Stockholm International Poetry Festival

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The Stockholm International Poetry Festival ser­ves as a mel­ting pot where the writ­ten word meets music, dance and per­for­mance, and cre­a­tes somet­hing new. The festival is hos­ted at Södra Teatern, Stockholms stadsbibliotek, and the Nobel Museum November 25-30.

The main event of the festival is hosted at Södra Teatern, Thursday, November 27, with poetry, dance, music and performances. Participants: Abdellah Taïa, Morocco, Halyna Kruk and Serhij Zjadan, Ukraine, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, USA, Kim Hyesoon, South Korea, Olga Ravn, Denmark, Tomasz Różycki, Poland, Frida Hyvönen, Helena Boberg och Rikard Wolff, Sweden. Artistic leader and conferencier: Madeleine Grive.

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Abdellah Taïa has been celebrated and awarded for his poetical prose in French. He has gained a lot of attention as the first open gay author and director in the Arab world. He was born in Morocco and is currently living in Paris. In his books, he often returns to the neighbourhood and experiences of Salé, the hometown of his childhood. Feeling culturally starved, he moved to Paris to study film and learn French in 1998, when he was twenty-five years old. When he openly spoke about his sexuality in 2006, he was officially condemned in his home country, where homosexuality still is illegal. Bloggers demanded that he would be stoned.

At Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Taïa performs together with Rikard Wolff, who interprets him in Swedish.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski from Brooklyn is a transgender poet, does Vaudeville shows and has an own country band; Juan & the Pines. For the first time Julian is coming to Sweden to be introduced to a Swedish audience.

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NK – Nordiska Kompaniet

Steeped in tradition, NK is Stockholm’s most luxurious department store, established 1902.The store’s six levels house over one hundred separate departments, each with its own distinct personality. International brand names, such as Hermès and Mulberry share space with well-known Swedish brands including J Lindeberg, Filippa K, Acne, and Anna Holtblad. Besides Swedish and international fashion NK also offer cosmetics, jewelry, crystal, ceramics, design, fine foods and much more. www.nk.se

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Time for brunch

Stockholmers love spending a couple of hours on the weekend having brunch with friends or family.There are many places to choose from when deciding where to go, and that makes is easy to find the place perfect for the mood you’re in. Here is a selection of great brunches that we like.

With a view
Fåfängan
With the location on a hill and with unobstructed views over the city and the harbor, Fåfängan is always a very nice place. On the weekends however, they pull out their trump card: a mouth-watering array of brunch dishes. Gluten-free.

Meet the locals
Kvarnen
Legendary restaurant, bar and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Good mix of dishes with Swedish flavors and perhaps the best Bloody Mary in town.

Culture
Fotografiska
Fotografiska boasts both extraordinary views over Stockholm and first class photography exhibitions. Combine this with their nice brunch and you have yourself a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

The veteran
Hotel Rival
Hotel Rival is a long runner in brunch-Stockholm and has consistently provided hungry guests with a generous and well-prepared brunch buffet in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Weather permitting; enjoy your meal on the balcony overlooking the park.

Asian
Berns
This chic design and boutique hotel is a legendary venue for entertainment in Stockholm. In their historic grand dining hall, a popular Asian-style gourmet buffet is served every weekend.

Urban nature
Hotel Skeppsholmen
When crossing the bridge over to Skeppsholmen Island you leave the bustling city behind you and enter a calm oasis. The delicious brunch buffet offered at Hotel Skeppsholmen is just as soothing as the surroundings.

Trendy
Urban Deli
This grocery store meets deli meets bar meets restaurant in the heart of Sofo is a lively meeting place with cool design and great produce. Join the crowd for a high quality meal, either from the a la carte-menu or one of the special brunch dishes.


Stockholm International Film Festival 2014

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2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Stockholm International Film Festival.

The Stockholm Film Festival is one of the leading film festivals in Europe and a dream come true for all cineasts. Hundreds of movies from all around the world are presented in different cinemas around Stockholm on November 5-16.

