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Summer Festival Life

The Summer Festival life was a hazy dream..or was it?

With Autumn here, I find myself reminiscing of the summer past.

Way Out West

This summer I attended the Way Out West (WOW) festival in Gothenburg from the to 12th of August. For three days what felt like all of Sweden’s hipsters, party animals, musicians, vegans, young and old congregated at Slottskogen Forest.

Flower Power

A musician at the festival remarked that ‘Festivals are removed from current place and time, you get to be happy all day, everyday’. This couldn’t sum up WOW in better words.

The glitter, bubbles, freebies 😊, colours, music, sunshine and of course rain was like a scene out of the 70s Woodstock flower power era.

Summer Festival Life

#FlowerPowerEffect

Three flower bands were created and named according to an artist performing. There was Lana del rey, Frank ocean and Regina Spektor. It even included a mini photo shoot seen below.

Sania (Lana Del Rey), Anita and I (Frank Ocean)

The festival included some of the best moments I have ever experienced in my life. Seeing Frank Ocean, Band of Horses and Major Lazer were my biggest highlights.

Summer Festival Life

Environmental Sustainability

I am truly amazed by the level of environmental consciousness that the festival incorporated. This ‘vegan only’ festival also had MasterCard donate 5 school meals to the World Food Program timeserver someone blipped their card. They also had water stations with free re-fillable bottles . This truly shows that even a festival as big as way out west which had thousands of people can be Eco friendly.

Summer Festival Life

So whether it’s Summerburst, Way out West or Goteborg Kulturkalas . The summer festival experience should definitely make it to your study in Sweden bucket list!

Here is a recap of the Festival from Snapchat (@studyinSweden)

Until then. I’m looking forward to the leaves turning colour, bringing out my knit sweaters and finding a perfect Fika spot for some hot chocolate.

Check out a post I wrote last autumn on the colours of autumn.  Till then

From Sweden with Love

Göteborg film festival: the most important cinematographic event in Scandinavia

Have I ever mentioned how much I love cinema? Well, now you know that! It’s one of my passions and whenever I can, I always go and watch some good movies, possibly the independent ones.

Why cinema? I’m heading to the answer: today (Friday, 27 January) the most important and largest film festival in the whole Scandinavia is gonna start. And you know where? Here in Gothenburg, my city! That sounds simply wonderful.

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Since 1979, Gothenburg has been hosting this great event which has become even more larger over the course of the years. For moviegoers and people who just want to attend something different and particular, it’s a nice chance to get. Along with showing movies, during the festival it will be possible to attend to other related events, such as seminars, music, art, projects analysing new stuff progressing in the film industry, and many other interesting activities – concerning children too!

Participating at this festival would mean immersing in the sea of many international movies, as well as films coming from the Nordic region. Regarding the Scandinavian area, there’s a specific section within the festival called “Nordic Film Market”: basically, authorized personnel such as sales agents, distributors and festival programmers will get to know better the professional Nordic world of movies and TV productions.

Every year the Göteborg Film Festival shows hundreds of exciting films from all around the world during the ten festival days. We travel to every corner to check out the very best.

Jonas Holmberg, art director of Göteborg Film Festival

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Credits: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se

The single ticket prices varies from 65 sek to 90 sek, and you should be able to get a festival pass (50 sek) in order to have access to screenings as well as concerts, seminars, exhibitions, and free entry to the festival center at Pustervik. The pass is actually free for students – you should bring with you your Mecenat card

Here you can have a look at the large selection of movies that will be shown. I can reveal you that last week there was a kind of free preview for students, a movie from Argentina called “The Distinguished Citizen”. I decided to go and… according to me, is one of the best movies I’ve seen recently. I really loved the plot and the way the film director shot it, and also I can recall the great performance of the main actor, Oscar Martínez.

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Draken, Hagabion, Biopalatset, and some other as well: these will be the place where the movies will make your eyes shine, and your mind think.


Credits featured image: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se

Sónar Stockholm 2016.

Besides being a beautiful and historic city, Stockholm is also pretty decent in terms of the music scene. As you’d expect from the capital, it’s one of the big dates on any European tour for musicians, bands, singers and DJs. Even on a smaller underground level the high quality and originality of music in Stockholm makes it a haven for anyone with an appreciation for live music.

The festival line-up in Stockholm over the coming months is also filling up with Stockholm Love Affair, Summerburst, Weekend and then Popaganda 2016 rounding the season off in August. This trend in urban festivals attracted Spanish brand Sónar to start satellite events across the Nordic region with Reykjavik debuting in 2013, Stockholm in 2014 and Copenhagen in 2015. Now in its third cycle Sónar Stockholm 2016 was held on the outskirts of the city in Sickla’s industrial estate, Nobelberget.

The venue itself had the rawness of an abandoned warehouse injected with Sónar flare in lightning, installations and scaffold-construct bars. The main stage SonarClub lined by tiered staging encouraged dancing from an elevated viewpoint, and the Stockholm food trucks dotted around the outside SonarLab stage satisfied all those late night cravings.

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Friday night. The Black Madonna, from the birthplace of house music – Chicago, set the tone for the weekend. Her music transitions from deep house roots to disco to techno and back again, always keeping listeners active in anticipation and moving their feet.

Next up at SonarClub was Ida Enberg. Playing on home soil, she’s been a regular on the Stockholm scene when she first started playing in bars around the city aged 18. Now part of the Drumcode label, she laid down her hard and percussive techno sounds and heated up the floor for the headliner of the night Maya Jane Coles.

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Stepping out of SonarClub through industrial PVC door strips you entered the SonarHall. Here, away from the techno and dance, Yung Lean took to the stage and proved his credentials as Sweden’s supreme hip-hop export. With his grungy 2000s look, post-internet art effects and his collective named Sad Boys, its no surprise he’s become iconic in both Swedish and international rap communities. As expected his performance lived up to expectations.

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Squarepusher was the most unique act of the night. Dressed in grey and masked with a fencing helmet, the costume matched the space-age resonance within his music. Dubbed as a type of acid-techno / drill ‘n’ bass, the genre was powerful, fast and at times discordant with any musical norms I’ve ever experienced. Still, it was an exceptional performance and one I’ll remember. Highly recommended seeing live.

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Saturday night. Fatima Yamaha with his catchy synth melodies, looping beats and funky basslines got the whole crowd throwing shapes down on the dance floor. His energy and enthusiasm for his music was clear as he danced around his decks and the crowd sang out the tune to his hit ‘What’s A Girl To Do’. Easily my favourite act of the weekend.

The other highlight on Saturday was Hudson Mohawke. As a graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy, and making up one half of the trap duo TNGHT with multiple collaborations with Kayne West, this Glaswegian DJ/producer had the audience ready for something special – and it was. The highest energy performance of the festival, the crowd turned into a sea of chaos as huge drops of bass caused a storm amongst it. If you haven’t heard of Hudson Mohawke you’ll probably recognise his biggest hit ‘Chimes’ featured by Apple in an advert during 2014.

Even as a smaller satellite festival, this Stockholm edition still maintained the bold image of Sónar as a quality European festival with a twist of urban Sweden. At first, this year’s line-up didn’t seem as big as 2015 with the likes of Paul Kalkbrenner, SBTRKT and Jamie XX. However, 2016 still proved itself nonetheless through numerous unique and quality acts. Sónar Stockholm 2016 was an epic event and I hope it returns in 2017. If not, I suppose I’ll be off to Sónar Reykjavik?

Photography: Hilda Arneback