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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week  attracts the international fashion community such as the press and fashion buyers to get a closer look at the Swedish fashion scene. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm supports around thirty local designers twice a year.

The main venues for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is at the well-renowned Berns in central Stockholm and at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Pavilion.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s focus on sustainable development is continuing through a newly-instituted award, The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Fashion.

Our Swedish traditions are intimately connected to the seasons and the light. Swedish Midsummer is celebrated in the summer, when sunlight never really fades. And now, when sunlight is scarce, Lucia and her maidens of light conquer the winter darkness with candles and carols.

We celebrate Lucia today, on December 13. Lucia and her maidens come before dawn, shedding light on the darkness, and Lucia wears white and a crown of candles on her head. She and her maidens sing traditional Lucia songs and serve a breakfast of glögg (sweet, mulled red wine), saffron-flavored buns and gingerbread cookies. Visitors can take part in the Lucia tradition, and the main celebration is the coronation of Sweden’s Lucia at Skansen. Lucia concerts are held in churches throughout Stockholm.

If you want to get the goosebumps we recommend the Lucia concert at Friends Arena. The concert will consist of more than 1400 singing children and youths, accompanied by a live orchestra. Please note that the concert will take place on Saturday December 15.

More on Christmas in Stockholm>>


There’s a lot of things going on this week, all in the spirit of Pink Christmas!

Rainbow Mass, Pink Chanukah, Mixed Leather Xmas…

Download the program for Pink Christmas>>

Love love love this time a year! The whole city glitters with Christmas lights!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and people in Sweden will light the first candle in the Advent candlestick holder. This is always a special event, eagerly awaited. Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit until all four candles are alight.

This is also the time when Christmas markets can be found around the city, offering Swedish Christmas candy and food, glögg (mulled wine) and a range of handicrafts and decorative arts.

Skansen, the open-air museum on Djurgården, holds a big, traditional market and Stockholm’s oldest neighborhood, Gamla Stan (the Old Town), is full of shops and restaurants with cheerful, festive atmospheres.

Gamla Stan also hosts a famous Christmas market at Stortorget square. This Christmas market has been a tradition since the early 1900’s and is held every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.

Sound of Stockholm 2012

The Sound of Stockholm festival will for the third year running present the newest Swedish and international art music at the Stockholm Cultural Center (Kulturhuset) from November 20–24.

The festival was established in 2010 and was immediately a huge success. The five-day event allowed audiences to experience the independent musical life of Stockholm from its different venues: electroacoustic music, manga opera, baby rave, Hörspiele, choir concerts, intermedia art, seminars, experimental music, notated art music, and unique world premieres presented an idea of how Stockholm can sound.

This year you’ll get the chance to see the British electronic musician, installation artist, and designer Mark Fell; the American-Chinese cellist Audrey Chen; the New European Ensemble from Holland together with the Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata and many, many more.


Leo Correia de Verdier is one of the world’s foremost sewing machine players, trained at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Leo will also perform at the Sound of Stockholm festival. 

The Stockholm Film Festival is a dream come true for all cinema fans, and one of the leading film festivals in Europe. Hundreds of movies from all around the world are presented in different cinemas around Stockholm for a period of twelve days.

Here’s a selection of the LGBT movies that will be showing.

“Based on real newspaper headlines of violent demonstrations against homosexuals in Serbia, »The Parade« tells the story of Mirko – wedding planner by trade, gay activist at heart – and his struggle to arrange the first Pride Parade of Belgrade. Discouraged by a corrupt police force and going against his boyfriend’s sound advice, Mirko turns to a middle-aged gangster named Lemon for help. Surprisingly enough, homophobic ex- criminal Lemon ends up giving his outmost to protect gay rights, but the question remains: will this odd couple be able make Belgrade’s first Pride Parade happen?” Read more>>

“Amidst the rough and tumble quasi-gangster existence displayed in this dramatic debut of Welsh-Egyptian writer and director Sally El Hosaini, there are few taboos. However, while casually exposing the world of money, drugs and violence that is so inherent to the urban struggle, there is one last outpost of unthinkable offense – Muslim homosexuality.Read more>>

