Modern wedding dresses at PUB

Dress above Fifth Avenue
The lifestyle departmentstore PUB lets six swedish designers show their modern version of a wedding dress designed for the Crown Princess Victoria. The dresses will be exhibited at PUB April 30-May 9 and will then be auctioned at the recognized Bukowskis auctioneer in May.

The six designers are:
Anna Holtblad (Anna Holtblad),
Ann-Sofie Back (Ann-Sofie Back, Cheap Monday),
Astrid Olsson (Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair), Image above
Behnaz Aram (Whyred),
Lovisa Burfitt (Burfitt),  Image below
Martin Bergström (Martin Bergström).

Dress below: Burfitt

Swedish Robyn at Popaganda festival

Image: Robyn (middle) and Shout out Louds

Two of Swedens main music names Robyn and Shout out Louds will play at the Popaganda Festival August 27-28 at Eriksdalsbadet. Neon Indians from the US will also play at the festival.

Love Stockholm have already started

Love Stockholm 2010 - the large festival in connection with the Royal Wedding in Stockholm - have already started. Check out the entire list of events on Stockholmtown.

SkyView - nominated innovation of the year

Stockholm SkyView
opened on February 5 this year and has already been recognized internationally by the trade competition Stadium Business Awards. The winner will be announced in Dublin June 17.

The award aims to recognise achievement, innovation, fresh thinking and the leaders in the world of stadium, arena and sports venue management.

Visit Skärgården site in english

Stockholm is built on fourteen islands and the city is actually the start of another amazing collection of islands. The Stockholm Archipelago is a collection of more than 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks with a smooth surface due to the glacial ice sheet thousands of years ago. The landscape is varied, from wild, windswept outer-archipelago skerries, with waves breaking over the rocks to lush inner-archipelago bays where stillness reigns.

Visit Skärgården are the experts on the archipelago and has finally opened their site in english!!!

World attraction opens in one month

There are just few international permanent photomuseums in the world which can show large exhibitions: Forma in Italy, Foam in the Netherlands and ICP in the US. In just one month Stockholm will host a new world photo attraction - Fotografiska! The former custom house by the waterfront has turned into a four story house, 5500 square meters, dedicated to the art of photography.

The list of the inauguration exhibitors are impressive: Annie Leibovitz, Vee Speers, Joel-Peter Witkin and Lennart Nilsson.

Besides having several exhibition halls, Fotografiska also has a shop, bar and a first class restaurant. At Fotografiska Akademin you can develop your photographical skills. Akademin offers courses in photography, digital editing and multimedia to amateurs, semi-professionals as well as to professionals. Fotografiska can also help you organize your conference or event - large and small. The building further hosts Fotografiska Galleriet, a separate gallery that shows and sells contemporary photography.

Jan Broman and Per Broman (image above) are the founders of Fotografiska. The Broman brothers have extensive experience of working in the image/photograph business.An art council together with the executives of Fotografiska are responsible for selecting exhibitions.

Fotografiska opens May 21 

Culture night on saturday

Stockholm Culture Night
 will be an absolutely unique evening, where you can't afford to be tired. The expansive cultural life of Stockholm will be united under one banner. All over the city museums, theaters, galleries, movie theaters and many other cultural locations will be keeping their doors open for you, your family and friends.

The program contains over 300 items and you need "Kulturkortet" (translation: the Culture Card) to participate. Stockholm Culture Night takes place this upcomming saturday, April 24.

Relaunch of Smörgåsbord at Operakällaren

Photo: Operakallaren/Max Plunger

This summer brings with it the relaunch of one of Operakällaren’s all time great success stories: the smorgasbord! The legendary gastronomic traditions of Werner Vögelis and Tore Wretman live on and, after a break of 15 years, it is once again time to lay out the great buffet filled with Swedish delicacies!

Operakällaren’s smorgasbord will be served under the cut-glass chandeliers and ceiling paintings of Café Opera’s historically listed dining room from 19 May, Wednesday – Sunday 13.00-19.00. Price 390 SEK.

Here are some other places in Stockholm that you can eat a typical swedish smörgåsbord:
Solliden på Skansen
Verandan på Grand Hotel
Ulriksdals Wärdshus

R.O.O.M opens at PUB

The popular interior design shop ROOM will reopen at the lifestyle departmentstore PUB. The entire third floor will be dedicated to furniture, fabrics, lamps and accessories. The new store opens on Friday this week.

Swedish and international artists at Love Stockholm 2010

The British singer Paloma Faith will be making her Sweden debut during LOVE Stockholm 2010. Strange Fruit from Australia and tAKiDA, one of Sweden’s most popular bands at the moment will all play during LOVE Stockholm 2010.

LOVE Stockholm 2010 will commence with the inauguration of Sweden’s annual National Day festivities on June 6. The celebration then continues over the following two weeks, culminating with the wedding of HRH Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling on June 19. LOVE Stockholm 2010 will take place at venues throughout the city centre as well as at various locations in the greater Stockholm area. The city will also be specially deco-rated for the two-week period.

Royal Wedding site open

The wedding site on Royal Court has just opened today. Check out the english version here.The wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling will be celebrated from 17-19 June 2010. Keep track with all the latest info on the wedding in the pressroom of Stockholmtown.

