Five ways to discover something new in Sweden

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Five ways to discover something new in Sweden
Frank Zappa's symphonic works will be performed in Malmö this weekend. Photo: Anonymous/AP

Grey weather and darker days have you stuck in a rut? This handy list of five ways to discover something new in Sweden at the weekend may be just the solution!


Learn to love short films in Uppsala

Love films but struggle to sit through three hour long superhero epics? The Uppsala International Short Film Festival could be for you. Now in its 35th year, it’s considered Sweden’s premier event for the short film format, and has a strong international reputation.

Taking place in four movie theatres in the university city’s cinema district, screenings feature a minimum of four short films and a maximum of eight, with a total length of around 90 minutes. There will also be talks from filmmakers, concerts and even parties to enjoy. With more than 300 short films from over 50 different countries due to be shown in 2016, there’s likely to be something for everyone.

The festival runs from October 24th – 30th. More information and tickets are available here.

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Posted by Uppsala International Short Film Festival on Monday, 17 October 2016

Discover the genius of Frank Zappa’s orchestral work in Malmö

Many people only know Frank Zappa as a satirist and rock musician, but the American was also one of the 20th century’s great composers, combining the dissonance of Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varese with his own patented melodies and rhythmic complexity to create a truly unique sound.

This autumn the Malmö Symphony Orchestra will perform a range of Zappa’s symphonic works combined with selected works of Stravinsky at the Malmö Live concert hall. French guitarist Frédéric Maurin will also join them for a section of combined orchestral and guitar improvisation in the Zappa mould.

The concert takes place on Saturday, October 22nd. Tickets and information can be found here.

Don’t let the face fool you, Frank Zappa was a serious composer. Photo: Vidar Ruud/NTB Scanpix

Jump into Jazz at Gothenburg Art Sounds

Jazz can be an intimidating prospect for newcomers to the genre, but the 30th anniversary performance from France’s Orchestre National de Jazz at Gothenburg Art Sounds festival this Friday is a perfect way to test the water, with the ensemble set to weave its way through easily recognizable pop music to complex free jazz.

The group mixes modern electric instruments like the guitar and keyboard with strings (violin, viola) woodwind (clarinet, saxophone) and more. With 30 years worth of experience they’re understandably highly skilled at what they do, and definitely worth seeing.

The Orchestre National de Jazz play the Nefertiti Jazz Club on Friday, October 21st. Tickets can be bought here.

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Posted by Orchestre National de Jazz Olivier Benoit on Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Experience Opera and Circus combined in Stockholm

Opera is a tough nut to crack for some, so why not make the pill easier to swallow with a dash of the circus?

Satyagraha by composer Philip Glass is inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi, and in a production fitting of an extraordinary figure in history, the first Swedish performance of the work will focus on an unusual combination of opera singers and circus artists in the same space.

The event at Stockholm’s Folkoperan will be directed by Tilde Björfors from Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör – considered one of Scandinavia’s leading performing circus companies – and promises to “suspend space and time”.

Anyone who feels like suspending their opera skepticism and seeing what that means in the flesh can find out more here.

A death-defying scene from Satyagraha. Photo: Markus Gårder

Take a sneak peak at the dream world in Umeå’s newest exhibition

Readers and visitors in northern Sweden alike won’t want to miss the preview of artist Pierre Åhrén’s new exhibition at Umeå’s Tráhppie culture centre this Saturday. The self-taught painter of Sami heritage says he aims to “paint dreams and thoughts spontaneously and in the moment”, and the proof is in his work, which is marked by its bright colours and surreal-looking faces.

The paintings, inspired by world music and indigenous peoples from across the world, can be previewed for two hours between 12 and 2pm on Saturday, before they are locked away ahead of the official opening of the exhibition on November 25th.

If you plan on taking a look, register here.

Pierre Åhrén and some of his work. Photo: Visit Umeå

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