What’s On in Sweden – January 22nd to 28th

What’s on in Sweden: Hair raising opera in Stockholm, blowing bubbles in Gothenburg and a postcard from Scotland in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden - January 22nd to 28th


The Barber Of Seville

A close shave at Stockholm’s Royal Opera House.

Price: see website

Location: Kungliga Operan

Date: Until 6th February (see website for more info)

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Kungliga Operan

Jerry Williams – Dynamite!

An explosive Rock n’ Roll show takes Gröna Lund on a rollercoaster ride.

Price: see website

Location: Gröna Lund

Date: Until 27th March

Time: onstage 9.30pm

More information: Gröna Lund

Skansen’s Kids Circus

Fun for all the family. Circus performed by kids for kids. No animal cruelty, just child labour.

Price: 30 kronor

Location: Bragehallen, Skansen

Date: Sundays until 25th April

Time: Midday and 2pm

More information: Skansen’s Barncirkus

Amy MacDonald

Scottish songbird Amy MacDonald comes to Berns

Price: 295 kronor

Location: Berns

Date: 25th January

Time: 8pm

More information: Berns

Stockholm Reggae Week

Governor Andy opens a week of roots, dub and reggae.

Location: Mosebacke Etablissement

Date: 27th – 31st January

More information: Mosebacke Etablissement

Brett Anderson

Yes, that Brett Anderson, him from Suede, plays new stuff and Suede classics at Nalen

Price: 290 kronor

Location: Nalen

Date: 28th January

Time: 9pm

More information: Nalen


Tom Noddy – Bubble Magic

World famous blower of bubbles comes to Gothenburg.

Location: Universum

Date: 22nd – 24th January

Time: Various shows – see website.

More information: Universum


Rock n’ Roll, jazz boogie and funk. Music influenced by New Orleans

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 23rd January

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Nefertiti


Fun club night. Run by artist collective ‘Det Nya Vaga’.

Price: Free

Location: Club Social

Date: 23rd January

Time: 8pm

More information: Club Social

Depeche Mode

Gahan but not forgotten, the synth combo from Basildon are back

Price: see website

Location: Scandinavium

Date: 26th January

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Live Nation


All Tomorrow’s House Party With Anton Zap

Moscow’s biggest Techno and House DJ

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 23rd January

Time: 11pm

More information: Inkonst

Hippos and other horses

Musical theatre for kids aged 4 – 7. About jealousy, loneliness and finding a real friend. Thrilling!

Price: 70 kronor

Location: Teater 23

Date: 24th January

Time: 3pm

More information: Teater 23

Decades – A postcard from Scotland

Club night celebrating the Scottish indie label that gave us the likes of Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub and Orange Juice.

Price: Free

Location: Retro

Date: 23rd January

Time: 10pm

More information: Retro

Depeche Mode

Gahan but not forgotton, the synth combo from Basildon are back

Price: see website

Location: Malmö Arena

Date: 25th January

Time: 19.30

More information: Live Nation

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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.