What’s on in Sweden: October 10 – October 16

What's on in Sweden: October 10th - October 16th. Primal Scream & Martha Wainwright in Stockholm; Culture Night & Leonard Cohen in Gothenburg; Soweto Gospel & provocative performance art in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: October 10 - October 16
Martha Wainwright, Biterfittan at Culture Night (Photo: Klara G), Soweto Gospel


Primal Scream (UK)

Legendary Scottish band Primal Scream visit Stockholm and the stately Berns on Saturday.

The band, headed by former Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, were a key part of the mid-80s indie pop scene. They later moved into a more psychedelic and garage rock sound before blending in a dance music influence for their landmark album Screamadelica in 1991.

The band suffered something of a mid-90s decline but four albums in the 2000s have served to remind a now more discerning public that they remain a force to be reckoned with.

Price: 450 kronor

Location: Berns, Berzelli Park

Time: Saturday October 11th, 9pm


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Martha Wainwright (CAN)

A Canadian singer-songwriter who doesn’t mince her words.

Martha’s self-titled debut album, released in 2005, announced her arrival with a crash and an almighty bang. Her recently released follow up, I know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, continues the heart-on-her-sleeve lyrical approach and has received strong reviews.

Martha has worked with brother Rufus and mother Kate McGarrigle as well as The Who’s Pete Townsend, Antony Hegarty and Snow Patrol on her new album.

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74

Time: Friday October 3rd, 9pm


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Stockholm Open Tennis

The Stockholm Open Tennis tournament comes to a climax at the Royal Tennis Hall this weekend.

The event is recognized to be one of Sweden’s top sporting events and has attracted the likes of Argentina’s world number seven David Nalbandian, Croatia’s Mario Ancic and Wimbledon semi-finalist Rainer Schüttler.

Price: From 115 kronor

Location: Royal Tennis Hall, Lidingövägen 75

Time: Saturday October 4th – 12th


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Time & Place: Los Angeles

The exhibition Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957–1968, which presents 25 artists and architects, enters its second week and is the last in the Time & Place series curated in connection with the 50th anniversary of Moderna Museet.

Sun, surf and smog – three words that throw an explanatory light on the explosive development of art in Los Angeles during a few intense years starting in the late 1950s.

In the shadow of New York, artists such as Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Sam Francis, James Turrell and John Baldessari made works that in their unique visuality inspired generation after generation of artists all over the world.

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen

Time: Saturday October 4th – Sunday January 4th

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Culture Night

The one night of the year when the whole of Gothenburg positively bubbles over with culture and the arts.

Theatres, galleries, churches and stages open their doors for the evening and offer a mix of the high, the low, the big, the small and everything in between. The organizers of the annual festival hope to appeal to both new and old consumers of the arts and promise “to take care of you.”

What’s more – most of the events are free of charge.

Price: 100 kronor for Culture Night festival card

Location: Gothenburg

Time: Friday October 10th

Tickets: Where applicable see individual event

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Leonard Cohen (Can)

The mythical poet Leonard Cohen comes to Gothenburg and Scandinavium on Sunday. Cohen’s thoughtful and reflective embarrassment of musical riches could be just the antidote to finance crunch-recession blues.

Cohen has recently turned 74 but his music is timeless and his performances as spellbinding as ever.

Price: 500 – 725 kronor

Location: Scandinavium, Skånegatan

Time: Sunday October 12th, 7.30pm


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Live Action

A three-day international performance art festival opens on Friday at Gothenburg’s Konsthall. The annual event this year has Finland in focus as it welcomes performance artists from around Europe and beyond.

The theme of Live Action 2008 is “Revolt”, after “L’Homme révolté” by Albert Camus. The spotlight is the importance of the revolt, and to question and remember the Paris and Prague revolts of 1968.

Among the featured artists include US artist Tanya Mars, Italian Nicola Frangione and Northern Ireland’s Brian Connolly.

Price: Free of charge

Location: Gothenburg Konsthall, Götaplatsen

Time: Friday October 10th – 12th

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Soweto Gospel Choir (SA)

A new show from the heart of Africa from the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir has played to full houses across the globe and is sure to do the same in Sweden so a little creativity may be required in getting hold of tickets. Well worth the struggle for one of the most colourful and lively concerts you’re ever likely to see on a grey, windy Malmö night in October.

Location: Malmö Konserthuset

Time: Saturday October 11th, 7.30pm

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Port O’Brien (US)

Californian quintet Port O’Brien come to Malmö’s KB to promote their new critically acclaimed album, All We Could Do Was Sing.

The band plies its trade in the genre that has spawned the likes of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene and their recent musical offers a mix of explosive rock and calmer ballads.

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget (KB), Bergsgatan 18

Time: Saturday October 11th, 10pm

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Lunch Dance

You will be familiar with the old lunch classic Soup and Sandwich and Skåne Dansteater has taken the concept a step further with its popular Lunch Dance performances, back for a new autumn season.

Tuck into your Tuscan bean soup with tomato pesto and watch the dancers and choreographers of the future from the Malmö Academy of Music in a creative meeting with musicians from the department of world music.

Price: 130 kronor including performance, soup, coffee & cake

Location: Skånes Dansteater, Båghallarna, Västra Hamnen

Time: October 7th – 11th & 13th – 17th, 12pm

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Back in Baby’s Arms – Elin Lundgren

100 women, a calm and silent bus journey. 100 women with 100 different expressions of domestic abuse get off the bus and spread out over Gustav Adolf square in central Malmö on a Saturday afternoon in October. Like a silent mute body they are placed among shoppers going about their weekend leisure. Performance art at its most challenging and provocative.

The title Back in Baby’s Arms is from the 1963 Patsy Cline hit and highlights society’s paradoxical apportioning of guilt on the victims of abuse.

The performance by Malmö artist Elin Lindgren deliberately puts the audience in an uncomfortable situation by seizing the public domain. Her work displays a trust in the potential of art as a tool of resistance and for dialogue and few will leave the square to complete their shopping unaffected.

Location: Gustaf Adolf’s square

Time: Saturday October 11th, 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.