Thursday 17 June
Private dinner, Drottningholm Palace
Host: The King and Queen 

Friday 18 June
overnment reception, Stockholm City Hall
Host: The Government
Concert, Stockholm Concert Hall
Host: The Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)

Saturday 19 June
The marriage ceremony in Stockholm Cathedral at 3.30 pm. The ceremony will be followed by a cortège and journey by Royal Barge, the 'Vasaorden'.
Wedding banquet at the Royal Palace, Stockholm
Host: The King and Queen

On the website you can congratulate the couple, find out more about royal weddings, see the program and support the wedding foundation. You can also find out more about Daniel Westling and their new home Haga Palace

Afternoon wedding for Crown princess Victoria

Photo: Sveriges Radio

The official wedding invitation to the marriage between H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling have been sent out. The wedding will take place at Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan) at 15.30 in the afternoon on June 19.

Recreation at Blue Hotel

I woke up feeling like a new person this morning. The reason, i guess, is my visit to Blue Hotel and Blue Hamam on the island of Lidingö just 30 minutes by bus from Stockholm yesterday evening.

Me and some of my colleagues trieed a real turkish hamam treatment including scrub and wash on the special hot marble stone. The Blue Hamam also includes a steam bath, a sauna, a small hot pool, an outdoor jaccuzzi and a sauna by the sea. Part of the hamam experience is Camecan, the oriental lounge where you can rest, drink turkish tea and eat fruits and nuts. We also tried their excellent Meze...

Blue hotel is a family owned business and primary a hotel for meetings and conferences with 60 hotel rooms. They also offer wellness - for instance Yoga, instructed by one of the sons in the family. The other son stands behind the interior. The restaurant area, hotel rooms and the hamam area have recently been renovated. The traditionally 60s environment is still present in the modern, but still cosy atmosphere. The hotel also offers a really interesting wine cellar.

The hotel is looking in to the leisure market, which I personally think is a great idea. I can picture myself taking the regular boat to Blue hotel, enjoy a day in the Hamam, eat, take a walk in the surroundings, do some yoga, stay over night and go back by bus - as a new person...

Rowing competition at Royal Djurgården

On Saturday, May 22, history will be written at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. Inspired by the annual regatta held between the Ivy League universities Harvard and Yale, Swedish schools Lundsberg and Sigtuna are lining up to meet in a rowing race thriller of their own. More about Gant Rowing Race 

Press conference about Love Stockholm festival on thursday


This year June 6th is not only Sweden’s National Day, but also the launch of the
LOVE Stockholm 2010 festivities.

Love Stockholm 2010 is a two-week celebration in conjunction with the Royal Wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling on June 19th.

– LOVE Stockholm 2010 is the City of Stockholm’s way to honor the royal wedding and the Royal couple. For two weeks Stockholm will celebrate love in an event open to all - stockholmers and visitors alike. During the festivities the city offers an exciting program of activities and performances for all ages, says Mr. Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm.

Thursday April 15th at 11.00 am, the City of Stockholm invites you to the City Hall for a press conference to present the event – LOVE Stockholm 2010, June 6th – 19th. 

The press conference will cover, among other things, the following

  • Samples of artists and activities during LOVE Stockholm 2010
  • The most important locations for festivities in and around Stockholm
  • The city’s vision of LOVE Stockholm 2010

Read more about the Love Stockholm 2010 press conference here

New routes from London and Turkey

Two new routes to Stockholm were announced during easter.

Next Jet starts a route from London city to Stockholm-Bromma Airport on August 16

Turkish Airlines low-price concept, Anadolujet, will open a route from Istanbul and Ankara to Stockholm in June.

Annie Lebovitz opens Fotografiska

May 21 marks the first solo exhibition in Sweden of one of the most celebrated photographers of our time. With over 190 photographs, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005 shows iconic images of famous public figures together with personal photographs of Leibovitz’s family and close friends in connection with the opening of Fotografiska.

Vee Speers - The Birthday Party, May 21 to September 5
Joel Peter Witkin - Bodies, May 21 to August 22
Lennart Nilsson - A child is Born, May 21 to September 5

will also be shown at Fotografiska

New budget hotel is ecologic

Low budget and green seems is a unusual combination. But the new budget hotel, Hotell Kungsbron, is both. It opens April 30 on Kungbron/Kungsgatan with 142 rooms and 9 suites. 

The building will be using surplus energy from the passengers of the Central station for heating and cool water from Klara Sjö lake to reduce energy costs.The hotel owner also has the popular STF Fridhemsplan hostel

Stockholm cathedral Storkyrkan during renovation

In just two months this place, Stockholm Cathedral Storkyrkan, will be in the limelight when our Crown Princess Victoria will get married in this church. We got invited by our friends at the church to go behind the scenes at the renovation. I just couldnt miss an opportunity like this... The church is closed until May 2, 2010 due to renovations. The church will then close again before the wedding and open again on the day after the Royal Wedding.

Jepp, this is where HRH Crown Princess Victoria will walk with her husband in two months....

Detailed plaster work on every pillar

Few people have studied the Saint George and the Dragon statue this close before...

Details of the glass paintings

Each of the silver details are being polished. Every detail taken down and restored

Beautiful paintings and rich ornamentations in the church ceiling

The paintings are being washed with dough (dark area before)

Detail of angel...

Well this is not the place to work at if you suffer of virtigo...

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