What’s On August 6th – August 12th

What’s on in Sweden: Horses for courses in Stockholm, a culture party in Gothenburg while Malmö brings on the clowns.


Stockholm Equestrian Games

Fine fillies, stunning stallions and marvellous mares. It’s horses for courses at the Equestrian Games

Price: See website

Location: Ryttarstadion, Östermalm

Date: 5th – 8th August

More information: Stockholm Equestrian Games

The Cult (UK)

Almost 30 years of uncompromising hard rock and The Cult finally get to play at Stockholm’s most famous fairground.

Price: 150 kronor

Location: Stora Scen, Gröna Lund

Date: 6th August

Time: 8pm

More information: Gröna Lund

Leonard Cohen

After a fifteen year break, Cohen started touring again in 2008. On Sunday he returns to Stockholm.

Price: 475 – 895 kronor

Location: Globen

Date: 8th August

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Globe Arenas

Wild Nothing (US)

Virginia band hyped as one of the best psychedelica groups in the world.

Price: Free

Location: Debaser

Date: 12th August

Time: 10pm

More information: Debaser


Dragon Gold Cup

International sailing competition takes place just outside Gothenburg. Sailing on the water, with plenty of ‘after sail’ activities on land.

Location: Marstrand

Date: 5th – 13th August

More information: Dragon Gold Cup

Klubb Riddim Rockerz

Hip Hop and Dancehall on Henriksberg’s panoramic terrace.

Price: 60 kronor (Free before 10pm)

Location: Henriksberg

Date: 6th August

More information: Riddim Rockerz

Gothenburg Culture Party

For 6 days, Gothenburg’s streets and squares will be turned into a party zone for the Göteborg Kulturkalas. Hundreds of events daily.

Location: The streets of Gothenburg

Date: 10th – 15th August

More information: Göteborg Kulturkalas


Michael Jackson Tribute

In life, as in death, Jackson continues to touch people of all ages. Pildammsteatern sees interpretations of the King of Pop’s work from bossanova to harp and poetry

Price: Free

Time: 7pm

Location: Pildammsteatern

Date: 7th August

More information: Michael Jackson Tribute

Clown Festival for Kids

Clowns are taking over Folkets Park with everything from juggling to camel rides

Price: Free

Location: Folkets Park

Date: 7th August

Time: 12 – 5pm

More information: Clown Festival


Oscar winning film shown at Folket Park’s outdoor cinema

Price: Free

Location: Folkets Park

Time: 10pm

Date: 8th August

More information: Sommar Scen Malmö

Grasping the floor with the back of my head

Critically acclaimed Danish dance company which combines performance, acrobatics dance and theatre.

Price: Free

Location: Pildammsteatern

Date: 12th August

Time: 9pm

More information: Sommar Scen

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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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