Four free events in Sweden this week

Not everything in Sweden has to put a strain on your wallet. Here's our pick of some of the free events this weekend.

Four free events in Sweden this week
Some of these murals are coming to Stockholm. Photo: Julien Nonnon/Urban Safari

1. Look at moving murals

French artist Julien Nonnon is ready to transform Stockholm in all its November darkness into a sparkling show of mural art. The show, called 'Urban Safari', will be on display on select locations throughout the capital on Friday and Saturday. Follow it on social media via #safariurbainsthlm and on location by visiting the places marked on the map

Where: Stockholm, various locations

When: November 25th-26th

Time to light up those dark November nights. Photo: Juliel Nonnon/Urban Safari

2. Talk about literature at Bushwick Book Club

The concept behind Bushwick Book Club was launched in Brooklyn, New York. It invites artists to read out a novel and then create new songs and lyrics based on this. There's no need to read the book in advance, but it is probably good if you have a certain level of Swedish. The book at this meetup in Malmö is Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Café, performed by artists Maja Gödicke and Edward Forslund.

When: November 28th, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Where: Kuben, Malmö Live

Edward Forslund's music.

3. Read an old classic at a book launch

Independent Stockholm-based publisher Novellix has just published its first series in the English language, The British Classics, and is launching it at the English Bookshop on Södermalm tonight. Join them for drinks, nibbles and a chance to mingle with other book lovers.

When: November 24th

Where: The English Bookshop, Södermannagatan 22, Stockholm

4. Raise money for a good Claus

Santa has decided to give up on his reindeer and go for a run in Umeå instead. Hundreds of people are set to dress up in Christmas outfits and put on their jogging shoes for the Santa Run in the northern Swedish town. It's too late to sign up to take part in the race, so grab a saffron bun and watch the four-kilometre run from the sidelines.

When: November 27th

Where: Umeå

A dog taking part in a Santa Run in Greece. Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis



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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).