Entries in Gay Sweden (5)

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.

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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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Monday
Jul282014

IT'S PRIDE WEEK IN STOCKHOLM!

It’s Pride week here in Stockholm and we’re gearing up for Scandinavia’s biggest LGBTQI Pride Festival. But on a normal day, there’s so much to be proud of here. So we're thrilled to feature a few special Pride related nuggets from our proud city.

 

MEET SANDRA EHNE, PRESIDENT OF STOCKHOLM PRIDE

 

On the Stockholm Gay and Lesbian blog this month at gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com, you can get acquainted with Sandra Ehne, President of Stockholm Pride. Despite her being a busy bee this month, she took time out of her schedule to speak with us, and we asked her about everything from where she finds her inspiration, to what not to miss in Stockholm. Read the whole interview here. More about Stockholm Pride 2014.


MORGAN’S STOCKHOLM

“We hold hands and kiss just like everybody else who’s in love.” Morgan.

Rather than showing the classic image of Stockholm, ten Stockholmers have been asked by Stockholm Visitors Board as part of their mainstream campaign, to share their thoughts about the city they love. Neither attractions nor classic views are on display. Instead, ordinary Stockholmers openly discuss their love for Stockholm, their interests, their relationship to the city and how they live here. 

The ten videos feature people like Jonas the geocacher, Madde the skateboarder, Sam the runner, Öivind the grandfather, and Otilia, who found love on the subway. But our favourite here is Morgan’s story – a gay man who believes Stockholm is the greatest gay city on earth and recently married his husband on a church on Södermalm.  The videos conclude with the hashtag #mystockholm and the pay-off “What’s yours?”.

View Morgan’s story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ch7kPt373w

 

PROUD TO EAT


One other thing we’re really proud of here in Stockholm is our food. Stockholm has experienced a culinary boom the last couple of years. Now everything, it seems, evolves around food. New venues are opening one after another. A block or two away from the tourist track you will find some of the most interesting places in town right now. Here are our tips!

 

Vigårda

Vigårda is a fast food restaurant located in the shopping center Mood. We like the interior as much as the food! It’s a stylish, affordable, fast food BBQ restaurant with delicious food. Vigårda is – fast food as we like it! http://vigarda.se/

 

Brasserie Le Rouge

There’s no Swedish minimalism at this place. Visiting the restaurant Le Rouge is like stepping into French fin-de-siecle. Classic French and Italian composed menus are served here, and tradition is more important than trendiness. Don’t miss the bar next door, Le Bar Rouge, which has quickly become one of Stockholm’s most popular hang-outs! http://lerouge.se/

 

Orangeriet

This convivial cocktail bar and outdoor cafe is located on Norr Mälarstrand seafront. The bartenders are topnotch, and the stylish décor is reminiscent of English gardens. The high level of ambition and attention to detail are familiar from Melker Andersson’s other restaurants. http://orangerietbar.se/

 

SLEEP NO MORE

To celebrate Stockholm Pride 2014 (28 July to 2 August) the Berns is hosting its own epic party. Packed with international and local acts from the world’s LGBT scene, Berns’ celebrations get going as soon as ‘The Queen of Europe’, Conchita Wurst, has opened Pride - at Östermalms IP AKA Pride Park on Wednesday, 30 July - with revellers heading to the hotel’s newly-launched gay club night, ‘Glory’.

Then, on Saturday, the real party starts. Kick off an unforgettable evening at Berns’ chandeliered concert hall, Stora Salongen, which promises a wild and insanely-fun night of cutting-edge music and unforgettable atmosphere - courtesy of London-based GutterSlut - featuring renowned DJs such as Per QX, Nic Fisher and Ralf Obergfell. UK DJ club collective,Horse Meat Disco, will also be pumping out exciting tracks in the hotel’s Spegelsalen, or pop downstairs to Berns’ own basement nightclub, Gallery 2.35:1 (open for one night in the summer only), for a live set from resident DJ Staffan Lindberg and DJ Boris -  a popular fixture of Berlin club life.

www.berns.se/en

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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

 

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Thursday
Jul102014

OH THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS...

It’s the height of summer in the land of the midnight sun and the arctic landscape transforms to a beautiful summer paradise awashed with sunshine, and with so much daylight, not to mention incredible summer weather, this really is the time to get out there, explore and experience what this less-visited and magical part of Sweden has to offer. Not to mention that Sweden is one of the most LGBT-progressive countries in the world, celebrating five years of full gay marriage this year – and even in its provinces, there is a friendly, live and let live attitude. It really is the perfect getaway from the gay city life. So whether you’re with a group of friends off on an adventure, or loved-up and ready to propose, or celebrating your honeymoon, or even a modern family looking for somewhere really unique, take it from us, you’re going to fall in love with Swedish Lapland. Swedish Lapland is a getaway that will move your mind. You can escape the rat race and join our Arctic life all year round, with each season providing something different.

Photo: Nicholas Strom

The Great Outdoors:

You may perceive Swedish Lapland to be something straight out of a scene from Frozen. Fair enough, because in the winter, it is a magical icy wonderland, but in the summer it couldn’t be more different. Picture the setting, beautiful Swedish countryside, glowing landscapes and home to some incredible outdoor activities. Whatever your flavour – pick from sea kayaking, hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting or fishing, we have it all. Jopikgården on the Lulea Archipelago is a breathtaking base to explore and get stuck in.

The Treehotel is a magnificent and once-(maybe twice)-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ve probably seen it on countless Pinterest boards, bucket lists and glossy travel magazines. Set in a pristine forest, in the charming village of Harads, luxury pods appear in the trees like something from a movie – each with its own distinct design that we guarantee will make you gasp out loud. It is just one of those things you have to see to believe. They have also recently opened the Dragonfly, the world’s largest treehouse, serving up locally produced format food. Whilst it’s still like going back into mum’s house and enjoying a home-cooked meal after playing in the tree-house all day, there is something unworldly about it.

A summer BBQ, but not as you know it:

Swedish Lapland is a foodie’s paradise – with locally sourced and prepared culinary delights that will surprise even the most gourmet’d city-slicker. Fresh arctic char, reindeer, elk, bleak roe caviar and cloudberries will whet your appetite just to start. And since the days of the Vikings, the Swedes have been known to be well-travelled, so you’ll see some tasty global influences creeping in with food artistry that could challenge London.

Further information:

www.facebook.com/swedishlapland
www.youtube.com/user/swedishlapland
www.twitter.com/swedishlapland
instagram.com/swedishlapland

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGERY, contact Uwern Jong @ Boutique Marketing - uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk - +44 203 286 3170

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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