What’s On in Stockholm: April 2019

Do you feel that spring in your step? This season in Stockholm is blossoming. April begins with art, and ends with Walpurgis. In between, there are concerts, a comedy show, a few sporting events, and so much more. We are excited to embrace the energy and inspiration of all that this month has to offer!


Here’s what’s on the calendar in Stockholm:

Monday 1st – Thursday 4th April

Anita Hedin at Galleri Hantverket

Anita Hedin’s textile show, which opened in March, closes Thursday 4th April; if you haven’t already seen it, now is your chance! The artist members of the gallery work at the gallery themselves, so they have a chance to interact with individuals interested in their work. Galleri Hantverket exhibits work from their own artists as well as from artists around the world.


Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th April

SUPERMARKET: Stockholm Independent Art Fair at Sickla Front

SUPERMARKET is a four day international artist-run art fair, with talks and performances. There is an internationally distributed SUPERMARKET art magazine available for purchase as well. Admission is 120 SEK, or 150 for admission plus the art magazine. You can also purchase a weekend pass for 200 SEK, which provides you with admission for four days and the art magazine.


Friday 5th April

Escapist at the Royal Opera

Catch opening night of the ballet “Escapist,” choreographed by Alexander Ekman, one of the most talked about choreographers in the world today. We all escape reality at times; Ekman captures that departure. Performances will continue through the month of April. Tickets range from 55 to 750 SEK.


Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th April

Hornstulls Market Premiere

Hornstulls Market is finally back! This market is open weekends throughout the summer. You’ll find all sorts of things here, including vintage clothes, design, art, antiques, literature and food trucks. If you want to have a table and sell your own stuff, that’s an option as well!


Saturday 6th April

Sweden vs. Germany at Friends Arena

Watch the women’s national team play football (soccer) against Germany! The match comes just two months before the start of the World Cup, and this is the first time in four years the women’s national team has played in Stockholm. Tickets range from 50 SEK to 150 SEK.


The Choir of St. John’s College at Stockholm Cathedral

Andrew Netsingha conducts this choir from Cambridge, England. The choir was founded in 1670, and sings daily in the chapel of St. John’s College. Their repertoire is broad, with music ranging over 500 years. Tickets vary between 80 and 250 SEK.


Sunday 7th April

The Leopard at Bio & Bistro Capitol

Enjoy the 1963 film “Leopard,” with food served to you during the intermission. The film is based on Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa’s novel of the same name. “Leopard” takes place during the 1860’s upheaval in Sicily, telling the story of the Prince of Salina as he tries to preserve his family. There are English subtitles. Tickets are 450 SEK.


Tuesday 9th April

International Gin and Tonic Day at Wenner-Gren Center

If you’re a gin enthusiast, head to WGC24 for gin and tonics with a fantastic view of Stockholm!


Wednesday 10th April

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama at Ericsson Globe

Yes, you read that correctly: Michelle Obama! We are so excited to have this incredible woman in Stockholm. She is on tour with her book, Becoming, which is available in print, and as an audiobook read by Michelle Obama herself. Tickets to the talk start at 300 SEK.


A R I Z O N A at Slaktkyrkan

We are sure it has “Crossed your Mind” as to whether A R I Z O N A was going to make it to Stockholm anytime soon. Well, they’re no longer “Oceans Away” in the United States, but here in Sweden! Tickets to see this trio start at 240 SEK.


Friday 12th April

“When you close your eyes, I hover” Opening at Fotografiska

Jessica Silversaga’s exhibit “When you close your eyes, I hover” opens on Friday 12th April and is open until Monday 3rd June. Silversaga spent ten years photographing female models in nature, wearing timeless clothes that she has sewn herself. The nature reflects onto the photographed women, as Silversaga tries to capture feelings and experiences that cannot be put into words. Day tickets to Fotografiska are 165 SEK, 135 SEK for students and seniors.


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April

Market Art Fair at Liljevalchs Konsthall

Over the course of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to view, process, and buy world-class art from the Nordic region. The fair also offers a program of talks and projects, and a VIP program for collectors and art professionals. Early bird tickets are 120 SEK, and VIP passes (which are limited) are 420 SEK.


Saturday 13th April

Sharon Hayes Exhibit Opening at Moderna Museet

Sharon Hayes investigates the intersection of history, politics, and speech through multi-media installation art. Hayes is currently one of the most socially and politically influential artists in the United States. This will be her first exhibition in Stockholm, and it is free.


Wednesday 17th April

JUNG at Debaser Strand

Brothers Tom and Henrik Ljungkvist have both worked with music their whole lives, but this is the first time that the two are teaming up. They have been influenced by artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Matt Corby. Tickets are 245 SEK.


