Fotografiska – Anders Petersen

© Anders Petersen / courtesy Galerie VU'

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.




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


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.




Banbury Cross (from SBF 2013) – Image: John-Paul Bichard

Fräulein Frauke and John Paul Bichard Proudly Presents the 4th International Stockholm Burlesque Festival – a “Smörgåsbord of Sin”!
October 10 & 11 2014

Established in 2010 by Duchess Dubois and The Amazing Knicker Kittens, the forth incarnation of the Stockholm Burlesque Festival will be more extravagant than ever! A fun-filled weekend packed with tease, humor, politics and glamour in the two historical and beautiful venues Södra Teatern and Nalen. 


Itty Bitty Tease Cabaret (from SBF 2013) – Image: John-Paul Bichard


Tigger – Image: John-Paul Bichard

Cinema Queer International Film Festival


Get ready for Sweden’s largest queer film festival!

The 9-12 of October Cinema Queer presents some of the best Swedish and international queer films, arranges talks and parties!

Tickets: 75 sek (can be bought here)
Film pass: 300 sek 

October 9 
19.00 Inauguration: Reaching for the Moon
Where? Högalidskyrkan

October 10
18.00 Of Girls and Horses
20.00 The Case against 8
Where? Bio Rio

October 1
10.30 Childrens’ movie for the rainbow family
Where? Bio Rio

14.00 Pierrot Lunaire
Where? Storkyrkobadet

17.00 We Are Not In Kansas Anymore (kortfilm)
18.30 Al Nisa – Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca
19.30 Samtal: Queer och Islam
21.00 Born in Flames
Where? Galleri Bon

12 oktober
13.00 Folkbildningsterror + Q&A
16.00 Queer India (kortfilm)
18.00 Tom at the Farm
20.00 Feel Like Disco
Where? Galleri Bon

All subtitles in English.

Photo: Christian Hagward

Cinemaqueer was founded by Oscar Eriksson and Melissa Lindgren who has worked in culture for a number of years in different projects. Read the interview with Oscar and Melissa>>


3 X Shopping in Södermalm


SIVLETTO, Malmgårdsvägen 16-18
Visiting Sivletto is like stepping into the 1950s. Sivletto is a true lifestyle boutique with clothing and knickknacks, complete with a hairdresser and a café.


SANDQVIST, Swedenborgsgatan 3
Sandqvist designs bags and accessories for an urban lifestyle: items that are to be used every day. Durable materials are joined with minutely-worked details to provide an everyday functionality that remains true to the brand’s heart and soul.


A galleria where fashion and food meet. The labels include American Apparel, Whyred and Filippa K Man. Take a break from shopping at the popular eating spot Ljunggren, which offers well-prepared Asian food and yummy drinks.

Bike + Bicycle Film Festival Stockholm

Photo: Matti Östling

– October 5
An exhibition on the bike, one of our most beloved design objects. Around seventy bicycles are on display and visitors can try bikes from different eras.

FILM FESTIVAL: Bicycle Film Festival Stockholm
October 3-4Two days full of bike movies, a bike exhibition by Black Label Bicycle Club Stockholm and a cruise through the city of Stockholm. Afterparty at Bloms Café!

QX GayMap Stockholm

Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but gay and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm’s central districts. But the greatest concentration of gay bars and clubs is to be found in the trendy Södermalm district.

The best way to keep track of all events is to use the QX Gay Map, which covers clubs, restaurants and bars, and is available at 

Where to stay in Stockholm?

When in Stockholm you have to stay in style close to chic shops, trendy bars and fabulous nightlife! These hotels are all members of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network and located in the city center.

Clarion Hotel Sign

Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, +46 8 676 98 00
Truly, one of Stockholm’s most modern and trendy hotels stands for it’s name – it is a significant landmark for the city combining the best of Scandinavian architecture and design and creating a source of inspiration for the guests.  Unique, timeless and stylish décor makes you live and breathe Scandinavia! Enjoy a drink in a Spa bar on the roof with a breathtaking view over Stockholm or sing along with ABBA already in a hotel lobby and start you journey celebrating Scandinavia! Perfect central location in the very heart of the city will make your journey smooth and easy.

Nordic Light Hotel
Vasaplan 4-7, +46 8 661 86 00
Inspired by the unique magic of Scandinavian light, the Nordic Light Hotel serves up a multitude of light-themed perks, including Mood rooms with light beds than can be adjusted to fit your disposition (red for energy, blue for rest, or green for refreshing). If you still need more brightening, a light treatment will surely help, and can even be administered in-room.

Sheraton Hotel Stockholm,

Tegelbacken 6, 46-8-412 34 00
Nothing says good service as much as a hotel that looks to your every need. When a guest asked to have 19 white bear pelts delivered to his room, Sheraton hotel of course arranged it. The guest? The famous artist Prince of course. This five-star hotel is located in the very heart of Stockholm. After sleeping in one of the hotel’s 465 rooms, with their distinct Scandinavian design, you begin to understand why one guest stayed here for 25 years – in a row. Don’t miss Sheraton’s Fitness Center, the hotels gym, sauna and massage.

FIKA in Stockholm

In Sweden, friends often meet for fika, which means a coffee and a chat. Schedule in your fika to catch up on the gossip from the night before or meet new friends, and don’t forget to include a Swedish pastry.

Cafes worthy of a fika date include Drop CoffeeSnickarbacken 7, or get your Lisbeth Salander on and visit Mellqvist café, which is featured in Steig Lasson’s famous novels. Café Chokladkoppen in the Old Town is an institution within the gay community in Stockholm and also has a delicious food menu.