A rainbow of colours is set to explode in the central Swedish town of Jönköping this weekend, when thousands of runners hit the street to take part in The Color Run. Known as the happiest five kilometre race on the planet, the technicolour race started in the United States in 2011 and has travelled around the world since, with more than a hundred global events and a million participants last year.
The Color Run is not timed and there are only two rules: you must wear white when you turn up at the starting line and not be afraid to have your outfit ruined, as colour powder paint is thrown at participants as they run past. The event will also head to Stockholm, Malmö, Gävle, Göteborg, Lund and Uppsala later this summer, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.
Swedish soft pop artist Jens Lekman kicks off his tour of rural parts of his native country this weekend, with the series of performances starting in Fengersfors near Åmål in west-central Sweden. He became known to the wider public more than a decade ago when his single 'Maple Leaves' quickly spread via the internet in 2003 – followed by acclaimed debut album 'When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog' – and has since gained a loyal following worldwide. This is a rare opportunity to see him perform on home turf and there are still tickets left to snap up for some of the gigs if you hurry.
Here's another great gig. The voice of British electronic music group Ladytron is starting her new tour in Stockholm on Tuesday, May 12th. Helen Marnie founded the Liverpudlian band in 1999 with Daniel Hunt, Reuben Wu and Mira Aroyo and climbed to international fame with hits such as Seventeen, Playgirl, Destroy Everything You Touch and Ghosts. Marnie's pop has been described as "witchier and mythier" than Ladytron's music and she is sure to go down a storm when she takes the stage at the trendy Debaser Strand club at 8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm).
A new exhibition about Sweden's role after the Second World War opens on Friday, May 8th, in Malmö. Seven decades after the war ended, the exhibition 'In the Shadow of the War' ('I skuggan av kriget') tells the story of how Malmö Museum was turned into a refugee centre to accept refugees arriving on the Red Cross' white buses. Visitors will be able to see some of the paintings drawn by Polish artists Jadwiga Simon-Pietkiewicz and Maja Berezowska during their time in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
Check out our interactive calendar below for more tips on what to see and do in Sweden this week.