What’s on in Sweden: July 10 – 16

What's on in Sweden: July 10 - 16
The sort of thing you'll see at Herräng Dance Camp
What's on in Sweden: Jazz Festival & Britney Spears in Stockholm; Deep Purple (UK) in Gothenburg; Bennie Man (JAM) & Bollywood in Malmö.


Stockholm Jazz Fest 2009

The Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of the larger events of the city’s entertainment calender. The festival’s 26th edition opens on July 15th on the picturesque island of Skeppsholmen in the heart of the downtown.

More than 60 artists will be on show over the course of the festival with highlights including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Erykah Badu, Gilberto Gill and Sonny Rollins.

Price: 1,955 kronor for the festival pass or from 445 kronor for a day pass

Time: Wednesday July 15th – Sunday July 19th

Tickets: Stockholm Jazz Fest Tickets

Location: Skeppsholmen

More information: Stockholm Jazz Fest 2009

Maria Bouledagar

Stockholm at this time of the year has a certain Mediterranean feel to it, at least we’d like to think so, and perhaps need to think so, as the winter gloom haunts us around the corner.

And you can’t get any more Mediterranean than boules (pétanque).

Since 1992 boules enthusiasts from across the city have been descending on the hallowed gravelly surface of Mariatorget to polish up their balls and partake in Maria Bouledagar.

The ten day sporting festival ends this weekend with the Leslie Holms Cup and invites all-comers to either take part or simply kick back with a latte and enjoy the action.

Boules are available for use free of charge.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Until Sunday July 12th

Tickets: To enter a competition text 0046 70-8521301

Location: Mariatorget

More information: Maria bouledagar

Country Gala 2009

Skansen’s Country Gala returns for the second year and features special guests all the way from Nashville – Chip Young, James Burton and Charlie McCoy.

The line up is completed by Swedish crooner Martin Stenmark, Sweden’s own country king Mats Rådberg, Grand Ole Opry veteran Kikki Danielsson and many more.

So dust off the ten gallon and go line dancin’ y’all.

Price: 295 kronor

Time: Saturday July 11th, 12pm – 5pm

Tickets: Country Gala 2009 Tickets

Location: Skansen, Djurgården

More information: Country Gala 2009

Britney Spears

US pop singer Britney Spears will be visiting Stockholm this week to perform at Globen on her comeback tour to promote her new album “Circus”.

Spears has had a chequered last few years and will be aiming to prove to her Swedish public that her troubles are behind her and that Britney’s back, alright!

Price: From 695 kronor to 4,500 kronor

Time: Monday July 13th, 7.30pm & Tuesday July 14th, 7.30pm

Tickets: Britney Spears Tickets

Location: Ericsson Globe

More information: Britney Spears at Globen

Herräng dance camp

Herräng Dance Camp, which originally started back in the summer of 1982, is now the leading and most comprehensive dance camp in the world focusing on the African-American swing dance tradition.

For the month of July each year the camp turns the normally quiet Roslagen backwater of Herräng (about 90 minutes north of Stockholm) into a multi-culti jiving, thriving, lindy-hopping, tapping dance extravaganza.

There are beginner weekends and week long courses in a range of disciplines.

Price: Herräng dance camp costs

Time: Until Saturday July 25th

Location: Check in at Folkets Hus in Herräng

More information: Herräng dance camp


Deep Purple (UK)

Together with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple were among the foremost bands on the British hard rock scene in the 1970s.

They were once listed in the Guinness record book as the world’s noisiest band and they will be bringing that brand of “noise” to Gothenburg’s Trädgårdsförening on Wednesday.

Price: From 470 kronor

Time: Wednesday July 15th, 7pm

Tickets: Deep Purple Tickets

Location: Trädgårdsförening, Göteborg

More information: Deep Purple at Trädgårdsföreningen

Gothia Cup

The world’s largest youth football tournament, The Gothia Cup, opens in Gothenburg on Monday with a ceremony at Ullevi.

The Gothia Cup has welcomed over 800,000 youth players from 125 countries over the years. The week long tournament will feature over 1,500 teams and 4,000 matches across the city in a colourful festival of the beautiful game.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Monday July 13th – Saturday July 18th

Tickets: Gothia Cup 2009 opening ceremony tickets

Location: Ullevi and locations across Gothenburg

More information: Gothia Cup 2009


Frida Hyvönen

Mystic northern Swedish singer-songwriter Frida Hyvönen is so important to her home village of Robertsfors in Sweden’s far north, that there are calls for her image to welcome visitors instead of the more conventional “Welcome, please drive carefully” sign.

Hyvönen made her breakthrough with the sublime “Until Death Comes” in 2005. Her third studio album, “Silence is Wild”, released in 2008, has been given a standing ovation by the critics. On Friday she is a guest of Sommarscen Malmö.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Friday July 10th, 7pm

Location: Pildammsteatern, Pildammsparken

More information: Sommarscen Malmö Folkets Park

Drive in Bollywood – Bachna Ae Haseeno

A Bollywood film with all the attributes to which you have become accustomed, in the open air of Enskifteshagen.

Price: Free of charge

Time: Saturday July 11th, 10pm

Location: Enskifteshagen

More information: Sommarscen Malmö

Beenie Man (JAM)

Malmö’s KB presents the self-proclaimed king of dancehall – Jamaica’s Beenie Man.

Price: 275 kronor

Time: Thursday July 16th, 11pm

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Beenie Man at Kulturbolaget

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