Thursday 18th April

Rufus Wainwright at Stockholm Concert Hall

Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian musician, who at age 14, was named Canada’s best young musician. He has worked with artists such as Elton John, Mark Ronson, and Joni Mitchell. He is now on tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the release of his self-titled album. Tickets range from 450 to 550 SEK.


Saturday 20th April

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World at Cirkus Arena & Restaurant

RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns to Stockholm! This year, a team of intergalactic queens, led by Michelle Visage, goes on a journey to save the universe. Tickets start at 545 SEK.


Sunday 21st April

Story Party: True Dating Stories at Scandic Malmen

Professional storytellers will entertain you with true dating stories, complete with ghosting, cat-fishing, and heartbreak. The show is in English and is open to all, whether staunchly single, casually dating, or in a relationship. Early bird tickets are 280 SEK.


Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th April

MeYouI at Hangaren, Subtopia

Two dancers depict the internal conflicts that can occur when working as an individual in collaboration with someone else. Choreography is by Edin Jusuframic, and the talented dancers are Daniel Koivunen and Marco Wihlborg. Tickets are 200 SEK.


Wednesday 24th April

Rita Ora at Berns

Rita Ora is on tour with her second album, Phoenix. This British star has collaborated with artists like Cardi B and Charli XCX. Tickets are 435 SEK.


Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th April

Photo Marathon at Stadsmuseet

In collaboration with Stockholm Stadsmuseet, Fotografiska, and Slussenprojektet, there will be a photo marathon to celebrate the coming of spring. You will have 24 hours to capture one photograph from eight different themes. Entrance fee is 100 SEK.


Saturday 27th April

Tough Viking

Tough Viking is the largest and most challenging obstacle course in the Nordic region. Participants can compete individually or in teams. To participate, entrance is 795 or 895 SEK, depending upon when you sign up. You can also be a supportive spectator if the race isn’t for you!


Saturday 27th April

Swedish Floorball Championship Finals at Ericsson Globe

Are you a floorball, or innebandy, fan? This event has both the women’s and the men’s finals, all in one day. Tickets are between 90 and 540 SEK.


Stockholm Culture Night

On this Saturday evening, many venues around the city open their doors for free. You can find events related to dance, art, fashion, literature, and more. This is a great opportunity to experience the city, go to an exhibit that intrigues you, or try something new!


Tuesday 30th April

Walpurgis Night at Skansen

Walpurgis, or Valborg, is a Swedish tradition in which those in the countryside would celebrate the beginning of spring by letting their livestock graze at night. In order to ward off predators, the farmers would have bonfires. The tradition of welcoming spring with a bonfire continues today, and you can join the largest Walpurgis celebration at Skansen! Adult admission is 140 SEK.


Ongoing in April

Miriam Bryant at Strandvägen 1

During the month of April, Miriam Bryant, star of Gothenburg, will perform 20 times at Strandvägen 1. She will have different guests throughout the month, and you will have the chance to hear some of her new music in an intimate and relaxed setting.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Swedish Museum of Natural History

This is the first time that the exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been shown at the museum. Each year, the title Wildlife Photographer of the Year is awarded by The Natural History Museum in London. This exhibition has 100 of the best photographs, as chosen by the jury. Some of the photos create a sense of joy and wonder, others an overwhelming feeling of sadness; all are stunningly beautiful. This exhibit is free, and well worth a visit!


Finn Juhl: The Furniture Designer at The National Museum

Finn Juhl was one of the most influential Scandinavian furniture designers in the 1940s through 1960s. Furnishings from Juhl’s house are currently on loan to the museum while his home is under renovation, so you can see the style he used in his own home. Regular entrance is 150 SEK, and 120 SEK for seniors and students.


>Plundering – The Beginning of a Genocide, at Forum for Living History

During the Holocaust, Nazis looted art, books, and antiques. Cultural items as notable as Rembrandt pieces to more personal cultural pieces, like letters, were taken, depriving people of their history and culture. This exhibit is based on Anders Rydell’s books, “The Plunderers – How Nazis Stole Europe’s Art Treasures” and “The Book Thieves: The Hunt for the Lost Libraries.” Entrance is free.


A Painter’s Path at Waldemarsudde

Björn Wessman’s paintings of landscapes and vegetation are filled with wondrous color. The exhibit spans the 80s to the present, with a focus on more recent pieces. Regular admission is 150 SEK, and 130 SEK for students and seniors.


Archipelago Tour

Whether you are visiting Stockholm or live here, learning the history of the area you are in is important. It gives you cultural insights and helps you navigate your space – whether that be a permanent space or a temporary one. On this boat tour, a guide (Swedish and English speaking available) will tell you anecdotes while pointing out historical, cultural, and natural sights in the Stockholm Archipelago. Choose either the tour for 305 SEK, or the tour with lunch for 390 SEK.


If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!


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Vivian Tracy

Vivian Tracy is a recent graduate from Occidental College, currently living in Stockholm. Follow her on Instagram @vivels.