What’s on in Sweden: August 22 – 28

What’s on in Sweden: August 22nd – 28th. The Voice of Peace & Salong Giraff in Stockholm; theatre, dance & midnight running in Gothenburg and Eugene Chadbourne in Malmö

What’s on in Sweden: August 22 - 28
Salong Giraff, Les Colporteurs, Bodies Without Organs


Vox Pacis – The Voice of Peace

In a cynical world we need voices of hope. That is the message behind a magnificent musical adventure planned for Stockholm City Hall this weekend. More than 130 artists from around the world will join together in song to meet the “challenge to humanity.”

Vox Pacis is part of a global movement to enhance cultural and religious dialogue. It is also a chance for Stockholm residents and tourists alike to witness Tibetan throat singing, Chinese choirs, Sami joik, Sufi desert song and sacred dance without the discomfort of travel.

The event is accompanied by a week of fringe activities and the ticket price includes entry to the Nobel museum.

Price: 350 kronor/700 kronor for a family ticket

Location: The Blue Hall in Stockholm City Hall

Time: Friday August 22nd & Saturday August 23rd, 8.30pm


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Club Killers featuring Ane Brun, Asha Ali & Titiyo

Roots, ska, dub & reggae. These soulful beats with roots in 1950s Jamaica have perhaps never sounded better than this.

The 15-person house band led by Viktor Brobacke & Gustav Bendt (Moneybrother) will make a late autumn evening on Mosebacke’s panoramic terrace seem like a cold Red Stripe on a golden Caribbean beach.

What’s more they are joined this week by Titiyo, Asha Ali and the dulcet bluegrass tones of Norway’s Ane Brun.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Mosebacke Terrace, Mosebacke torg

Time: Monday August 25th, 6pm

Tickets: Multi Kulti St.Paulsgatan 3, near Slussen

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Salong Giraff

For the third consecutive year Parkteatern in Vitabergsparken plays host to vaudeville theatre and Salong Giraff.

Salong Giraff will this year present a new selection of high and low brow acts scraped from the underbelly of Stockholm’s culture scene and introduced with the acid wit of its infernal anthroposophic compère Robert Fux.

Opera singers, temperamental circus princesses, Finnish strong women, accordion players, naturists and many more…Pack your picnic and get there early.

Price: Free of charge

Location: The Open Air Theatre (Friluftsteatern), Vitabergsparken

Times: Friday August 22nd

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Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival

The Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival is Sweden’s international festival for contemporary dramatic art and is held every other year. Companies from across the globe come to Sweden’s second city to present dance, theatre, dance, new-circus and performance art.

Location: Venues across the city

Time: Friday August 15th – Saturday August 23rd


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Midnight Race

Join the sweaty masses pounding the late evening streets of central Gothenburg on Saturday night. No race has the atmosphere and joviality of the Midnight Race and at 10 kilometres is a reasonable prospect for most.

This very Swedish event started in Stockholm and been running since 1982. So dig out your running shoes and take this chance to lose some of that holiday paunch.

Price: 450 kronor

Location: City centre

Time: Saturday August 23rd, 10pm

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Volvo City Sailing

The highlight of the sailing race season comes to Sweden’s second city on Saturday. Gothenburg stakes a claim to be the country’s maritime capital and here the racing can be seen in the shadow of the magnificent Opera house.

Racing will take place close in to the quayside and is an event for the whole family.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Opera, Christina Nilssons Gata

Time: Saturday August 23rd

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Malmö Festival 2008

The festival reaches its climax on Friday with highlights including Etienne De Crécy (FR), a chance to witness the northern lights, Midnight Cowboy in the film tent, drop-in salsa, The Jayhawks’ Mark Olson (US), Bodies Without Organs and so, so much more…

Price: Free of charge

Location: Venues across the city

Time: Saturday August 15th – August 22nd

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Eugene Chadbourne

Highly eclectic and unconventional Eugene Chadbourne from New York is an American, improviser, guitarist and banjoist. He started out playing rock and roll guitar but his most formative influence may be jazz.

Chadbourne has worked with Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, Jello Biafra, Jim O’Rourke and numerous other artists across the musical genres. On Saturday he brings his blend of sound to Malmö’s Institutet.

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Institutet, Norra Vallgatan 28

Time: Sunday August 23rd, 7pm

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Something for young and old alike. Four percussionists join together for a lively, dynamic performance making use of everyday items and traditional musical instruments alike to produce a mix of Cuban, west African and world rhythms.

No time to sit still – dancing, jumping, singing, clapping and general revelry are the order of the day.

Price: 25 kronor for 3-years-old to the grave

Location: Lilla scen, Folkets Park

Time: Sunday August 24th, 2pm

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Eight corona-safe events not to miss in Germany in October 2020

Despite the coronavirus and restrictions which followed, there are still several socially distanced events taking place around the country. Here are our top picks.

Eight corona-safe events not to miss in Germany in October 2020
One of the displays at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in 2019. Photo: DPA

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted Germany’s events calendar this year, with staple celebrations such as Oktoberfest being cancelled due to safety concerns.

