What’s on in Sweden: September 26 – October 2

What's on in Sweden: September 26th - October 2nd. Vintage clothes fair, New Model Army & Aussie comedy in Stockholm; International book fair & NHL hockey stars in Gothenburg; The Lemonheads and funky swamp rock in Malmö.

What's on in Sweden: September 26 - October 2
M. Grefferat/Plus de Deux, Vintage clothes fair, Lemonheads


Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival

The Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival continues this weekend.

Regarded as the world’s biggest and most highly reputed whisky festival and among the top three beer festivals, over 500 national and international beers, ciders and whiskies are on show for your perusal.

Activities include expert seminars, tastings, awards and a lively entertainment line-up. Please note, the minimum age for entrance is 20.

Price: 190 kronor, which includes a glass of tasting beer and ‘beer school’!

Location: Factory, Nacka Strand, Augustendalstorget 6

Time: 18th-20th & 25th-27th September, 3pm


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New Model Army (UK)

The rock band named after the English revolutionary army of Oliver Cromwell come to Stockholm’s Debaser on Saturday.

The band attained cult status in anti-US imperialism circles with its rendition of “51st state” and many of the band’s songs are peppered with humanitarian and political messages while managing to retain their poetic value.

New Model Army were formed in the early eighties and released their tenth studio album “High” in 2007.

Location: Debaser Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1

Time: Saturday September 28th, 7 pm

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Bakåt:Framåt – Vintage clothing fair

What was once known as “second-hand” is now known as “vintage” and 40 retailers will converge on Stockholm to display their wears this weekend at Bakåt:Framåt (literally Backwards:Forwards), Sweden’s first vintage clothing trade fair.

So all you nostalgia fashionistas get on down to Enskilda Galleriet on Kungsholmen to complete your retro wardrobes in time for the autumn.

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Enskilda Galleriet, Kronobergsgatan

Time: Friday September 26th – 27th

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Kransky Sisters (AUS)

After seeing this show your own family will seem like the Cosbys!

The macabre, absurd and very, very funny Kransky Sisters will be bringing their brand of Aussie entertainment to Södra Teatern on Friday.

From the small backwater town of Esk in Queensland the trio relate stories from their unconventional Christian upbringing liberally enlivened by homemade renditions of their musical favourites from “the wireless”.

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1-3

Time: Friday September 26th, 8pm


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Gothenburg International Book fair

The Gothenburg international book fair is the best place to go to get an overview of the literature in the Scandinavian countries. It is a also a chance to see and meet many of the world’s most prominent intellectuals who converge on Sweden’s second city to discuss, debate and voice their opinions. Oh, and sell the odd book.

Latvia will be the focus of this year’s fair with an extensive programme of music, art and photography from Sweden’s Baltic neighbour at the forefront of the events in the city.

The seminar program will feature voices from Romania to India and 60 of the 442 seminars will have an international linguistic profile.

Location: Swedish Exhibition Centre, Mässans gata

Time: Thursday September 25th – Sunday September 28th

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Frölunda Indians vs Ottowa Senators

The west coast Indians take on the NHL’s Ottowa Senators in a bonus match at Scandinavium for all those hockey fans suffering withdrawals in the close season.

It is sure to be a huge hockey party as the warm up to the new hockey season begins in earnest.

Price: 280-500 kronor

Location: Scandinavium, Vallhallagatan 1

Time: Thursday, October 2nd, 7pm


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Plus-de-deux with 5 actions – Franco-Swedish dance

Plus-de-deux is a Swedish-French cooperation and is at the heart of Friday’s music and dance entertainment at Pustervik Theatre.

“5 actions” is the name of work by Jeanette Langert together the Cullberg Ballet dancer Åsa Lundvik Gustafsson and composer Ivo Nilsson.

The audience will also be treated to a new composition from Benjamin de la Fuente and two solo pieces performed by Amund Sveen and Yi-Ping Yang.

Price: From 100 kronor

Location: Pustervik Theatre, Järntorgsgatan 12

Time: Friday September 26th


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Kiss – The Exhibition

A complete exhibition about the celebrated rock band Kiss. The exhibition takes you on a trip through the band’s career which began in New York in the beginning of the 1970s.

There are gold discs, photos and garish scene costumes galore in the exhibition organised by Swedish collector Alexander Johansson.

Price: 50 kronor, 30 kronor for those under 11

Location: Frölunda Kulturhus, Valthornsgatan

Time: Thursday September 25th – Monday September 29th

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The Lemonheads (US)

US indie band The Lemonheads play Malmö’s KB on Sunday.

The son of a Boston lawyer and a photo model Evan Dando has, despite his priveleged upbringing, managed to establish his band and gain the respect of true indie aficionados the world over.

The band, which made its breakthrough in 1992 with “It’s a Shame About Ray”, re-formed in 2006 and released their first album for 10 years.

The band is much more than mere nostalgia however and Dando, as the band’s only ever-present member, aims to continue their musical journey.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget (KB), Bergsgatan 18

Time: Sunday September 28th, 9pm

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Tony Joe White

Louisiana swamp rock funkster Tony Joe White comes to Sweden and Malmö’s KB on Monday.

White’s career began in 1969 with “Polk Sallad Annie” and in May 2008 he released his 21st album “Deep Cuts”.

Tony Joe White has composed music and songs for the likes of Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker.

Price: 340 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget (KB), Bergsgatan 18

Time: Monday September 29th, 9pm

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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.