What's on in Sweden

Five unmissable events in Sweden this week

Five unmissable events in Sweden this week
Sweden's Eurovision hero will be performing in Stockholm. Photo: TT
Eurovision hero Måns Zelmerlöw is performing at Stockholm's most iconic theme park this weekend, while one of Europe's hottest music and tech festivals is making its way to northern Sweden and Malmö is showcasting some of the most talented names on the Nordic theatre circuit.
1. Måns Zelmerlöw's gig in the capital
Swedes are set to go wild for Eurovision star Måns Zelmerlöw on Friday May 29th, as he puts on one of his first gigs since winning the contest in Vienna. After filling his Instagram with photos of himself relaxing with his dogs and performing in his home town Lund this week, the 28-year-old heartthrob will be taking to the stage at the iconic Gröna Lund theme park on Djurgården island in Stockholm as part of the venue's series of summer gigs. Look out for other top international names including Noel Gallagher, Marilyn Manson and Lenny Kravitz in the coming months, as well as homegrown upcoming singer-songwriters Elin Ruth and Edda Magnason. Click here for information on how to buy tickets in English.

Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Photo: TT
2. Umeå's Music Tech Fest
Billed as an international meeting place for musicians, hackers, artists, creators, music lovers and geeks, Music Tech Fest launched in London in 2015 and gets underway in Umeå in northern Sweden on Friday May 29th, following subsequent events in cities including Berlin, Paris and Boston. Since Sweden is the world's biggest exporter of music per capita, organizers are hoping the free, three-day get-together in one of the EU's 2014 Capitals of Culture will inspire future success stories and create some unique performances and networking opportunities. Read more in English on the event's website.

The city of Umeå is a cultural hotspot in Sweden. Photo: Jörgen Wiklund/Image Bank Sweden
3. The Stockholm marathon
Offering one of the most beautiful running routes in the world, the 37th ASICS Stockholm Marathon takes place on Saturday May 30th, when Sweden's capital is set to welcome 21,500 runners from across the globe. This is one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Sweden and hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to cheer on the participants. Make sure you bring a waterproof jacket though as rain is forecast during the race.

The Stockholm marathon in 2014. Photo: TT
4. Malmö's Biennial for Performing Arts
Scenkonst Biennalen in Malmö is already underway and brings together some of the most talked about theatre productions in Scandinavia, including a number of shows in English. Running until Sunday May 31st, performances include Our Class, which follows ten children from a Polish school class from the beginning of the 1930s until the present day, Wild Minds, which is a documentary performance about four people who are possessed by their daydreams and The Deepest Place – a contemporary chamber opera about love, lust and loneliness – performed in Danish with an English synopsis. Click here to read more in English and buy tickets.

Malmö Opera House. Photo: Charlotte T Strömwall
5. Södermalm's first pop-up park
One third of Stockholm is made up of green spaces, but there's a new kid on the block on the island of Södermalm this week. The capital's first free pop-up park is set to spring to life, in hipster hotspot SoFo, to the east of the main shopping street Götgatan. Over the next seven days, Stockholmers will be invited to plant flowers, swap seeds and decorate the new space (named Pallis) with street art. Plus food trucks will be on hand to offer a tasty selection of global street foods between 11am and 4pm, or you can eat in one of the area's numerous cool restaurants and snack spots – our favourites are Gossip, il Caffe and Urban DeliMore information on the new park is available in Swedish on Facebook.

A selection of snacks at permanent SoFo hotspot, Urban Deli. Photo: Tuukka Ervasti/Image Bank Sweden
For more tips on things to see and do across Sweden, check out our interactive table below.

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