But despite restrictions, organisers have adapted to the circumstances and put together corona-safe events that can be enjoyed by all (albeit at a safe distance).

Here are some of the most exciting events to look out for in October:

German Unity Day Exhibition: September 5th – October 4th

The commemorative exhibition is running over thirty days to allow social distancing to be maintained. Photo: DPA

The Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) is one of the nine nationwide public holidays in Germany and takes place on October 3rd every year. 

It commemorates the formal completion of the reunification process between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after decades of division. 

It is normally celebrated with open air concerts and attractions in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, but due to coronavirus things will look slightly different this year. 

READ ALSO: 10 things you never knew about German Reunification

A special anniversary celebration on October 3rd at Potsdam’s Metropolis will be attended by only 240 guests, six times fewer than originally planned. 

The event, which includes performances from musicians and interviews, will be broadcast for people to watch on television. 

There’s also no need to miss out on celebrating entirely – a special open air exhibition is running in Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, until October 4th. 

The exhibition has been extended to last thirty days to ensure that a safe distance can be maintained amongst visitors. 

Berlin Leuchtet Illuminations: September 25th – October 4th

The light show at the Brandenburg Gate this year celebrates 30 years of German unity. Photo: DPA

It’s not too late to catch the tail end of Berlin’s spectacular illumination festival. As the darker evenings draw in, many of the city’s landmarks are being lit up with colourful projections, videos and laser shows.

The illuminated buildings are scattered all over the city, with some highlights including Gendarmenmarkt, the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Tiergarten. 

It is asked that visitors maintain 1.5 metres distance and the wearing of face masks is recommended. 

Halloween Horror Festival at Movie Park Germany: October 1st – November 8th






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Be warned: this event is most definitely not for the faint hearted! Head to Bottrop on North-Rhine Westphalia to test your wits in the horror mazes at Germany’s most popular Halloween Festival.

Various spooky attractions including gut-churning rides, live entertainment and haunted houses await those brave enough to visit, although most are only suited for those above the age of 16.

The park is open every Thursday to Sunday in October, as well as on November 1st and November 6th – 8th. 

Advance booking is essential due to strict capacity limits, and no costumes are allowed – the only masks permitted this year are the mouth-nose coverings that prevent the spread of the virus!

European Month of Photography: October 1st – October 31st

The European Month of Photography has something to offer for everyone. Photo: DPA

This October sees Germany’s largest photography festival return to Berlin. The event has taken place every other year since 2004, and offers a wide range of exhibitions for photography enthusiasts to enjoy. 

For the whole month of October, 100 galleries, photography schools, museums and other cultural institutions will offer the public a chance to see incredible work from 500 artists across Europe.

Exhibitions can be found all across the capital and also in the nearby city of Potsdam.

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival: August 28th – December 6th 

The festival boasts impressive pumpkin displays and fun-filled activities. Photo: DPA

A trip to Ludwigsburg is an essential for all those in awe of autumn, and makes for a fun day out for the whole family.

This year’s theme is music, with various impressive pumpkin displays paying tribute to famous artists ranging from Elvis to the Rolling Stones.

The programme also boasts an array of other activities: try your hand at pumpkin carving, sample pumpkin flavoured specialties or visit the pumpkin Santa Claus tent to get in the festive mood!

German Mozart Festival Augsburg: October 9th – October 31st






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Classical music fans won’t want to miss this celebration of the two of the greatest composers of all time, Beethoven and Mozart.

The German town of Augsburg, birthplace of Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father), is hosting various concerts to celebrate the life and work of these two classical titans. 

Events range from lower-key chamber music recitals to large-scale renditions of their most impressive symphonies, and includes performances from renowned soloists and orchestras. 

READ ALSO: The show must go on: How German orchestras are continuing concerts amid the pandemic

Games Week Berlin: October 28th – October 30th 

The gaming conference may be online this year, but there is still lots on offer. Photo: DPA

This year’s Games Week won’t be held in Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei as normal, but game lovers need not fear – an extensive online programme is available for everyone to enjoy. 

The festival’s three strands – “Play Experience”, “Pro Experience” and “Art Experience” – offer something for everyone, from gaming enthusiasts to industry creatives. 

Live ‘let’s plays’, multiplayer tournaments, interviews with gaming influencers and game development conferences are just some of the events available to those who purchase an online ticket.  

Wine tasting along the Deutsche Weinstraße – Various dates in October

Despite cancellations, there are still plenty of chances to try some German wine. Photo: DPA

September and October marks grape harvesting season in Germany, meaning it is the perfect time to taste some of the best wines the country has to offer. 

Sadly, many of the wine festivals that usually take place along the German Wine Route have been cancelled this year, but there are still ample opportunities that are too good to miss.

Take a weekend trip to the Bacchus Wine Festival in the town of Bad Dürkheim in Rhineland-Palatinate, where you’ll find live music, delicious food and plenty of wine.

Similar delights await visitors in the nearby Weisenheim am Sand, albeit at reduced capacity. The company BottleStops also offers group and private tours to visitors who want to get a taste of local wineries, a majority which are currently open.