Entries in Gay and Lesbian Sweden (2)

Tuesday
May122015

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society starts a war against Putin

NEWS FROM STOCKHOLM...


Something scary is going on in the Baltic Sea. Foreign submarines are lurking around the archipelago due east of Stockholm and despite millions of tax dollars spent; The Swedish Armed Forces can’t find them. The Russians deny everything but the Swedish militaries are sure something is going on. It’s all hands on deck – for everyone. It’s time to shift gears and show the trespassers who’s in charge. 

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society are introducing… our enemy’s worst nightmare: 

The Singing Sailor – a celebration of diversity and modern values. 

This alternative weapon is a sub surface sonar system sending out the Morse code: “This way if you are gay”. The Singing Sailor also features a neon sign with a sailor waving his white flag above the text “Welcome to Sweden - Gay since 1944” (the year Sweden legalized homosexuality). Interesting info for any Russian crew member passing close by.

The Singing Sailor cost a fraction of the Swedish navy’s unsuccessful submarine hunt. But most importantly, he is a contribution to the debate that we 2015 should move military resources into alternative, collaborative conflict resolution methods.  

The situation for LGBT rights in Russia is horrible. We could do so much more for peace and human rights with the billions we now spend on weapons purchases and military initiatives. Efforts that would actively prevent conflicts, instead of the rearmament that is being proposed now, says Anna Ek, president of The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Soiciety.

Love, peace and singing sailors

 


The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society is the world’s oldest peace organization and three times associated with winning the Nobel Peace Prize. 

The campaign film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCvQGFzZuWA 

The campaign website:
http://www.svenskafreds.se/singingsailor/


Sweden is one of the world's most open-minded LGBT destinations and its capital city, STOCKHOLM was the recent winner of the BRITISH LGBT AWARD for Destination of the Year. To find out more about Stockholm and plan a visit, visit its LGBT dedicated site gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com - #outinstockholm

Thursday
Nov132014

ALCAZAR PRESENTS DISCO DEFENDERS IN GOTHENBURG

Do you remember “Crying at the Discotheque” when Alcazar broke up?

Well they’re back for what promises to be the "shows of all shows" in Gothenburg early next year. 

Alcazar, the Swedish Eurodance group, one of Sweden’s most successful international music groups and self-billed disco gods are back with DISCO DEFENDERS - a super show filled with glitz, glamour and disco classics from the past and present – expect some of the world’s most famous disco classics interspersed with Alcazar’s amazing hit parade – and all this at the fun-packed Liseberg, Gothenburg’s awesome amusement park. The show is a fun-filled celebration of humour, drama and mystery (all out camp) and the audience is invited to party along. Set in the park’s Rondo, this is a completely unique dinner-show concept – and at the end of the night, the Rondo will be transformed into an all-out disco-nightclub where punters can dance into the night. 

The show premieres on 12th February 2015 and plays every Thursday and Saturday, running right through the Spring – perfect for disco-diva travellers looking for an authentically dancey Swedish disco experience.

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Did you know that Sweden is the world’s 3rd largest exporter of music - just behind the USA and UK – which is just downright crazy considering its relatively small population. 

What many people don’t realise that Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg is actually one of the world’s music capitals and at the very heart of Europe’s festival scene. Whilst you may have heard of Spain’s shout-it-out-loud, swimwear-clad Benacassim, or the more intimate, arty Soundwave in Crotia, those who are really in the know head to Gothenburg for the real sound of Europe – featuring music festivals like Way Out West and electronic music special Summerburst.

And everyone who is anyone in music plays in Gothenburg; this year’s Way Out West featured the almighty Scandinavian powerhouse collaboration that is Royksopp featuring Robyn… not to mention Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Janelle Monae, Iconopop and Neneh Cherry among a host of other huge homegrown and international names. It’s like the best gay Pride line-up ever dreamt up.

And speaking of gay Pride, the festival season always kicks off with West Pride in May, an intimate, community minded and seriously fun LGBTQ Pride festival, drawing gay people from all over the country. The festival is unique as it is deeply rooted in art and culture.

If electronic music is your thing, Summerburst this year featured Tiesto and David Guetta among some huge names in that world and usually, it is the same weekend as West Pride – cementing the last weekend in May as the gateway to the Swedish summer. And what more can you ask for? Long summer days, a breathtaking setting on the archipelago and gorgeous ‘Gothenburgers’ getting their suntans on, enjoying the sunshine; they’re an amazing looking bunch of people.

But what is it that makes this city so deeply rooted in music? In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Phillip Ekström of the critically acclaimed band The Mary Onnetes summed it up perfectly. He said that Gothenburg is all about music, and music in Gothenburg is Art. The city sees music more like art that anywhere else, delivering huge variety and a sound that is truly unique, alternative and vivid.

-ENDS-

For the very latest goings-on, music, inspiration on places to stay and low-down on gay-friendly Gothenburg, check out www.goteborg.com/en

Direct flights operate between the UK and Gothenburg, around 2 hours’ flight, Gotheburg is the closest major Swedish city to the UK. Flights available on bmi regional, Ryanair, Norwegian and SAS.

 

About Disco Defenders

Every Thursday and Saturday, 12 Feb 2015 to Spring
Director: Edward af Sillen
Produced by: 2E LIVE and glass & Co. 

http://liseberg.com/en/home/

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