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Can you smell spring in the air? It’s one of our favorite times of the year, when Stokhomites emerge from winter and into the sun. There are plenty of events in Stockholm this March that enjoy spring, too, with boat and garden shows, outdoor runs, and Färgfabriken’s annual spring market. But on the off chance the weather doesn’t improve, there’s plenty of indoor fun happening too, like movies, concerts, sustainability events, and events celebrating women – didn’t you know that March 8th is International Women’s Day??
Here’s what’s happening in Stockholm this March, from exhibition openings, slow fashion shows, ballets, and concerts:
15 February – 8 March
Gabriel Isak: Into The Blue at Galleri deBernardo
Fine art photographer, Gabriel Isak, presents his first solo exhibition at the Galleri deBernardo. After seven years abroad mastering his distinctive style combining surrealism with melancholy, he returns to Sweden with an exhibition that guides the viewer through the “chaos of life and questions the depths of human existence.”
Sunday 1st – Wednesday 11th March
Forbidden Prayers at Konsthantverkarna
Ahmed Umar, a political refugee from Sudan who settled in Norway, will display his jewelry art in this exhibit. Umar also works with sculpture, painting, and performance. Entrance is free.
Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th March
At this year’s Tempo Documentary Festival, the largest of its kind in Sweden, over 100 documentaries from all over the world will be shown in Stockholm. The documentaries shown range from film, radio, photography, and transmedia, as well as more experimental forms of expression. The prices vary based on the event, and some are free. Check out the schedule online for screening details, plus lots of other events.
Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 8th March
EWK at Studio L2
Studio L2 shows work from the political cartoonist Ewert Karlsson, or EWK, whose sharp and humorous work was published in Stockholms-Tidningen, the Aftonbladet, and The New York Times. EWK created observant portraits of politicians and influential people throughout his life, leaving behind an impressive body of work.
Tuesday 3rd, Thursday 5th, Tuesday 10th, and Thursday 12th March
Kylián/Ek/Naharin at Royal Swedish Opera
Choreographers Jiři Kylián, Mats Ek, and Ohad Naharin work side-by-side to create a three-piece performance, beginning with Kylián’s Wings of Wax, followed by Ek’s Overboard (woman with water), and concluding with Naharin’s Minus 16. Tickets, which are selling quickly, range from 110 to 750 SEK.
Tuesday 3rd March
Slow Fashion Show at A house Stockholm
We know, fashion is fun. It can be hard to resist buying more, but we also need to be conscious of our impact on the environment. If you find yourself struggling with this dilemma, Stockholm’s Slow Fashion Show is the answer. Alongside the opportunity to share the clothes you no longer wear, there will be shows and talks.
Wednesday 4th March
Jay1 at Bar Brooklyn
Jay1 is a 22-year-old British rapper who began taking his music seriously in 2016. Since then, he has had two top-20 singles in the UK. Tickets for this concert are 285 SEK.
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March
Sausage Festival at Münchenbryggeriet
Join this festival for a Sausage Safari, seminars about sausage, a sausage and beer tasting, and the chance to buy hundreds of different kinds of sausages. Tickets are 160 SEK for Friday and Sunday, and 180 SEK for Saturday.
Friday 6th March
The Vagina Monologues at Delight Studio
Written by American author Eve Ensler, this groundbreaking play explores sexual experiences, menstruation, genital mutilation, body image, and more. The proceeds from this event will benefit non-profit organization National Centre against Exploitation and Violence (NCEV). NCEV works to end sexual violence and human trafficking, provides support trauma therapy for survivors, and has an empowerment program for survivors. Tickets for the show, which is in English, are 185 SEK.
Saturday 7th – Sunday 15th March
Everything for the Lake Boat Expo at Stockholmsmässan
This international boat show is a serious reminder that spring is around the corner. Everything that you could possibly need for life on the water – or daydreaming of it – will be at this show. In addition to information, there will be children’s entertainment and a chance to meet a mermaid! A one-day ticket to the show is 185 SEK.
Saturday 7th – Thursday 12th March
Anneli Ernryd at Engleson Galleri
Ernryd’s photography will be on display at Engleson Galleri, with the artist present to chat about her work. On Saturday and Sunday, the mingle will includes bubbles.
