The Very Best Of Swedish Entertainment
The United Kingdom hosts a large Swedish community, and because of that, there are often cultural activities involving the Nordic country for people to enjoy. From architecture to design, from music to literature, there are many things to enjoy in London for Scandinavian lovers or expats.
The Best Swedish Musical Acts
Listen to the classical tunes of four extraordinary Swedish musicians at the Mansion House on September 26th. Soprano and artistic director Degmar Zeromska is accompanied by baritone Oskar Palmblad, pianist Johan Hugosson and viola player Tim Hansson Meng. Tickets sell for £30 and can be purchased through the Anglo-Swedish Society.
Anne Sofie von Otter will be delighting audiences with her magical singing voice at Sheldonian Theater alongside pianist Julius Drake and a British actor yet to be announced with their takes on some of the best Shakespeare works. Tickets are £30 through the Anglo-Swedish Society, as well.
Swedish violinist Johan Dalene will be live at Kings Place in London. The 15-year old performer has previously enchanted audiences at the Menuhin competition in London last year, and he is back to celebrate Menuhin with the Jewish Institute of London.
The Trad Academy is another great source of entertainment - both artistic and musical - for people to enjoy and participate in. Their unique workshops and courses cover all types of Scandinavian music and they were the first group ever to bring Gammeldans folk music to the United Kingdom.
A Fashion Forward Scandinavia
Outside the music scene, there is plenty to see from Sweden. The London Design Biennale Sweden project englobes the idea of a wetopia and you can visit it to learn about inclusive design. London Fashion Week will be showcasing Swedish talented designers from Stockholm.
Food enthusiasts will be able to attend this year’s julmarknad (Swedish Christmas Market) organised by the Swedish Church in London. It takes place in November and you are able to find all sorts of delicacies from your home country in the many jolly stalls that take part in the event. The people working the stalls are often dressed up in colourful traditional dresses from Sweden, giving it an authentic touch.