What’s on in Sweden: August 28 – September 3

What's on in Sweden: International comedy & classical music festivals in Stockholm; Aero show & international athletics in Gothenburg; Dinosaur Jr in Malmö.


Stockholm International Comedy Festival ’09

Sweden’s first international comedy festival takes place in Stockholm this weekend – stand-up, performance, vaudeville and other hilarities will be performed on seven stages over the three days of the laughter fest.

The festival unites the best comedic talents from Scandinavia with some edgy physical performers from the USA, New Zealand and Italy.

Bill Burr, Jessica Kirson, Jason Anders, Marina Franklin, Al Pitcher and Ennio Marchetto will be among the acts on offer.

Price: 100 kronor per show

Time: Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th

Tickets: Stockholm Comedy Festival Tickets

Location: Södra Teatern, Norra Brunn, Rival, Boulevardteatern

More information: Stockholm International Comedy Festival ’09

Baltic Sea festival 2009

The Baltic Sea Festival 2009 will take place from August 28th to September 3rd. You can look forward to a week filled with classical music, exciting first performances, fantastic concerts and much more.

Some of the world’s most sought after soloists and conductors will join us this summer; Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Peter Dijkstra, Leila Josefowicz and many others.

Price: From 145 kronor per concert

Time: Friday August 28th – Thursday September 3rd

Tickets: Baltic Sea Festival Tickets

Location: Berwaldhallen, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3

More information: Baltic Sea Festival


One of the last of the summer’s festivals, Popaganda, takes place at Eriksdalsbadet this weekend.

US band MGMT head line up which also features Camera Obscura (UK), Steve Aoki (US), The Teenagers (FR/UK), Swedish starlet Lykke Li and many, many more.

Remember – leave your umbrella at home…

Price: 500 kronor for the two-day festival pass

Time: Friday August 28th & Saturday August 29th

Tickets: Popaganda Festival Tickets

Location: Eriksdalsbadet, Skanstull

More information: Popaganda Festival

The Head Quarter – Queer première

The Head Quarter is a bar. That is also a stage. That is also a gallery. A bar where you, without a deep pocket but with boundless visions, can go to when you want to have a beer or some food. With a stage and a gallery where you always can expect something you didn’t expect.

The Head Quarter is for you who is an activist, artist, musician, producer, party promoter, poet, movie-maker, shaker, debater, author, publisher, editor, part of an association, collective member, organizer, or you with a vision about a space where your dreams can come true,starting this weekend.

While the HQ opens on Thursday Friday promises LAJV with a line up featuring Frida Selander, Howdie Ho, Andy Candy and many more.

Price: 30 kronor

Time: Friday August 28th, 7pm

Location: Närkesgatan 8

More information: The Head Quarter in English


Gothenburg Aero Show

The Gothenburg Aero show is the largest of its kind in Sweden and promises a daring day out for the whole family.

The Team 60, Spitfires, “the Red Baron”, Gripen, incredible aerobatics and much more…

Price: 200 kronor for a two-day ticket, discounts for kids and families.

Time: Saturday August 29th – Sunday August 30th, 9am-6pm

Tickets: Gothenburg Aero Show Tickets

Location: Aeroseum, Gothenburg

More information: Gothenburg Aero Show

Finnkamp – International athletics

Finnkampen – as all sporting meetings between Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland are dubbed – perhaps never gets bigger than in the sport of track and field athletics.

The event dates back to 1925. Sweden’s women have claimed the last eight for the, while the Finnish men have won seven times since 2002.

The Swedish team is decimated this year with a slew of its top stars on the treatment table. But from a spectator’s point of view it is the “kamp” that is the attraction and that is sure to be as intense as ever.

Price: From 100 kronor

Time: August 29th & August 30th

Tickets: Finnkampen Tickets

Location: Ullevi Stadium

More information: Finnkampen


Dinosaur Jr (US)

US rockers Dinosaur Jr come to Malmö’s KB this weekend.

Their ninth studio album “Farm” was released at the end of June to storming reviews.

Price: 300 kronor

Time: Friday August 28th, 8pm

Tickets: Dinosaur Jr Tickets

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

More information: Dinosaur Jr at Kulturboloaget

Lou Clayton

The Southern Kitchen Cafe is a small bolthole of the deep south in Malmö. The cafe offers wholesome food like ‘ya momma used to make’.

They also put on US inspired music evenings and this Sunday brunch will be accompanied by the piano, evergreens and light jazz of Lou Clayton.

Price: Free with your meal

Time: Sunday August 30th, 11.30am

Location: Southern Kitchen Café, Östra Förstadsgatan 24

More information: Southern Kitchen Café

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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.