What's on in Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: June 18th – 25th

What's on in Sweden: June 18th - 25th
Sweden's favourite sing-along show, Allsång på Skansen. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
Sweden's most talked-about music event is here, as is an annual festival for fans of the original master of Nordic Noir. That's on top of a holiday that will see even your normally quiet Swedish friends turned into party animals.

Sweden's most popular music festival is not Eurovision. It's the televised sing-along show Allsång på Skansen, which will see thousands of people flock to Stockholm's outdoor museum Skansen every Tuesday for the rest of the summer. 

The season kicks off on Tuesday June 23rd, with one of Sweden's most iconic stars, Carola, performing on stage alongside southern Swedish country singer Hasse Andersson and hip hop fusion band Panetoz.

If you can't make it to Stockholm, watch the show live on SVT from 8pm. And don't forget to impress your Swedish friends by revealing you know that Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw used to host the show just a few years ago. He will also visit the show the week after next, so put that in your diary.

Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw before his Eurovision days. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/SCANPIX

The Volvo Ocean Race will set sail in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Sunday, June 21st, bringing to an end the round-the-world boat race which started in Alicante in October last year. This final leg of the journey will see the competition conclude with an in-port race in the entrance to Gothenburg harbour a week later. By that time the seven boats will have visited 10 ports around the world, covering a total of 39,000 nautical miles. Admission is free. 

Every year, fans of world famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman gather on a small island called Fårö, north of the larger island of Gotland off the east coast of Sweden. This year's 'Bergman Week' kicks off on Monday, June 22nd. Guided tours, music and film showings will be on offer to celebrate the director behind classics such as 'The Seventh Seal' and 'Fanny and Alexander'.

Oh, and of course there's Midsummer's Eve on Friday, when Swedes, as the tradition goes, will gather in large groups to eat raw fish, drink copious amounts of home-made vodka and dance round a big phallus while pretending to be little frogs. Read our handy guide below.

GUIDE: The Local's guide to Midsummer madness

Done? If that hasn't scared you off one of Sweden's biggest holidays, check your local council's website to see what they have put on for you this June 19th. The most traditional celebrations usually take place in the Dalarna region, with folk costumes and all, but there will be events all over the country. Here's what's going on in Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm.

Looking for more things to do in Sweden? Check out our interactive guide below.





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