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What’s On in Sweden: March 26th – April 1st

What’s on in Sweden: Eek A Mouse in Stockholm, Swollen Members in Gothenburg and naked performance art in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: March 26th - April 1st

STOCKHOLM

UK Night @ Solidaritet

UK DJ Sonny Wharton cuts it up like a nut cutlet with Groove Society as warm up.

Location: Solidaritet

Date: 26th March

Time: 11pm

More information: Solidaritet

Eek A Mouse!

The original Dance Hall ‘Biddy beng-beng, Biddy meng-meng’. Don’t miss the chance to see him live!

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Kägelbanan, Södrateatern

Date: 26th March

Time: 10pm

More information: Södrateatern

Wedding Expo

More than you could ever possibly need to know about tying the knot in Sweden

Location: Skansen

Date: 27th/28th March

Time: Until death do us part

More information: Skansen

The Fantastic Orchestra!

Music Theatre group Kåbra introduce us to the whats and hows of the Royal Philharmonic (Kungliga Filharmonikerna)

Price: 55 kronor (kids) 100 kronor (adults)

Location: Stockholms Konserthus

Date: 27th March

Time: See website

More information: Konserthus

Berns International Comedy Club

International Comedy from around the world – Entry to nightclub included in ticket price

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Berns Salonger

Date: 31st March

Time: 9pm

More information: Berns Salonger

GOTHENBURG

Swollen Members + Killa Clowns

Back from the brink of self destruction, Swollen Members are back to keep the Hip Hop underground real.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Pustervikbaren

Date: 26th March

Time: 8pm

More information: Pustervik Bar

TUR 2010

The leading Scandinavian trade fair for travel, tourism and meetings

Price: See website

Location: Svenska Mässan

Date: 27th and 28th March (open to public)

More information: TUR 2010

Nick the Record

Nick the Record (Friendly records, UK) plays the sound of the soulful underground

Price:100 kronor

Location:Nefertiti

Date: 27th March

Time: 00.30

More information: Nefertiti

Music Doc Festival

Festival showing the most exciting new films about music and musicians

Location: 5 locations – See website

Date: 25th – 28th March

More information: Music Doc Festival

MALMÖ

Girl Monster

Chicks on Speed presents Girl Monster: The Naked Performers. Unclothed performance art from Berlin

Price: See website

Location: Inkonst

Date: 26th March

Time: 9pm

More information: Inkonst

Cirkus Brazil Jack

Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus is coming to town!

Location: Jägersro Center

Date: 26th-28th March

Time: See website

More information: Jägersro Center

Does it offend you, yeah?

UK band ‘Does it offend you, yeah?’ hit Freaks and Geeks in Malmö

Price: 90 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 27th March

Time: 7pm

More information: Debaser

Sarah MacDougall

Swedish Canadian singer songwriter brings her original folk/indie sound to Malmö

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Bakfickan

Date: 1st April

Time: 9pm

More information: Sarah MacDougall

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SPORT

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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