What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21

What's on in Sweden: Canadian improv theatre and Morrissey in Stockholm; Funk veterans and Basketball Festival in Gothenburg; Brandy in Malmö

What's on in Sweden: May 15 - 21
Crumbs, Brandy (Nino Munoz), Stonefunkers (Kari Jantzen)


Crumbs – Canadian improv comedy theatre

Stockholm’s Improvisation Theatre this weekend welcomes the Canadian group Crumbs for their first visit to Sweden.

Stephen Sim & Lee White are here to perform “Crumbs Classic” – an improvised show that the duo have been touring across Canada and Europe for several years now.

Crumbs Classic is a multi-layered story with multiple characters in a very laid back style that exudes the relaxed and ease in which Crumbs is known for.

Price: 120 kronor

Time: Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th, 7pm

Tickets: Crumbs tickets

Location: Stockholms Improvisationsteater, Sigtunagatan 12

More information: Crumbs at Stockholm’s Improvisation Theatre

Steven Patrick Morrissey turns 50

The Smiths legend is set to turn a half century next Friday and Södra Teatern thought it only right and just that the man deserves a party in his honour – well in actual fact they do it every year, but this one is extra special!

Alas the man himself is otherwise engaged but consider this a warm up for all those Smiths/Morrissey die-hards who quite frankly can not get enough of the strange ways and lovelorn tales of this Manchester crooner.

Price: Free entry

Time: Wednesday May 20th, 7pm

Location: Södra Bar, Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg 1-3

More information: Morrissey turns 50! at Södra Teatern

Urban Connection – Street Dance Festival

Street culture is the starting point of the “Urban Connection” festival which comes to a glittering climax this weekend. Meet some of the best and hottest dancers from Sweden and abroad in shows, battles and workshops.

Friday’s program begins at 3pm with workshops with JR BOOGALO (USA) and AMINATA (Fr) followed (on the main stage) by Big Up! featuring Emilie Sudre (Fr), Ätä (Fi) and STREETSTAR (Swe) and HIP HOP NIGHT.

Saturday’s features panel discussions, and then on the main stage, BATTLE NIGHT – hip hop. popping, locking… and a closing party.

Price: 200 kronor (Concessions available)

Time: Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 14

More information: Urban Connection

Kidz Market – buy, sell, exchange

There are those that do and those that don’t – clothe their kids in second hand. In recent years the practice has become decreasingly stigmatized and in fact possibly even de rigeur.

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the Kidz market in Solna this weekend could be a useful little outing – if only for the sake of the environment.

Buy, sell and exchange new and used items for your offspring as well as entertain them with clown shows, face painting and child-sized fashion show.

Price: Free entry – shop till you drop

Time: Saturday May 16th & Sunday May 17th, 11am – 4pm

Location: Solnahallen, Ankdammsgatan 46 – T Solna C

More information: Kidz market

University College of Arts, Crafts and Design – Spring Exhibition

The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design is sure to attract a broader crowd than usual for their spring exhibition of students’ work as the dust settles after a controversial spring.

While Nug’s notorious graffiti piece on the Stockholm metro will not be there for your perusal, Anna Odell’s fake psychosis, that incurred the wrath of, among others, the culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth in January, will.

Several other works have been given the all clear by the college’s lawyers – take a trip out to Telefonplan and see what all the fuss was about.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until Sunday May 24th, 12pm – 7pm (Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 4pm)

Location: University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, LM Ericssons väg 14

More information: Konstfack Spring Exhibition



Gotheburg-based funk/soul/rap group were big in the 1990s and May 2009 sees them launch an unexpected comeback.

“Back in Business” they claim, back on stage they are – judge for yourself if M-Rock, ADL, Top-Steen, Conan, Cheezo, Davono, Storm, Gonzo, Jean Louis & Fronkpack still have what it takes.

Price: 225 kronor

Time: Thursday May 21th, 8pm

Tickets: Stonefunkers Tickets

Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13

More information: Musikens Rugby Sweden

Gothenburg Basketball Festival

Gothenburg’s Basketball Festival opens next week.

The festival is the largest youth tournament in Europe and pits 7000 participants from 500 teams against each other. 1,300 matches are on offer over the four-day tournament in 30 arenas across Gothenburg.

Time: Thursday May 21st – Sunday May 24th

Location: Gothenburg Basketball Festival Program

More information: Gothenburg Basketball Festival

LGBT Festival 2009

Gothenburg’s HomoBiTrans festival 2009 continues this weekend.

20 arenas with more than 100 events encompassing music, dance, theatre, debate, film, exhibitions and parties all tailormade for the rainbow crowd.

Rosa Löften, “Musical goes gay” and “Transfashion – a revealing journey through design and the LGBT world” are just some of the highlights.

Time: Thursday May 14th – 17th

Location: Locations across Gothenburg

More information: LGBT Festival


Brandy (US)

US pop superstar Brandy comes to Sweden and Malmö’s KB on Saturday.

Brandy made a splash back in 1994 with her self-titled debut album featuring hits such as “I wanna be down” and “Baby”. Three years later the follow up “Never Say Never” established her as a major popular artist with 14 million copies sold to date.

Brandy is in these parts to promote her fifth Album “Human” which a mixture of her new sound and classic soul.

Price: 400 kronor

Time: Saturday May 16th,

Tickets: Brandy Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Brandy

Matthew Feyld at Krets

The Canadian artist Matthew Feyld shows his humorous contemporary art for the first time in Europe at Krets in Malmö.

Feyld uses his work to present daily scenes with an abstract yet familiar humour. He has previously exhibited his work at Cinders in Brooklyn and at the Giant Robot in San Francisco.

Krets is a newly opened gallery that aims to promote contemporary art which struggles to find exposure in the more established, mainstream arenas.

Price: Free entry

Time: Until June 7th

Location: Krets, Kristianstadsgatan 16

More information: Galleri Krets

Rejoice gospel choir

The Rejoice Gospel choir is one of Sweden’s foremost gospel choirs and will be raising the roof in Malmö’s Caroli Church on this Sunday.

Price: 80 kronor

Time: Sunday May 19th, 7pm

Tickets: On the door

Location: Caroli Church, Östergatan/Kattsundsgatan

More Information: Rejoice Gospel Choir

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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.