What’s On in Sweden: August 13th – 19th

What’s on in Sweden: A Chopin marathon in Stockholm, a Brazilian all-nighter in Gothenburg and Malmö hosts Scandinavia's biggest street dance competition.



World’s largest exhibition of Nordic design.

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Stockholmsmässan

Date: 12th – 15th August

Time: See website

More information: FORMEX

La Clique (UK)

Impossible to describe, impossible to compare! Sexy, dangerous circus, burlesque and trickery.

Price: From 250 kronor

Location: Tyrol, Södra Teatern

Date: Until 18th September

Time: 9pm

More information: Södra Teatern

Chopin Marathon

Swedish Radio celebrates 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth with twelve hours of Chopin!

Price: Free

Location: Grünewaldsalen

Date: 13th August

Time: From 3pm

More information: Konserthuset

Art of the Streets

Open walls, music, workshops and debates. Graffitti, Street Art and Hip Hop Culture inside and outside.

Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern

Date: 13th and 14th August

Time: from 1pm

More information: Art of the Streets

All Time Low (US)

One of the biggest acts in the Emo/Pop-Punk scene.

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 16th August

Time: 7pm

More information: Debaser


Festa Do Brasil

Two dance floors and live acts from Brazil. All proceeds go to children’s projects in Fortaleza, Brazil

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Valand

Date: 13th August

Time: 10pm – 5am

More information: Festa Do Brasil

Juicy Fruits

Kiwi DJs Maya and Vanya take control of the decks at Gothenburgs premier jazz venue

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 14th August

Time: 11pm

More information: Nefertiti

Way Out West

One of Europe’s best urban music festival. An incredible line up of international artists.

Price: 1345 kronor

Location: Slottskogen, Gothenburg.

Date: 12th – 14th August

More information: Way Out West

Culture Party

The culture party continues Gothenburg’s streets. Hundreds of activities for all the family

Location: The streets of Gothenburg

Date: 10th – 15th August

More information: Kulturkalas


Wayne Hancock (US)

The world’s biggest Texas Rockabilly star jumps and jives and the Debaser’s Jive Dive

Price: 90 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 13th August

Time: 11pm

More information: Debaser

Malmö City Horse Show

Horsey fun for all the family. Plus rabbit jumping, dog gymnastics and ponies. But mainly horses.

Price: Free

Location: Ribersborg

Date: 13th – 15th August

More information: Malmö Town

Official Art Form

Scandinavia’s largest street dance competition.

Location: Gustaf Adolfs Torg

Date: 14th August

Time: 3pm

More information: Official Art Form

Seabear (IS)

Island’s leading indie-folk outfit create a magical ambience with banjo and piano.

Price: Free

Location: Pildammsteatern

Date: 15th August

Time: 7pm

More information: Sommar Scen

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Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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