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What's on in Sweden: April 23rd - 30th

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What's on in Sweden: April 23rd - 30th
Walpurgis celebrations in Lund, southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/SCANPIX
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Join the Swedes in welcoming the beginning of spring by lighting bonfires in honour of an eighth-century German abbess this weekend. If that sounds too weird to you, there's also plenty of music, dancing and fitness events to ensure your calendar stays jam-packed.

On Saturday, April 25th, Stockholm Culture Night (Kulturnatt Stockholm) is set to roll out the red carpet to culture lovers throughout the city and beyond.

A buffet of art, music and dance is on offer to celebrate Stockholm's cultural diversity, including ballet, DJs, jazz, opera and much more. Over 400 events will be put on between 6pm and midnight and, best of all, they are completely free.

The next day, Kiwis and Aussies are set to saddle up for the Anzac Cup at the Täby race course near Stockholm on the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day in commemoration of the countries' fallen soldiers.

Celebrating a century of Antipodean military history may seem an odd crowd-puller at the Swedish horse races, but Täby Gallop Racing Club has seen visitor numbers surge by 20 percent every year for Anzac Day since it began in 2010. Gates open at noon on Sunday, April 26th, and admission to the track is 50 kronor ($5.76). Free activities for children are also on offer, including Aussie handball and pony rides. Read The Local's interview with the man behind the event here

Meanwhile, Walpurgis ('Valborgsmässoafton' or simply 'Valborg'), one of the biggest nationwide celebrations in Sweden, kicks off on April 30th. It's mostly an excuse for people to come out of hibernation after the long Swedish winter, meet up with members of their community, light a mountainous bonfire and sing and dance.

It is celebrated all over Sweden, so consult your local council's homepage for more information. However, the real action usually occurs in the nation's student towns, Lund in the south and Uppsala in central Sweden, where revellers see in the warmer weather with music, dancing and wild student antics.

Rising Swedish star Love Antell, the former front man of Swedish rock and pop group Florence Valentin, is set to play Debaser Medis on the Södermalm island in Stockholm on April 25th. Saturday's gig on his home turf is the culmination of a nationwide spring tour to promote his latest album, 'Barn av Amerika' ('Child of America'). Doors to the Debaser club open at 7pm and Antell will take the stage at 10.30pm. Tickets to the concert are 175 kronor.

If you're keen to start getting fit in time for summer, or just want to enjoy the beautiful Swedish spring scenery, the nation's biggest organized walk will take place in Borås in south-western Sweden this weekend. The Linneaus March ('Linnémarschen'), welcomes visitors from April 25th-26th to the beautiful Rya Åsar nature reserve at Borås, visited by the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus back in 1746. The Linnaeus March is a member of the international walking organization IML and offers something for the casual stroller as well as the keen walker, with distances ranging from six to 42 kilometres.

Check out our interactive calendar below for more tips on how to spend this week in Sweden

 
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