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WHAT’S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in October

UPDATED: Here's our list of events geared towards English speakers taking place across Sweden during October. If you have any that you'd like us to add – whether it's language exchanges or social meetups to mourn Brexit – please let us know.

WHAT'S ON: Events for English-speakers in Sweden in October
Go and see Anna Tedestam's 'The Last Party' during Stockholm Craft Week. Photo: Anna Tedestam/Stockholm Craft Week


Stockholm Craft Week

Where: Stockholm and Värmdö

When: October 3rd-6th

Event by: Stockholm Craft Week

Experience Swedish contemporary crafts during Stockholm Craft Week. For four days, Stockholm and neighbouring Värmdö will be filled with events, seminars and exhibitions. Private and public galleries, museums and studios will open their doors to highlight the exceptional and multifaceted art.

Dedication of White Boats Holocaust Memorial Monument

Where: Northern Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Chapel Road 1-3, Solna. Directions: Bus 515 from Odenplan to Linvävartorpet, then less than 100 metres to the cemetery.

When: October 6th, 10am

All are welcome to attend the dedication of the Memorial Monument in memory of those who came to Sweden with the White Boats in June-July 1945, and who died shortly thereafter. Rabbi Ute Steyer from the Jewish congregation in Stockholm; Victoria Martínez, researcher and secretary-general of the Swedish Holocaust Memorial Association; and Roman Wasserman Wroblewski, son of a Holocaust survivor and initiator of the monument, will lead the ceremony, followed by a guided tour of the individual graves, where the victims' fates during the Holocaust will be described. For background, read this (in English).

Brexit Q&A Town Hall Meeting

Where: 7A Odenplan, Norrtullsgatan 6, Norrmalm

When: October 7th, 5.30-7pm

Event by: The British Embassy

The British Embassy and their counterparts in the Swedish government are hosting a town hall meeting for British nationals in Sweden. There will be a briefing about Brexit followed by a Q&A session. Admission is free, but places are limited so it is required to sign up beforehand.

The 9th International Stockholm Burlesque Festival

Where and when: First show (seated theatre show): Friday October 11th, 8pm (doors open 7pm), Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1. Second show: Saturday October 12th, 8pm-2am, Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

Event by: Bichard Studios: Fräulein Frauke & John-Paul Bichard

Sweden's biggest burlesque event is in its ninth year! A glamorous feast of normbreaking, extravagant, feministic stage art in burlesque, cabaret, circus, live music, boylesque and drag together with parties, workshops and charity gala Octbooberfest – Tasseltwirl Championship by the “creme de la creme” of international burlesque artists from 16 countries and four continents.

Engaged Journalism in Sweden: Listening and Co-creating with Readers

Where: The Park Södra, Magnus Ladulåsgatan 3

When: October 16th, 3-6pm

Event by: The Local

The Local would like to invite journalists, or anyone who wants to learn more about Engaged Journalism, for an afternoon of presentations and discussion about community-driven journalism – and refreshments. We will hear short presentations from six journalists and editors (click here for a full list of speakers) about how they are using engagement to rebuild trust in the media. The event is free but you need to sign up beforehand.


Melting Pot Comedy Night #15

Where: Blå Båten, Hjälmarekajen, Malmö

When: October 3rd, 8pm (doors open 7pm)

Event by: Melting Pot

Stand-up comedy in English with international comedians. The Melting Pot Comedy night is proud to welcome you to our first show in Malmö! With pro comedians and the rising stars of the comedy scene we welcome you to the intimate stage of Blå Båten. Picnic. Bring food and drink; only coffee is sold on board. 

An Introduction to Swedish Workplace Culture

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: October 15th, 4.30-6.30pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub

In this interactive session, Federica Viero from The Intercultural Lab will address the difficulties newcomers typically stumble upon when dealing with the Swedish workplace culture, initially as job-seekers and then as employees, by discussing four major topics – leadership style, teamwork, equality and communication habits.

An Introduction to the Swedish Job Market

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: October 17th, 1.30-2.30pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub

Miguel Salvador from EURES will introduce you to the basics of job searching in Sweden. He will explain the process and tell more about the tools available that may lead you to finding a job or a network that will result in gainful employment.

Learn about the Swedish Tax System 

Where: Ekska Huset, Sankt Petri Kyrkogata 4, Lund

When: October 23rd, 1-2pm

Event by: International Citizen Hub

The taxes paid in Sweden cover a number of services and benefits that are unique to living in Sweden. The tax agency also provides other services such as executing Swedish identity cards as well as registering new businesses. At this event, a tax information officer will talk about these services and answer questions. Just keep in mind that he may not be able to get into details. 


Brexit WTF! At GEST, Kulturnatta

Where: GEST, Chapmans Torg 10

When: October 25th, 7-8.30pm

Gothenburg English Studio Theatre (GEST) presents Brexit WTF! Rehearsed readings from a divided nation. The scripts, written by some of the UK's most well-known playwrights, including James Graham, Stacey Gregg and Charlene James, explore the temperature of the country and reveal individual stories in a divided Britain. Followed by an after-show discussion with the actors about the readings and all things Brexit.

The event takes place on Gothenburg's Culture Night (Kulturnatta). Click here for more information.


Buddy Programme 20 Years – Jubilee and Alumni Weekend

Where: Umeå University

When: October 18th-19th

Event by: Buddy Programme, Umeå University International Office

It's 20 years since the International Office started the Buddy Programme at Umeå University – a multicultural community now engaging hundreds of international and domestic students. Were you part of the Buddy Programme during your studies? Come celebrate a jubilee weekend. To join, sign up by October 10th.

Growth Week Umeå 

Where: House Be, Umeå 

When: October 14th-16th

Event by: Iter8

Growth Week is a free event with keynotes, seminars, workshops and world-class masterclasses from the best in Europe to empower doers, innovators and trendsetters. Discover the latest techniques and strategies in digital, data-driven marketing, and start growing your business rapidly and sustainably.

Do you know of any events for English speakers taking place in Sweden in November? Click HERE to submit them to The Local's next what's on guide. Please submit your events before the end of October to increase the chances of inclusion.

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