Entries in Sweden (12)

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

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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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Wednesday
Nov062013

ICE DAY FOR A WHITE WEDDING

WIN YOUR GAY-WEDDING AT THE ICEHOTEL

VisitSweden UK launches LGBT specific pages on Facebook and Twitter

To celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. 

This fantastic giveaway coincides with the launch of VisitSweden’s LGBT tourism presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The pages aim to provide fans and followers with up to date information on what’s hot for LGBT tourists to Stockholm, Gothenburg, West Sweden, Malmo, Skane and Swedish Lapland. 

The prize, sponsored by Swedish Lapland specialists Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL includes charter-flights for 2, 3 complimentary nights at ICEHOTEL (including one night’s stay in a unique ice room), a personalised wedding consultation with ICEHOTEL’s wedding concierge and some amazing added extras to make your celebration truly special. Discover-the-World will arrange your flight on their special charter and can also help book in any guests that you want to share your special day with at preferential rates.

Couples from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to pledge their love for each other. Already married or civil-partnered couples come to ICEHOTEL to have their union blessed in the celestially beautiful ‘ice church’ rebuilt each year (as is the hotel itself) by a different artist in the icy landscape. The serenity, purity and on-off design beauty of this setting make wedding vows and memories all the more lasting.

The wedding night can also be something truly special. Couples can spend the night surrounded by artwork made of ice and snow, by artists from all over the world who are not professional ice sculptors, but architects, graphic designers and film-directors. In the morning you will be awakened with a cup of hot lingonberry juice.

At the ICEHOTEL it never gets colder than –5 to -8ºC, regardless of the fact that the outdoor temperature sometimes drops down to -30º. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a bed built by ice blocks, a wooden frame, mattress and it is topped with reindeer skins. It is rebuilt each winter from scratch, reincarnated into a new design by a different creator.

To enter, link to www.visitswedenlgbt.com

The VisitSweden twitter page is @visitswedenlgbt

More about Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL at www.icehotel.co.uk

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Tuesday
Jun042013

MALMO, SWEDEN'S NEWEST LGBT-WELCOMING CITY

Malmö, a city reveling in the limelight of arguably the gayest music event in the world - the Eurovision Song Contest - has upped its game in welcoming gay and lesbian visitors, establishing itself as credible travel destination for LGBT people even after the quirky song contest has passed.

Besides the obvious and varied choices of gay and gay-friendly things to do (and weʼve provided a quick list of whatʼs in for LGBT people visiting the city at the end of this release), Malmö is the perfect citybreak choice for the discerning LGBT visitor because thereʼs so much more on offer in the heart of the city, let alone it being the gateway to the beautiful Skâne region.

 

ART LOVERS UNITE

Malmö is a great choice for those interested in cruising small art galleries. From local artists to international exhibitions, galleries like Kret, Galleri Rostrum and Makeriet offers something for everyone. 

The big news this summer, however is Malmö Nordic, the city’s major art initiative for 2013, a contemporary art event that opened earlier this month and runs through the summer until August 18th. Everyone from Malmö’s big art institutions to artist-run private galleries and public workshops are taking part, interpreting the theme and making their own contribution in the spirit of dynamism and diversity. www.malmonordic.se


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Malmö is the city for foodies… home to the gourmet district of Mollenvangstorget (affectionally known to locals as Mollan), a live open-air market with shops and restaurants catering to every tastes from every country in the world.

But the most talked-about restaurant in the city is the strangely named Bastard – with a trendy yet cozy bistro atmosphere, focus on fresh product and nose-to-tail approach to dining. A meat-lover’s paradise. What’s in the name? Well you’ll have to go and find out for yourself, but it just goes to show that the people of Malmö do have a sense of humour! www.bastardrestaurant.se

 

SHOPPER’S PARADISE

Malmö is known across the nation for its design culture and there are some really exciting places to hunt down pieces for your home. Check out Ohlsson and Gerthel and Formargruppen. But equally, this is the independent shopper’s mecca… in the area around the square Davidhallstorg you’ll find some of the trendiest and chic-est shops - among them is Tjallamall – a haven of all things vintage, plus some unique, hand-made single-pieces by the city’s up and coming designers. www.tjallamalla.com

And if bargain-hunting is more your style, don’t forget to drop into one of the city’s fleamarket. You’ll find one every Sunday at Drottningtorget.

 

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY

Malmö is a city with an intimate vibe – similar to Brighton, with its seafront location, modern architecture and diverse community. But ultimately, it is affordable, a vibrant city offering great value for money. You can stay in the city for under £100 a night in some comfortable digs, including the Rica Hotel and Master Johan.

www.rica-hotels.com www.masterjohan.se

 

For more specific things to do in Malmo, and updated shop, restaurant and art listings, please contact uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or visit the official tourist website at www.malmotown.com


LGBT LISTINGS

Hereʼs whatʼs in for LGBTs in Malmo..

