Entries in Gay Stockholm (8)

Wednesday
May142014

STOCKHOLM: MUSIC IS THE ANSWER

Everyone is talking about Robyn and Royksopp right now. But as fabulous as they are, they are just the tip of the iceberg of the Swedish music scene. Sweden produces some of the best international music in the world, and ALL those people pass through Stockholm. What can we say? It's just such an inspiring place – even Spotify (with their fabulous gay ad) was founded and developed here and true to form, took the world by storm.

The starting point for any music lover to Stockholm would of course be the Swedish Music Hall of Fame – www.smhof.se/en which is also home to the ABBA (there, we said it!) Museum www.abbathemuseum.com –  but there is a lot more to music in Stockholm than the obvious. There is music, then there's creativity in music...

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Katja & Gunn

 

This month's Stockholm Voices (a new, exciting thing we're doing on our blog at gaylesbianstockholm.visitstockholm.com featuring the inside track to the city via its LGBTQ people) are Stockholmers Katja Gustafsson and Gunn Lundemo – who are among the biggest club DJs on Sweden’s lesbian scene. They are behind Club KG, Club X and the DJ duo Swedish Dyke Vibes. Now they’re making waves with the newly formed international DJ trio 3sum, with L-word star Daniela Sea. We asked Katja and Gunn about everything from where they find inspiration to what not to miss in Stockholm and you can read the whole interview on the blog.

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The Royal Opera House is at it again

Slightly left-field, but still music related is the Swedish Royal Opera - they're at it again! If you’ve watched the music video for Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. you’ve probably noticed the fantastic paper creations worn in the video. The paper creations are made by none other than Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld whose spring collection of ‘Haute Papier’ is entirely handmade. Now the Swedish Royal Opera collaborates with the same designer. Bea Szenfeld has dressed 10 of the artists in the spring program at the Royal Opera. The photos are taken by photographer Karolina Henke. www.operan.se 

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We're going out…

 

There is some great new news for the Stockholm clubbing scene. From hard house, to pop-tarts, to schlager, Stockholm's gay and lesbian clubs pack them in every weekend and even in the week. Check out these latest openings..

Candy

www.facebook.com/candyclubsthlm

Check out Candy at Le Bon Palais at Barnhusgatan 12 each Friday. Kicking off at 11pm and partying on through to 4am, this clubnight has 3 different dance floors, 4 bars and stage shows featuring local drag celebrities and popular artists. The music varies from RnB, 80s and 90s hits, hit-house and dance. For a local flavor, the basement plays schlager and Europop. They guarantee a “hands in the air party” every night.

Wonk

www.facebook.com/wonkstockholm

Located close to trendy Stureplan at Kungsgatan 15 Wonk is allegedly the place to party it up and have a great time in Stockholm – with sexy bartenders and hosts, good vibes and a totally up for it, good looking crowd. Open Friday and Saturday 22- 03. Two dancefloors, housemusic in the basement with a lot of famous guest djs, Pop, Disco and RnB on the top floor. This place welcomes all genders and orientations.

Switch

www.facebook.com/switch.sthlm

Fresh on the Stockholm scene is weekly club night Switch, whose philosophy is “Whoever you are, whatever turns you on.” Weekly, every Saturday night, this club believes everyone should be equally welcome, with mixed musical styles for everyone to enjoy. And with mixed music comes a mixed up vibe, with gay guys and lesbian women partying it up together.

Wild Wednesday GLORY

www.facebook.com/glory.stockholm

Are you GAY on Wednesdays?

Whether you’re feeling danceable, in the mood for a drink and just wanna hang in the bar or shake it like there’s no tomorrow; GLORY is the place for you! Vocal house and moderns remixes of popular hits in a nice blend with RnB, 80s and 90s booty-shakers, high and low!

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Swedish lullabies


 

Stockholm is so into its music that some of the city's best hotels have a musical story. Starting with The Rival in the hipster district of Soldermalm, you're never far from an impromptu concert of bar-gig. Let alone the fact that the hotel is owned by no one other than Benny Andersson himself. All roads lead to ABBA!

 

The Rival

Mariatorget 3, 118 91, +46 8 545 789 00

www.rival.se

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The above ideas are excerpts from the fabulous Gay and Lesbian Network blog, with the inside track on what’s hot in Stockholm for LGB people. To find out more, visit gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com or join the facebook page at facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, PRESS TRIPS, IMAGES etc, please contact Uwern Jong, Boutique Marketing, 0203 286 3170 – uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk

Monday
Mar242014

STOCKHOLM: A CULTURAL MELTING POT

As in-the-know members of the gay and lesbian community, we all form part of different travel tribes. Some of us are foodies, others of us are party-animals – but in general, there is one thing that groups us together, and that is our love for all things cultural.

Something that the sophisticated city of Stockholm certainly has in abundance is culture. From the historical, to the avant garde, to dare we say it, “hipster” – Stockholm has something to whet every cultural palette. Here are some of our personal favourites:

The Stockholm City Museum

 

The Stockholm City Museum covers the city’s cultural past and present. The Museum is responsible for preserving some 300,000 items of historical interest; 20,000 works of art, 3,000 oil paintings, 3 million photographs and a comprehensive library and archive. A wonderful place to get to know the city.

You may explore the photographs at digitala Stadsmuseet, a digital database (in Swedish). The museum has been collecting photographs with Stockholm connections since the 1930s. The oldest photographs date back to the 1840s. 

Other things to do at the Stockholm City Museum: Pose with Rose the Poodle, the museum’s bright pink mascot, then grab a guide for a “Millennium Walking Tour” to catch highlights of Stieg Larson’s world from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or sign-up for frequent gay heritage city walks and boat trips.

www.stadsmuseet.stockholm.se/In-English/ 

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The Royal Opera House

 

Kungliga Operan has been the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. You can visit Kungliga Operan as a member of the audience at one of the performances or take a guided tour. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the royal rooms, and peer down into the orchestra pit. Learn about the fascinating history of Kungliga Operan and get a glimpse of what backstage life is like today. Read more at www.operan.se

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Meanwhile, at the Vasa Museum

 

"Meanwhile" is an exhibition that sheds light on events around the globe in the first half of the 17th century. In 1628, when Vasa is built and sinks, the world is a place where large ships sail across the oceans and the world map takes shape. People travel and connect both willingly and unwillingly. Contacts are formed over continents. Ideas, goods and diseases spread. Conflicts arise. Meanwhile – in another place, shows fragments of events from this world. Beneath a tree in the Chinese capital city, the Emperor takes his life. An Indian princess dies after having delivered her 14th child. In the midst of the burning war at La Rochelle, a soldier remembers the scent of his newborn daughter. In the Russian Taiga, a serf has run away to escape his master. A widow crosses a yard on the Westman Islands, her keys dangling from her hip. 

The stories are small pieces of a great mosaic from times characterised by the meetings of civilisations. Meetings that change the world.

Read more about the exhibition at www.vasamuseet.se

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Stockholm Syndrome

 

Even our hotels are steeped in cultural and historical significance. Did you know that the term Stockholm Syndrome comes from a bank robbery in Stockholm in 1973 when the hostages sided with the hostage takers? The drama took place at the bank Kreditbanken, which today is the Nobis Hotel.

Nobis Hotel is a contemporary luxury hotel and its understated modern elegance is spread over two 19th century buildings. Just steps from some of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment options, it’s an excellent choice for discerning travelers of both the business and pleasure ilk.

Nobis Hotel

Norrmalmstorg 2-4, +46 8 566 322 00

www.nobishotel.com

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The above ideas are excerpts from the fabulous Gay and Lesbian Network blog, with the inside track on what’s hot in Stockholm for LGB people. To find out more, visit gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com or join the facebook page at facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, PRESS TRIPS, IMAGES etc, please contact Uwern Jong, Boutique Marketing, 0203 286 3170 – uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk

Thursday
Jan302014

LIVE AND LET LOVE

THOUSANDS OF SWEDES SING RUSSIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, in support of Russian LGBT people. A film project, called LIVE AND LET LOVE, is a Swedish contribution to the debate concerning LGBT, human rights and the winter games in Sochi, Russia.

Director and conductor of the project, Sean Kelly, is in London, UK, Jan 30th through Feb 1st, to premier the film and interview with CNN.

In summer 2013, newspapers and TV news programs, more and more frequently, told the stories of how the situation for LGBT people in Russia had become increasingly frightening, dangerous and desperate. Young teens had been abducted, forced to perform fellatio on bottles, being filmed and then published on YouTube, to be ridiculed and laughed at publically. Even though their perpetrators were showing their faces in the videos, the Police did nothing. The public opinion in Russia is moving towards more discriminating for LGBT people, and the Russian legislators are too. A law that prohibits “gay propaganda” was passed in the Duma. In effect this means that schools are not allowed to teach about homosexuality, gay couples can’t even hold hands publically without facing the police enforcement or being abused by citizens. Freedom of speech is gone. People are being forced to live in the closet.

Other laws were planned, but not passed yet, such as the one where the Russian state is given the right to remove a child from its home, if the parents are not straight. We who made the film LIVE AND LET LOVE were all saddened and upset about what was happening and decided to protest. The Russian Anthem is one of the world’s most beautiful anthems, filled with pride, melancholy and strength to show the true sentiment of the Russian people. Although not every Russian feels proud when they hear it.

For many Russians the song has been a symbol of oppression. However, the lyrics of the song were changed in year 2000 and in 2009 a poll showed that 56% of respondents felt proud when hearing the anthem, and that 81% liked it. Still there are many people of Russia, who are not able to sing the song with pride, among them many millions of LGBT people. It is their anthem too, but the state is criminalizing their lives.

Being a singer as well as a choir conductor Sean Kelly, the initiator of the project, suggested protesting using the Russian National Anthem, making it a proud song for people of all colour and orientation. Singing for those who can’t.

A website was set up with lyrics, sheet music and mp3-files for people to practice to. Choirs of Stockholm were contacted and asked to join. A Facebook event was created that thousands of people liked and shared, ending up with 2000 people joining in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm on the 6th of October 2013. (Where the Olympic summer games were held in 1912). The song was filmed and has been edited to a short film of 4 min.

In the film, people of all colours and orientation are gathering. We see gay couples, straight couples, best friends and rainbow families. And the thousands of allies to the idea that being LGBT is perfectly normal and should be embraced fully by the people.

The rainbow flag is not forbidden in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm; on the contrary, and we were more than welcomedby the City of Stockholm, owner of the Stadium. The LGBT issue has finally become an issue of human right and since the LGBT community percent wise is so small, it is absolutely necessary to have allies who will fight for the human rights for LGBT. This is happening in many countries, which is great news, however many countries are moving in the opposite direction. Russia being one of them.

People around the world are encouraged to create their own rainbow version of the Russian National Anthem and publish on YouTube. The anthem becomes a rainbow anthem.

For more information, visit www.liveandletlove.se Press login: let love
CONTACT and interviews: info@liveandletlove.se, Sean Kelly phone: +46 73 642 71 00

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