What’s On in Sweden: December 24th – 30th

What’s on in Sweden: Charles Dickens classic and new circus in Stockholm, Balkan beats in Gothenburg and electronica in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: December 24th - 30th


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ classic tale performed in English

Price: 295 – 375 kronor

Location: Maxim Teater

Date: Until January 8th

Time: See website

More information: A Christmas Carol

Gilito y su Clave (Cuba)

Christmas salsa with the Cuban King of Latin music

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Fasching

Date: December 26th

Time: 9.30pm

More information: Fasching

Wear It Like A Crown

Internationally acclaimed Cirkus Cirkör’s production about wearing your fears and failures with pride

Price: 375 kronor

Location: Södrateatern

Date: December 27th until February 24th

More information: Södrateatern

Christmas Piano Concert

Chopin, Bach and Schumann using both the black and the white keys

Location: Allhelgonakyrkan, Helgalunden

Date: December 30th

Time: 6pm

More information: Chamber Music Society


Balkan Beat Party

Dance in Christmas Day to infectious Balkan beats

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Musikens Hus

Date: December 25th

Time: 9pm

More information: Musikens Hus

Salsa Extravaganza!

Warm up with Salsa moves and rhythm. A few surprises have been promised!

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Henriksberg

Date: December 26th

Time: 8pm

More information: Henriksberg

Love Tip

Bar Kontiki’s annual party to try and clear their cellar for 2010. Roots, Reggae and Lovers Rock

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Kontiki

Date: December 26th

Time: 6pm

More information: Kontiki


Big Boss Borén

Erik Borén plays his record collection. A perfect way to spend Xmas Eve.

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: December 24th

Time: 10pm

More information: Debaser

Electronic Soundclash 2010

A mix of Swedish and International DJs play Inkonst’s Xmas bash

Price: 120/150 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: December 24th

Time: 11pm

More information: Inkonst

Songwriter Showcase

Original acoustic music hosted by Jono Jack (NZ)

Price: Free

Location: Bodoni

Date: December 29th

Time: 8pm

More information: Bodoni

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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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