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Four don’t-miss festivals in Sweden this week

Four don't-miss festivals in Sweden this week
Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. Photo: Stockholm Öl & Vin AB
Arab cinema, Gay Pride, out-of-the-box art, whisky and craft beer – what more could a person in Sweden possibly need?

Stockholm Fringe Festival

Stockholm Fringe Festival (Stoff) kicks off on Wednesday next week for a six-day festival where local and international artists will take the stage to present their material, focusing on “out-of-the-box and alternative works”. Shows in English include Austrian performer Thomas Weilharter's 'Praise thy Lord' which describes itself as “a show about how to f***ing praise thy money-spending habits”; 'Hear Much//Say Little' by Irish artist Amanda Doherty about the “government's ownership of the female body”; and 'Piss Drone/Drone Piss', a piece on “public bathrooms as queer spaces” performed by Polish and Swedish artists. That's just a few of the shows on offer, so check out the festival's website for information about more performances and tickets.

When: October 5th-10th ('Hear Much//Say Little', October 5th; 'Praise thy Lord', October 5th, 6th; 'Piss Drone/Drone Piss', October 5th, 7th) 

Where: Various venues around Stockholm

Malmö Arab Film Festival

The Malmö Arab Film Festival claims to be the largest film festival on Arab cinema in Europe. In its sixth year running, it will be curtains up on Friday in southern Sweden's biggest city. Around 120 feature films, short films and documentaries are set to be screened and visitors will have a chance to mingle with actors, directors and producers. See the website for information about tickets (in English). 

When: September 30th-October 5th

Where: Various locations in Malmö

Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

Craft brewers and whisky connoisseurs will all head to Nacka Strand in Stockhom this weekend for the city's major Beer and Whisky Festival. The Local spoke to the Kiwi co-founder of one of the beer brands having a stall at the event earlier this week. A number of tasting sessions, whisky classes and competitions are also on offer this weekend and next.

When: September 29th-October 1st (and back for another round the following weekend)

Where: Nackastrandsmässan, Nacka Strand, Stockholm

Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. Photo: Stockholm Öl & Vin AB

Umeå Pride Festival

It is time to celebrate Pride in Umeå in northern Sweden. How does talks about Lesbian Christian missionaires in early 20th century northern Sweden, Sami queer activism, or drop-in weddings sound? The big don't-miss events include the Pride Parade on Saturday and the Pride Party in the evening (complete with DJ and a feminist post-punk band). Here's the website (scroll down the page for information in English).

When: September 29th-October 2nd

Where: Umeå

A rainbow Pride flag. Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson/imagebank.sweden.se


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