Gotland Runt moves to Stockholm

One of the worlds most prestigeous off shore races - Gotland Runt moves to Stockholm City and changes its name ÅF Off shore Race, Stockholm Round Gotland on July 6th. The race will now be starting from Stockholm, instead of Sandhamn. Tens of thousands of Stockholm residents will now be able to follow the start on 6 July 2011 and every year from now on. The ÅF Offshore Race will comprise two interim stages. The first stage will start in central Stockholm, finishing in Sandhamn. The second stage stretches from Sandhamn, around Gotland, and back.

See a movie about it here

Stockholm Jazz Festival moves to Skansen

Stockholm Jazz Festival moves to Solliden stage at Skansen on Djurgården, a
fter many years at Skeppsholmen. The festival takes place on 17-19 June. The three day pass costs 795 kronor  and a one day pass 595 kronor.

The festival is one of the most established music festivals in Stockholm and has taken place every year on Skeppsholmen island since 1980. The festival is now known as just Stockholm Jazz.

Lucia in Stockholm

December 13 is Lucia Day
in Sweden, when Lucia and her procession, all dressed in white, light up the Swedish winter darkness and kick off the Christmas celebrations.

Photo: Henrik Trygg / Stockholm Visitors Board

New green Stadium is being built in Stockholm

The Stockholmsarenan Stadium
, next to Ericsson Globe, is being built with the goal of becoming one of the world's most sustainable venues. It will open in December 2012 and even now, 51 dates booked in for the event in 2013 at Stockholmsarenan stadium.

The goal is to  be one of the most thought-out arenas of environmental and sustainability point of view. The aim is also to meet international environmental category of the Stockholm stadium, the LEED rating system. With its 30 000 seats, it will meet the capacity requirements of FIFA and UEFA, and with its clear environmental arena becomes a green symbol of Stockholm.

Culture festival starts today!

In August every year the heart of Stockholm pulsates with a vibrant combination of culture and festivities. It’s time for the Cultural Festival of Stockholm! Since its launch in 2006 the festival has quickly become a regular event and a great success among both Stockholm residents and visitors.

With their high quality, easy accessibility, innovation, breadth and variety, the 500 items on the programme attract about 300,000 visits annually.

The city’s streets and squares host a dynamic blend of music and entertainment: world music, jazz, opera, classical music, pop, rock, soul, standup comedy, children & family events, authors, street art, drama, the world’s biggest book table, city walks, film, art, dance,...

Photo: Karin Nilsson/Kulturfestivalen

August and time for Crayfish

Photo: Allt om mat
Swedes must love their food, because all swedish holidays and traditions are connected to some special food. Midsummer has its herring (sill) and August has its Crayfish parties. As a visitor in Stockholm it might be tricky to get invited to a private Crayfish party, but several restaurants offers crayfish the swedish way - salty with a hint of dill...

Other resources
Restaurants: Stockholmtown lists some restaurants that offer crayfish on the menue in August.
Backgroundstory: has a great article on the crayfish party

Sucessfull event weekend in Stockholm

Photo: Micke Sanström/Sonisphere Sthlm

What a weekend! What an August! Stockholm has been burstling with events in every corner of the city this weekend and all the hotels have been fully booked.

Photo: Roland Thunholm/Equestrian Games
Equestrian Games took place at Ryttarstadion in Stockholm during four days, 5-8 of August..

Sprinter rivals Usain Bolt, Asafa Powel and Tyson Gay participated in the large sporting event Diamond League DN Galan (one of the main sporting events) August 6th. Photo: Universal Sports.

Sonisphere Festival heavy metal music festival attracted thousands to Stora Skuggan in the Royal National City Park.

Spelmansfestivalen at the open-air museum Skansen attracted some thousand folk music fans to Stockholm

...And the festivities will continue this week and next with the Culture Festival, Ung 08 and Fashion week.

Events in august

August is somewhat a festival and event month... Check out some suggestions below:

6/8: DN Galan – international Grand Prix athletics,
7/8: Sonisphere Festival,
: Stockholm Culture Festival,
: La Clique, contemporary variety 
12-15/8:  Formex interior design Fair, 
16-18/8: Fashion Week by Berns spring/summer 2011,
26-28/8: Baltic Sea Festival, Classical music, 
27-28/8: Popaganda, music festival,
: Bellmansstafetten, Djurgården, 
28/8- 16/1: Terracotta army in the secret rock galleries, 
29/8: Stockholm Triathlon,

La Clique to Stockholm Culture Festival

Bizarre and Beautiful ... amazing burlesque and unmissable" writes the Sunday Express Olivier Awards in 2009 about La Clique.

