We are gearing up for the next big festival in the city... this coming week, August 16th-21st) we have the Culture Festival (Kulturfestivalen) taking place in Stockholm. Culture of all sorts take to the streets and squares of central Stockholm and 99% is free of charge! There will be 500 shows performed by 250 artists during this week and there will be something for everyone: music, theater, film, literature, dance, performance art, etc; When it comes to music you can enjoy everything from jazz to rock to opera with a little Motown thrown in for good measure. While many cultures, like Turkish, African and Latin, will be represented... this year's theme is Norway, which has taken on special significance since the terrible terror attacks in Norway a couple of weeks ago. Besides culture, there will also be food and drink tents in the festival area.
Photo: Thomas Karlsson
The festival will be held in three centrally located squares and their side streets: Gustav Adolfs Torg, Sergels Torg and Brunkebergs Torg as well as Kulturhuset. You can access the program (with times) for each venue on their website by clicking here. If you are traveling with small children, then Brunkeberg Torg during the daytime is the place to take them... called Maxed Out for the Small Ones, this mini children's festival will be filled with activities where children can play, dance, sing and listen to stories.
Photo: Karin Nilsson
To get to the festival area from the Rival Hotel... it's just a 20-25 minute walk through the Old Town or else three subway stops (red line north to T-Centralen, exit Sergels Torg).