“On a night out with friends with some heavy drinking, the rather inexperienced Paulo ends up in bed with male bartender Ilir, and what seems at first to be an innocent night of romance becomes increasingly serious. When Paulo’s girlfriend finds out about his nightly endeavors, she throws him out on the street. Soon, whilst at the peak of their mutual attraction, Paulo and Ilir make a somewhat premature agreement to move in together. As the story unfolds, Ilir suddenly disappears after leaving town for the weekend, and Paulo soon discovers that Ilir is serving 18 months in prison for hash possession, further stirring up the stormy nature of their already adventurous relationship.” Read more>>

“This comedy revolves around two Cantonese friends, Dennis and Aggie, who have known each other since primary school. Already as youngsters, they knew that he was gay and she a lesbian, though for Dennis love for someone has always felt more important than sexual preferences. Years of friendship have created a strong bond between Dennis and Aggie, a bond that will be tested in many ways.” Read more>>

“Director Jeffry Schwarz leaves no stone unturned in this biographical documentary detailing the life of leading gay activist and LGBT film historian Vito Russo. We get to follow him from his involvement in the Stonewall riots of 1969 at the age of 23 to his rise as one of the founding members of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).” Read more>>

“Young Noor decides to break free from life with the Khusras, the Pakistani transgender community, after being forced to undergo castration and dance for money. As Noor starts to live life like a man, he takes on a common Pakistani job as a truck decorator and spends most of his spare time looking for a woman who will accept him the way he is.” Read more>>

Stockholm International Film Festival
November 7-18 2012

A bike tour with style and elegance! Wear your best, preferably tweed, but make adjustments for cycling.

The race will be held around central Stockholm and without steep hills, a comfortable ride at a leisurable pace, open for both ladies and gentlemen. Bring a picnic basket if you like, there will be time both before and after the race. All bicycles are welcome to join the race, old as well as new.

Saturday October 6, starting at 11.00 in Kungsträdgården. 

Peter Jöback I love musicals

After playing his dream role as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, Peter returns to Sweden for an exclusive musical tour.

“I Love Musicals” is an elegant and loving homage to the musical together with Stockholm Sinfonietta led by the English conductor David White. The shows are directed by the acclaimed Swedish director Edward af Sillén.

Peter has invited several leading stars from the international musicalstage. Peter will do six exclusive concerts and perform his gems from musicals like the Swedish musical Kristina from Duvemåla, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Les Miserables etc.

Peter Jöback – I love musicals
October 20th, Ericsson Globe Arenas

For more info and tickets>>

Shut the F**k up, sit the F**k down, lock your seats in the upright position and prepare for the ride of your life.

Pam Ann – our favorite celebrity air hostess jet sets into Stockholm on her worldwide tour – “AROUND THE WORLD”.

Pam Ann continues to take passengers on thrill rides at thirty thousand feet above ground in all her raucous productions. Sydney Morning Herald about Pam Ann: “Glamorous, vicious,
camp and larger than life, the bitchy yet heart-warming trolley dolly in tight candy-pink uniform, enormous hair, huge lashes and disco boots rules the skies.”

She has toured with Cher and crewed for Elton John, and even Madonna is a huge fan, describing PAM as “cruelly funny”. 

November 20th you can take part in the unique PAM ANN show in Stockholm, Södra Teatern.

For the third time, Lily DeLuxe, one of Sweden’s foremost burlesque artists creates the festival “Burleskapader”. This year in collaboration with Södra Teatern. On the 1st of September she will present a cavalcade of Swedish Burlesque artists, with the aim to show the power of the scene. Do not miss the preparty in Södra Bar the night before.

The festival, called Burleskapader, contains a 2 hrs show with Swedish burlesque- and variety artists. The Opera diva and electro queen Babie Kajsa, der blumchen aus Schweden, will take you through the evening and let you meet a tassel-twirling Master, a juggler, Little Red Riding Hood, The Royal Roses, an Elf and many many more.

-You can’t beat the combination of creativity, the sensuality, the glimpse in the eye. To me it’s all about the magic between the audience and the stage, the thrill in the moment when the audience just believes that they have everything under control but knows that something is going to happen, and then you just surprise them with a twist or turn that they didn’t expect, says Lily DeLuxe.

What? Burleskapader – Sweden’s first Burlesque Festival

Where? Södra Teatern, Kägelbanan, Mosebacke Torg 1, T Slussen

When? 1st of Sept 7:00 pm -01:00 am

Open preparty in Södra Bar, Södra Teatern, 31st of August 7:00 -9:00 pm

Lily DeLuxe>>

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