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What’s On in Sweden: August 27 – September 2

What’s on in Sweden: Open air Othello in Stockholm, 100 years of flight in Gothenburg, and a huge Beatles concert in Malmö.

STOCKHOLM

Othello

The American Drama Group bring Shakespeare to the grounds of Drottningsholm Castle park. Open air performance that goes ahead, rain or shine.

Price: 200 kronor (110 kronor)

Location: Drottningsholm Slottspark

Date: 27th/28th August

Time: 6pm

More information: American Drama Group

Stockholm Ink Bash

Scandinavia’s best tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts meet to bare their flesh. Three days of tattooed people – A bit like a weekend in Bognor Regis

Price: See website for day/weekend prices

Location: München Bryggeriet

Date: 27th-29th August

Time: See website for programme

More information: Stockholm Ink Bash

The Jamiroquai Tribute

The man with the silly hat and ants in his pants has got himself a Swedish tribute act. Sounds like virtual insanity…

Price: 170 kronor (100 kronor)

Location: Fasching

Date: 27th August

Time: 8pm

More information: Fasching

Stockholm Trialthlon

Swim, cycle, run around Stockholm. Haven’t these people heard of SL?

Location: Gärdet

Date: 29th August

Time: From 8.30am

More information: Stockholm Triathlon

GOTHENBURG

NRJ in the Park

Witness the Sweden’s hottest pop acts live onstage. Including Lazee, Mohombi and Eric Hassle! Names which are probably very exciting if you are a teenager.

Location: Liseberg

Date: 27th August

Time: 7pm

More information: NRJ in the Park

Gothenburg Airshow

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish flight. Historic and modern Swedish aviation on the ground and in the air.

Price: See website for details

Location: Aeroseum

Date: 28th and 29th August

Time: From 9am

More information: Aeroseum

Canned Heat

Legendary 60’s psychedelic Blues band still got it!

Price: 330 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 31st August

Time: 8pm

More information: Nefertiti

Photos from the Swedish Reggae scene

Lotta Andersson’s exhibition plots the Swedsih reggae scene. Opening on Tuesday with live DJ and nibbles.

Price: Free

Location: Musikens Hus

Date: 31st August – 9th Jan

Time: 6pm-8pm

More information: Musikens Hus

MALMÖ

Malmö Festival

Friday is the last day of the Malmö Festival. Fun for all the family: See website for details.

More information: Malmö Festival

Beatles Night with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and guests

The grand finale to the Malmö Festival sees an enormous concert in Malmö’s Stortorget. Star studded line up sing the songs of the Fab Four accompanied by the Fab MSO

Price: Free

Location: Stortorget

Date: 27th August

Time: 7pm

More information: MSO

The Beauty Of Fear – Or The Desperate Search To Learn How To Live

Swedish-Brazilian performance artists ask the existential questions that we dare not ask… through the medium of dance, movement, sound, light and video installation

Price: 160 kronor (95 kronor)

Location: Inkonst

Date: 27th/28th August

Time: 7pm

More information: Inkonst

Canned Heat

Legendary 60’s psychedelic Blues band still got it!

Price: 300 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 1st September

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

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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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