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March
The Stockholm International Fashion Fair 2020 at Historiska Museet
A fashion fair that showcases sustainable designers: The idea of consuming sustainably will be encouraged through the work displayed and the event itself. In addition to sustainability, this show values female empowerment and ethical fashion.
Saturday 7th March
Sparkling Stockholm Premiere at Stockholm Waterfront
Whether your drink of choice is cava, prosecco, champagne, or asti, all tastes will be accounted for at this gathering to smell, taste, and learn about sparkling wine! A regular ticket for this event, which includes a wine tasting glass, is 235 SEK.
Sunday 8th March
Signature Women at Artipelag
On International Women’s Day, Artipelag will open a new exhibit that pays homage to female artists by presenting work from around fifty Swedish female artists, created in the past 100 years. Some of these artists are well known, and others have not yet received the recognition they are due. There will be daily introductions to the exhibit, offered in Swedish and English, as well as seminars. Entrance to this exhibit is 185 SEK.
Monday 9th March
Little Dragon at Berns
Little Dragon is a Gothenburg-based band, featuring vocalist Yukimi Nagano. Nagano has distinctive vocals and has appeared on tracks with Gorillaz, SBTRKT, Flume, and others. The band evolves album to album, never afraid to change their sound. Tickets are 380 SEK.
Wednesday 11th March
The Fountain at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
The Fountain is a venue for live music, open mics, and jam sessions. Everything is in the moment and music is never predetermined. Guest artists are invited to perform, and Bishat is next up. Bishat, known for her blend of dark pop and modern R’n’B, wrote her first song with José González at just 13. Mofeta will be the evening’s jam host. Entrance to the event is free.
Friday 13th March
Rising Stars with Accordion at Stockholm Concert Hall
This concert will include jazz and classical works, all performed by João Barradas, an accordion player. Tickets for the concert are 120 SEK. If you wish to include the dinner menu with your ticket, the price is 245 SEK.
Saturday 14th March
St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Kungsträdgården
This annual parade is organized by the Swedish-Irish Society for all to enjoy. First, gather at Kungsträdgården for activities like face painting, learning Irish dance, and tasting some of Ireland’s favorite foods. The parade will be led by St. Patrick, the Stockholm Pipe Band, and Irish wolfhounds. There will be music in Kungsträdgården before and after the parade.
Monday 16th March
Fletcher at Debaser Strand
American singer-songwriter, Fletcher, made it to the Billboard Hot 100 list with her single “Undrunk” in January 2019. She was named as one of the artists to watch in 2019, along with Billie Eilish and Zara Larsson. Tickets for this concert are 275 SEK.
Wednesday 18th March
Russell Howard at China Theater
Comedian Russell Howard is in Stockholm with his show, “Respite World Tour.” Howard’s inspiration often comes from the everyday, and commentary on British culture. Tickets for the show start at 355 SEK.
Thursday 19th March
Artist Talk with Sven Harrys Konstmuseum
Artist Stina Randestad will present her collection Hybrids, part of Sven Harrys Konstmuseum’s larger Art in Fashion exhibit. Randestad will host a talk, discussing her design process and the actual making of the materials. The artist talk is included with the price of admission, which is 130 SEK.
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March
Fantastika 2020 at Dieselverkstaden
Fantastika is a weekend of science fiction celebration! Most of the events – interviews, lectures, and panels – will be related to literature. Special guests include Adrian Tchaikovsky, Aliette de Bodard, Eva Holmquist, and Peadar Ó. There will be at least one English-language event at all times. Admission for the entire weekend is 500 SEK.
Saturday 21st March
Spoken Word Performance at Alma AB
Sip on a drink while treating your ears to a spoken word performance by Kerone Campbell, in celebration of World Poetry Day!
Sunday 22nd March
Isle of Dogs at Bio & Bistro Capitol Stockholm
Another chance to catch Isle of Dogs on the big screen. The 2018 Wes Anderson animation follows the story of 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi and a pack of dogs in a dystopian future version of Japan. The film is shown in English, without subtitles. Tickets range from 160 to 240 SEK.
Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th March
Garden Fair at Stockholmsmässan
Garden hobbyists and urban farmers, head to the Garden Fair for garden profiles, exhibitions, and seminars. It’s the largest and most popular garden fair in the Nordic countries, so you know everything you need will be right here! A one-day ticket is 175 SEK. You can add on a lecture with Börje Remstam and Sara Bäckmo and/or a Flower Lab session for an additional cost.
Thursday 26th March
TEDxKTHSalon: Food for Thought at KTH Library
At this TEDx event, researchers and entrepreneurs will host panel discussions about sustainable food, with an opportunity for audience participation later in the day. After the event, check out the sustainability fair in the library. Tickets are free.
Pär Engsheden and Sara Danius’ Dresses at National Museum
The National Museum’s new exhibit features four dresses, designed by Pär Engsheden and worn by the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius at Nobel events in past years. Carl Bengtsson’s photographs of Danius will also be on display. Entrance to this exhibit is 150 SEK.
Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st March
Don Quijote at Royal Swedish Opera
Enjoy the classic tale of Don Quijote in ballet format, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Prices vary based on your seat selection.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March
The Licorice Festival at Fotografiska
The Licorice Festival has moved to a new location this year, but it’s still packed with activities. You will be able to taste licorice in all forms, buy licorice, and attend workshops, while being in Stockholm’s amazing photography museum. Tickets are 145 SEK.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March
Spring Market at Färgfabriken
Shop design and crafts, enjoy live music, and take a break in the café or courtyard at Färgfabriken’s spring market.
Saturday 28th March
Hit the sidewalk and get your blood pumping with this 10-kilometer course that takes you through the beautiful island of Djurgården, with drink stations are set up throughout. For an added incentive: the earlier you sign up for this course, the cheaper it is to participate!
Tuesday 31st March
Kevin Gates at Debaser Strand
Kevin Gates is an American rapper whose music often deals with subjects like poverty and depression. He is influenced by artists such as Nas, Jay-Z, and Tupac. He’s on tour with his latest album, “I’m Him.” Tickets for the concert are 320 SEK.
Ongoing in March
The Trees Are Bright Green: Landscape Painting Then and Now at Bonniers Konsthall
In this exhibit, viewers are asked to think about how climate change is affecting nature and our landscapes. Sometimes, the effect is clearly visible. Other times, you do not see the destruction brought upon the environment. Ordinary admission is 100 SEK; free admission for everyone on Fridays.
Magical Pattern at Medelhavet Museum
See embroidered costumes and accessories from Siwa, in the Egyptian Sahara. Women from Siwa have embroidered costumes for centuries that are meant to protect against the dangers of the desert. Although the embroidery does not serve the same purpose today, the pieces still tell of the culture. Admission to this exhibit is free.
As we all start to shake off the winter hibernation, learn more about Stockholm with a free tour through the main sites of the city. The tours are about 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Tours are offered in English and Spanish.
In the Secret Service of the Kingdom at Army Museum
Learn more about the lives of women in the Swedish Intelligence Service during World War II. Hotel cleaners, secretaries, and more were recruited to become secret informants, often paying a higher price for their work than they expected. In this exhibit, you will meet three women in particular: Karin Lannby, Erika Wendt, and Jane Horney. Admission is 50 SEK.
Mamma Mia! Behind the Movie Magic at ABBA The Museum
If you are a lover of the Mamma Mia movies, this temporary exhibit is perfect for you! Take a peak into the hard work and magic that goes into creating a movie. Admission to the museum is 250 SEK.
Maria Andersson and Nancy Atakan at The National Sports Museum
Andersson and Atakan have created both individual and joint pieces for this exhibit, titled “Translation in Motion.” The work includes films, photos, textiles, and more.
Walid Raad at Moderna Museet
In this temporary Moderna Museet exhibition, Walid Raad presents ideas that he wishes would exist or fears already do exist. There is a performance piece, titled “Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres,” with select performance dates, in which you will hear from Walid Raad himself. Admission for this exhibit is 150 SEK.
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Header image: Hilma af Klint. Group V, The Seven-Pointed Star, №1n (Grupp V, Sjustjärnan, nr 1), 1908