This years’ Stockholm Achievement Award goes to the American actress Uma Thurman. She will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive Face2Face.

If you are a true fan of Uma Thurman and Tarantino, don’t miss the big party at Marie Laveu on November 12. When Jameson Cult Film Club shows Pulp Fiction at the Marie Laveau, it’s the closest you’ll get to Jack Rabbit Slim’s within Stockholm’s borders. It’s not unreasonable to envisage meeting Mia Wallace or Vincent Vega on the dance floor, absorbed in a frenetic dance competition. Read more>>

www.stockholmfilmfestival.se

 

 

 

Spas in Stockholm

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Try different types of hot and cold baths, have a refreshing spa treatment, or get a classic Swedish massage. Swimming and saunas are part of Swedish tradition, so why not try some classic bath houses. Here is a selection of spas and bath houses in Stockholm.

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Selma Cityspa
Selma Cityspa, a branch of the highly regarded Selma Spa in Värmland, is located at the top of the Clarion Sign Hotel. Selma Cityspa offers spa treatments, a gym, sauna, and a popular outdoor pool on the roof terrace. www.selmacityspa.se

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Sturebadet
Enjoy this luxury spa milieu from the 1800s with pool, exercise equipment, and spa treatments from head to toe. Parties of up to 20 persons can also hire the private Turkish bath floor. www.sturebadet.se

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Hasseludden Yasuragi
Japanese baths, rejuvenating activities, different treatments, and a very pleasant restaurant are offered here. Yasuragi is a holistic experience in an environment inspired by the best from Japan. www.yasuragi.se

 

For more spas and bathing in Stockholm, visit www.visitstockholm.com/en/See–do/Guides/Spas-and-bathing/

All Saints’ Day at the Woodland Cemetery

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Around All Saints’ Day, thousands of people visit the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm. The national holiday is celebrated with candles. Lots and lots of candles. Do not miss a visit to The Woodland Cemetery if you’re in Stockholm in the beginning of November.

When The Woodland Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården, was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original – a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.

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Today, The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

www.skogskyrkogarden.se

Fotografiska – Anders Petersen

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With a breathtaking riverside city view – in fact, one of the best in town – is the excellent Fotografiska, home to some of the region’s (and indeed the world’s) most exciting photographic exhibitions, many of them gay-slanted. Fotografiska’s top-floor bistro and its panoramic vistas are simply fabulous too.

Right now Fotografiska is showing the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen. Anders Petersen photographs what he feels. His pictures are not about the rich and the poor, but about something much more profound. They are about that which makes us human. Fotografiska presents one of our most important photographers in a solo exhibition spanning his first images at Café Lehmitz in 1967 to new works. There is no chronology, but there is a continuous theme. It is about encounters. And about being present. www.fotografiska.eu

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Hotel Hellsten

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Hellsten is like those classic gumball machines you can find at Supermarkets: all the colors of the rainbow, something for all taste buds – and really, really sweet. From the jazz nights in the bar and the exquisite conservatory used as breakfast room to the individually decorated rooms with specially designed beds that will improve your sleep – this hotel is perfect for everyone in search of impeccably good taste.

Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00
www.hellsten.se

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3 x Parks in Stockholm

In a city with as many parks as Stockholm, the shift in colors in the fall has quite an impact on the landscape. Spring and summer is of course the time for picnics and long walks, but when the leaves turn golden and red it´s just as beautiful! Here are three parks in Stockholm worth a visit.

Humlegården: Humlegården is a green oasis a stone’s throw from nightclub mecca Stureplan, in the middle of the exclusive Östermalm district.

Observatorielunden: The noise of the city seems infinitely far away in the grove on the hill. Observatorielunden is a green oasis only a stone’s throw from the throbbing pulse of Drottninggatan.

Djurgården: The green island of Djurgården, close to central Stockholm, is beloved by both Stockholmers and tourists. Djurgården is a calm oasis which has been royal land since the fifteenth century.