans and Ken through the decades

Price: see website for details

Location: Malmö Leksaksmuseum (Toy museum)

Time: 11am – 5pm

Date: Until January 10th

More information: Malmö Leksaksmuseum

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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.

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