What’s On in Sweden: April 23rd – 29th

What’s on in Sweden: ANZAC horse racing and Gaelic football in Stockholm, cars and beers in Gothenburg, and Femi Kuti (pictured) in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: April 23rd - 29th


Gaelic football

‘Hand of Gaul’ linesman Stefan Wittberg opens Stockholm Gaels’ first ever match v Gothenburg. The sport Thierry Henry was born to play.

Location: Östermalms P

Date: 24th April

Time: 12.30pm

More information: Stockholm Gaels

Bangers And Mash

No sausage, no spuds, just banging tunes and mash ups for Anglophiles

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Marie Laveau

Date: 23rd April

Time: 10pm

More information: Marie Laveau

Liqourice Festival

600 square metres of liquorice! A chance to taste and buy your favourite type of liquorice. Allsorts welcome.

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Hotel Nortull

Date: 24th and 25th April

Time: 11am – 5pm

More information: Liquorice Festival

Music Is The Weapon

Hard passionate Nigerian Funk

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Södrateatern

Date: 24th April

Time: 10pm

More information: Södrateatern

ANZAC Cup 2010

Kiwis and Australians saddle up for the ANZAC cup. Antipodean horse racing.

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Täby Galopp

Date: 25th April

Time: 1pm

More information: Täby Galopp

Elliott Murphy

The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter on his first solo tour for a decade

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Mosebacke Etablissement

Date: 27th April

Time: 8pm

More information: Mosebacke


The Gothenburg Motor Show

Lots and lots of cars and things to do with cars, all under one roof

Price: 140 kronor / 60 kronor

Location: Svenska Mässan

Date: April 22nd – 25th

Time: See website

More information: Gothenburg Motor Show

Eric Bibb

Born in New York, based in Stockholm, Eric Bibb brings soulful Blues to Nefertiti

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 24th April

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Nefertiti

Beer Festival

… and a glass of dry white wine for the lady

Price: 160 kronor

Location: City Pub

Date: 22nd – 24th April

Time: See website

More information: Gothenburg Beer Festival

The Umbilical Brothers

Dangerously funny Australian duo do GBG

Price: 295 kronor

Location: Storan

Date: 24th and 25th April

Time: 8pm

More information: Storan


Johnny Cash

Photographs of the Man In Black in black and white.

Location: Gate 38

Date: April 22nd – May 29th

More information: Gate 38

International Toy and Figure Show

Jam packed expo of new and retro toys. And yes, there will be Star Wars figures.

Price: 50/20 kronor

Location: Baltiska Hallen

Date:24th and 25th April

Time: 11am – 4pm

More information: Toy and Figure show website

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force

Mix Musik presents a night dedicated to Femi Kuti, bringing the Nigerian star’s music to a new generation

Price: 270 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 26th April


More information: Kulturbolaget

How About You?

Third part in choreographer, Phillippe Blanchard’s trilogy on identity

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 27th and 28th April

Time: 7pm

More information: Inkonst

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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.