 

PARTY

Wonk

One of Malmoʼs premier gay clubs Find out more at: www.wonk.se

 

CABARET

Cabaret Moulin

One of the best drag shows in Sweden, taking place just once a month at the Tango

Palace. www.cabaretmoulin.se

 

CHILL

Chez Madame

When (if) you’re all partied out, try out this gay-friendly eco-cafe in the heart of Malmo.

www.chezmadame.se

DINE

Moccasin Mat & Vin

A gay-friendly restaurant , delightfully combining simple food and luxurious cocktails, this is a versatile venue for all tastes.

 

NEW OPENING

From April 25th, Gothenburg’s staple, the Bee Kök & Bar will open as Malmö's newest gay venue. You will find it at Södra Förstadsgatan, this "straight-friendly" gay restaurant the food is great and the atmosphere unique, with alfresco dining options www.beebar.se

 

FLIGHTS

Ryanair flies from daily from London Stansted to Malmo Sturup with a journey time of just under two hours. www.ryanair.com

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Wednesday
May012013

GO GAY IN GOTHENBURG

The charmingly different Swedish city of Gothenburg offers a welcoming world of options for lesbian and gay city-breakers.

Gothenburg, Swedenʼs second largest city, is located on the west coast of the country and is home to ʻWest Prideʼ LGBT festival from 20 May to 2 June 2013. The city also plays host to popular music festival ʻWay Out Westʼ, featuring top international and local artists including Azelia Banks, Grimes, Bat for Lashes and Neil Young & Crazy Horse amongst many others. 

From a lesbian and gay standpoint, West Pride, albeit more intimate that its cousin in the capital, is unique that it is based around culture, highlighting the lives of LGBTs in the region in an artistic and cultural context. West Pride aims to create visibility to diversity in expression. Founded in 2007, the event has been growing from strength to strength and culminates in a parade and celebration on its closing Sunday, this year on the 2nd June. West Pride are also holding drop-in-gay-weddings on Saturday 1st June, couples can arrive without registering and be wedded at the festival. The long weekend preceeding is a fantastic time for LGBT people to visit the city.

Gothenburg is set in a truly beautiful landscape, the west-coast archipelago - a hidden gem, very easily reached by a 30-minute tram ride from the city centre. This offers something for those city-breakers who want to experience both urban chic and breathtaking rural beauty in one splendid city – and thereʼs even more for those looking for a versatile, extended holiday.

The city itself offers an array of activities, from fashion, arts and culture and some lip-smackingly amazing food (Gothenburg was appointed the ʻCulinary Capital of Swedenʼ 2012), to a vibrant gay and lesbian scene, including “Swedenʼs best gay club” ʻGossipʼ, voted by the countryʼs own QX magazine. Itʼs youthful, creative population (Gothenburg is home to the countryʼs largest university) are open-minded, welcoming, easy-going and genuinely natured. Gothenburg is the new hive of the creative arts with its upstart indie bands, home grown fashion-labels and alternative arts scene. All this for amazing value, as Lonely Planet recently billed Gothenburg as one of itʼs top 10 for good value.

Some key city highlights for 2013:

 

PARTY

BEE KÖK & BAR

The gay ‘headquarters’ of the city

 

EAT

BHOGA

An innovative restaurant run by Gustav Knutsson and Niclas Yngvesson, opened just a year ago and has already gained several awards, praised in the prestigious “World’s 50 best restaurants”.

 

SJöMAGASINET

Newly awarded Michelin star restaurant by Ulf Wagner and Gustav Trägårdh making it the 5th restaurant in the city to have Michelin stars.

 

SEE

‘Secret Love’ a Chinese art exhibition will be opened during the West Pride celebration at the Varldskuturmuseerna.

 

SHOP

Check out Vallgatan and its independent outlet-lined streets, best for fashion and homewares, where you’ll find the flagship store for home-grown brand NUDIE JEANS.

 

SLEEP

SCANDIC RUBINEN

A high-gloss, gay-friendly hotel with an international atmosphere located in the middle of Gothenburg´s main street, Avenyn.

 

FLIGHTS

From 13 May 2013, bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual airline will commence a new service between Birmingham international and Gothenburg with flights operating from Sunday to Friday. Fares are available from just £59 one way!

 

FOR MORE ON SWEDEN

Gothenburg, like all our Swedish cities are a fantastic destination, regardless of whether you’re gay, straight or like penguins (no, not in that way!). For more about our welcoming cities, visit www.visitsweden.com

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CITY, visit www.goteborg.com

 

RESOURCES

www.westpride.se 

www.wayoutwest.se 

www.visitsweden.com 

www.bmiregional.com

 

FOR LGBT PRESS INFORMATION, IMAGES, INTERVIEWS AND OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES, PLEASE

CONTACT: UWERN JONG at BOUTIQUE MARKETING +44 203 286 3170 or uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk