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What’s On in Stockholm: 10 Unmissable Events this Autumn

What’s On in Stockholm: 10 Unmissable Events this Autumn

Picture of Helen Armitage
Updated: 9 February 2017
While Stockholm in autumn is undoubtedly beautiful, visitors to the city will have more to do than just gaze at fall foliage with its jam-packed cultural calendar. From an exhibition of works by celebrated Swedish photographer Anders Petersen to a contemporary performance of Don Giovanni, Stockholm has a lot to offer this autumn.

Music | Stockholm Jazz Festival

10 – 19 October

One of Stockholm’s longest-running festivals, the Stockholm Jazz Festival first took place in 1980 and has since established itself as a premier event on the international jazz scene and one of the city’s best-loved music events. Taking place over ten days in October at 30 venues across the city, the Stockholm Jazz Festival has presented performances by such musical powerhouses as legendary American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Belgian jazz guitarist and harmonica player Toots Thielemans. The 2014 Stockholm Jazz Festival will feature performances by Norwegian saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg and American jazz-hip hop fusion artist José James.

Stockholm Jazz Festival, Various venues across Stockholm


Theatre | I Lodjurets Timma

11 October – 14 December

October will see the premiere of Kia Berglund’s, founder and artistic director of Teater Giljotin, production of I Lodjurets Timma – a play by esteemed Swedish playwright Per Olov Elquist, winner of various prizes including the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1968. Set in a psychiatric institution I Lodjurets Timma tells the tale of a young boy institutionalized after committing two murders and follows him as a young scientist and resident pastor try to understand him. Exploring themes of faith and love, Teater Giljotin’s production features music from Swedish composer Rikard Borggård and set design by Youlian Tabakov.

I Lodjurets Timma, Teater Giljotin, Torsgatan 41, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 70 641 5822

Don Giovanni | Photo by Markus Gårder/Courtesy Kungliga Operan
Don Giovanni | Photo by Markus Gårder/Courtesy Kungliga Operan


Opera | Don Giovanni

17, 21, 23, 30 October & 1, 12, 15 November

Don Giovanni is given a contemporary update in Norwegian director and set designer Ole Anders Tandberg’s interpretation of the classic Mozart opera featuring contemporary costume designs from Maria Geber and star Swedish opera singer Ola Eliasson as the titular character. Follow the arrogant and promiscuous young Don Giovanni as his lustful ways and treachery get the better of him, leading those around him eventually expose his deception, ultimately leading to his downfall in Tandberg’s darkly poetic and erotic production. Eliasson is joined on stage by fellow operatic talents Inger Dam Jensen, Maria Fontosh and Vivianne Holmberg, accompanied by music from Kungliga Operan’s choir and orchestra.

Don Giovanni, Kungliga Operan, Gustav Adolfs Torg 2, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08 791 4400

Film | Stockholm Film Festival

5 – 16 November

Autumn 2014 will see the 25th edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Taking place over 12 days in November at venues located across the city, the festival’s milestone anniversary edition will feature approximately 180 films from around 50 countries, giving the event a truly international outlook. The festival will be dedicated to iconic actress Lauren Bacall who died this year. The 2014 Stockholm Film Festival will also include the premiere of Swedish director Amanda Adolfsson’s debut Young Sophie Bell in addition to the awarding of acclaimed British director Mike Leigh the Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside many other screenings of thought-provoking films from across the world.

Stockholm Film Festival, Various venues across Stockholm, +46 08 677 5000

Cirkus Cirkor's Knitting Piece | Photo by Mats Bäcker
Cirkus Cirkor’s Knitting Piece | Photo by Mats Bäcker


Performance | Cirkus Cirkör’s Knitting Peace

13 November – 11 January

Taking place at the Artipelag culture venue situated in Värmdö on the beautiful Stockholm Archipelago, Knitting Peace is a breath-taking artistic performance from the Swedish circus company Cirkus Cirkör. During the two-hour-long performance, Cirkus Cirkör takes over Artipelag’s Artbox stage creating a magical space filled with a tangled array of yarn, rope and wire which the circus members entwine themselves in and perform stunts on in an awe-inspiring display of artistry and skill. Accompanied by haunting, atmospheric music and beautiful scenography, Knitting Peace will feature air acrobatics from Cirkus Cirkör’s Ilona Jäntti and Nathalie Bertholio amongst many other talented performers.

Cirkus Cirkör’s Knitting Peace, Artipelag, Artipelagstigen 1, Gustavsberg, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 85 701 3000

© Anders Petersen/Courtesy Galerie VU
© Anders Petersen/Courtesy Galerie VU


Art | Anders Petersen

Until 16 November

Acclaimed Swedish photographer Anders Petersen , winner of the much-coveted Photographer of the Year award at the 2003 Rencontres d’Artes photography festival, takes over Fotografiska – Stockholm’s contemporary art gallery dedicated to photography – with his self-titled exhibition. Spanning Petersen’s career from his beginnings in the late 1960s to his more recent works, the exhibition includes images from his iconic Café Lehmitz (1969) series depicting the fringe culture and regulars of a German watering hole and his gritty, urban 2009 series City Diary in his trademark black and white street photography style. For any fans of contemporary photography wanting to learn more about one of the country’s most celebrated photographers, the exhibition is a must-see.

Anders Petersen, Fotografiska, Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 85 090 0500

Art | Laura Lima

Until 30 November

Bonniers Konsthall, one of Stockholm’s foremost contemporary art galleries, is presenting the first-ever solo exhibition of Brazilian multimedia artist Laura Lima in Scandinavia as part of the opening of its autumn programme of events. Born in 1971, Lima is the recipient of various accolades including the 2006 Marcantônio Vilaça art prize and the 2014 Dutch Bonnefanten Award, and works in a wide range of mediums that have included drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. Bonniers Konsthall’s exhibition will include Lima’s The Naked Magician (2008/2010/2013), an installation of various objects collected by the artist, and Bar/Restaurant (2010/2013), another large sculptural installation featuring a barman serving beer to inanimate objects.

Laura Lima, Bonniers Konsthall, Torsgatan 19, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08 736 4248

Art | wizz eyelashes

Until 14 December

Curated by Magasin III’s Richard Julin and Tessa Praun, wizz eyelashes features the work of three artists – the late American artists Sol LeWitt and Walter De Maria alongside contemporary German artist Katherina Grosse – in an exhibition that is both a play on Magasin III’s history, given that each artist’s work has previously been shown there, and a play on art history itself. LeWitt’s conceptual minimalist style will be evident in the exhibition’s inclusion of two of his sculptures alongside an installation by De Maria, who was the first artist to be featured in a solo exhibition at Magasin III, and the abstract paintings of Grosse.

wizz eyelashes, Magasin III Museum and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Frihamnsgatan 28, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 85 456 8040

History | Swedish Sin

Until 18 January

In 1971 the Swedish sex educational film Language of Love outraged the British public to such an extent that it sparked a demonstration against the film, with banners decrying slogans such as ‘Sweden – more pornography, more suicides, more alcoholism and more gonorrhoea every year’. Spiritmuseum, Stockholm’s museum dedicated to alcohol culture, has collaborated with artist Peter Johansson to produce Swedish Sin, an exhibition exploring Sweden, sex, spirits and the notion of the country as a symbol of moral decline in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition features a series of images, films, photos and newspaper cuttings documenting ‘Swedish sin’ from controversial films like Summer with Monika and sexual education publications.

Swedish Sin, Spirit Museum, Djurgårdsvägen 38, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08 1213 1300

Food | The Nordic Experience

Various dates throughout autumn

A must-do for any foodie, The Nordic Experience is a food tour of some of the city’s very best restaurants and artisan producers that will give each participant a real taste of Sweden’s Nordic cuisine. Operated by Food Tours Stockholm, the guided walk lasts approximately 3 ½ hours and includes a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring that everyone receives an exclusive experience with each chef and artisan they meet on the walk, with the tour taking in both traditional and contemporary restaurants offering food samples to participants. Taking place mostly in Stockholm’s Vasastan neighbourhood, which is full of first-rate restaurants, the tour will visit venues including the popular Saluplats Ost cheese chop and Tennstopet, one of Sweden’s oldest restaurants.

The Nordic Experience, Hötorgshallen, Sergelgatan, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 81 205 7578

By Helen Armitage