La Clique is this year's guest appearances at Stockholm Culture Festival with premiere on the first festival day. The show has toured worldwide and played in sold-out houses with a unique genre - music hall, cabaret and burlesque in one. The Swedish illusionist Carl-Einar Häckner is one of the performers.

The Culture Festival in Stockholm takes place 10-15 August this year. More than 500 shows performed by 250 artists from all over the globe will be crammed into six days. There will be free admission to 99% of the program. Since its launch in 2006 the festival has quickly become a regular event and a great success among both Stockholm residents and visitors. The Stockholm Culture Festival attracts 300 000 visitors every year.

They will perform in Stockholm August 10-15 during the Culture Festival and then later; September 10-19. Don't miss out. Buy your tickets here

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.

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.

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 

Lightfestival on Djurgården

This Saturday, February 26th, a new event will literally see the light - its the première of Djurgårdsljus, a lightfestival on the island of Djurgården. 17 places, among them Liljevalchs, Gröna Lund, Skansen (eyes in the night image below), Vasamuseum, Junibacken and Djurgårdsvägen ("the milky way" image above) will be lit with light installations. The event takes place every day February 26th-March 7. Heres a map with all lightinstallations.

Rock and Metal Festival to Stockholm

The Heavy Metal festival Sonisphere will take place at Stora Skuggan in the National City Park in Stockholm, saturday August 7th 2010.

Classic rock metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper and metal bands such as Heaven & Hell, Iggy & the Stooges, Slayer and Antrax and many more will perform.

Read more about sonispherefestivals

Nobel festivities in Stockholm

Physics and chemistry medals
On December 10, Nobel Day, one of the world’s most prestigious awards will be presented by HM Carl XVI Gustav to a handful of individuals for their exceptional contributions to the world of science, economics, and literature. After the award ceremony int the Concert Hall, the laureates, their families, and other invited guests make their way to the City Hall, where one of Sweden’s most exclusive parties takes place. The 1,300 dinner guests include members of the Royal Family, the Nobel Prize laureates and other outstanding scientists, as well as some of Sweden’s most influential people.

Many people would love to attend the Nobel Prize festivities, but few are priviledged to do so. Tomorrow evening, after work, I will dress up, sipp some champagne and enjoy the festivities on the tv-screen.

One way to breathe in some of the Nobel aura without a formal invitiation is to

Gingerbread house competition and Marzipan boats

The christmas spirit is finally here. Two of my favorite christmas spirit events are now taking place.

The Architecture museums Gingerbread-house competition
"Patterns" (Mönster) is the theme in this years Gingerbread house competition - professionals, amateurs and children are all competing in a challenge of making the best gingerbread house. This year Arkitekturmuseum is working together with the lifestyle store PUB. all 90 houses are on display on the third floor.

A boat with marzipan
Yes, an entire boat filled with all kinds of marzipan has landed in Nybroviken quay just in the city centre. Well this is a total must for any one with marzipan-cravings...

Creative christmasmarkets at Stockholms' designschools
Beckmans Designschool have a christmas market 12-13 december
Konstfacks Christmasmarket takes place this weekend 5-6 december

Love Stockholm 2010

Love Stockholm 2010 is the name of the party starts on Sweden’s national day, June 6, and will continue until the wedding on June 19. More Royal info in our pressroom

Read all about it here

One step closer to a new event arena

The financing of the new Stockholmsarenan in the Stockholm Globe district is ready. AEG Facilities have signed a lease giving them the right to operate the event arena.

Flexibility is key in the new event arena with room for 30 000 during a football game and 40 000 at a concert. The roof will be foldable and the floor with artificial grass which can be changed into floor or ice.

The inauguration will be in 2012

Fire festival in the archipelago and at Skansen

Sothing serenity is something you will discover in the archipelago when the summer is over. For a weekend the Stockholm archipelago will be lit up by bonfires on floats, torchlight processions and fireworks - over land and sea. Its all to celebrate the cosy darker winter period, and the celebration takes place this upcomming weekend, October 17-18. Restaurants in the archipelago will serve special menus, so keep an eye out and enjoy autumn at some of the archipelago islands. More information, in swedish only at Visit Skärgården

If you cant make it this weekend, then make a mark in the calender on December 18-20 when the open air museum Skansen celebrate Midwinter solstice celebration with fire and ice as theme. There will be ice sculptors and fire artists working on the Solliden square, and performances and music composed for the occasion on the Solliden stage

Italian photographer exhibits Stockholm in Stockholm

Another view on Stockholm is the theme of a photo exhibition by photographer Joakim Kocjancic. The series is named Paradise. Joakim is from Milan and have been working in several european cities - among them Stockholm. In his exhibition - all black and white photos - he shows another side of the idyllic sweden image.

The exhibition is shown on Double Elvis Gallery, Kocksgatan 52 in Stockholm between August 28 and September 30.

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