Stockholm Voices: Jessy Heuvelink

Jessy Heuvelink, Head of Design at J.Lindeberg 

Who inspires you?
People on the street, animals and nature in general.
If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
The Late Alexander McQueen, I have always been a great admirer of his work. I would take a boat trip into the archipelago and eat a wonderful lunch at Fjäderholmarna, stroll around Djurgården, visit the modern museum, eat dinner at Shibumi and wander the streets of Gamla Stan at night.

 

What is your favorite neighborhood?
Gamla Stan at night after a summer rain shower, when the streets are empty and wet and the moonlight casting its spell over the fairytale buildings, its magical and inspiring.

 

What is the best area to take a walk?
It depends on what you are after. I love taking walks on Djurgården and enjoy nature. But I also like to browse the streets of SOFO, Södermalm with its small boutiques, interior design stores, vintage stores café’s and restaurants.

 

Favorite museum?
The Modern Museum. Besides the amazing exhibitions I also love their amazing bookstore.

 

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
Depending on the season but summer times that has to be my favorite hang out spot

of all times Mälarpaviljongen. This floating garden overlooking lake Mälaren and the bridge Västerbron is a pure Stockholm gem.

 

Best lunch spot?
I like to stay with the classics and Sturehof never disappoints.

 

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
At the moment I am totally in love with Shibumi, Tokyo, NYC and Stockholm all in one..!

 

What is a good host/hostess gift?
You can never go wrong with Scented candles, Byredo, or Cire Trudon with their amazing green glass and gold foil label are to die for!

 

What’s the best bar in Stockholm?
I am not so much of a Bar kind of guy but I like to hang out at Bernies with its cool mix of people and international vibe.

 

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
I love NK, the best under one roof and especially the interior department is a must visit!

 

Best Swedish artist?
I am a big fan of ROBYN, so innovative and inspiring.

 

Last but not least, what are you proud of as a Stockholmer? Or when are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
Every morning when I cycle to work, early in the morning. I cycle towards The royal palace, I see this magnificent building moving towards me, the ever present water and the morning sun in my face. This always makes me extremely happy and glad to be living in Stockholm

Stockholm voices: Cinema Queer Int Film Festival

Cinema Queer Photo: Christian Hagward

Cinema Queer International Film Festival is the largest queer film festival in Sweden. It was founded by Oscar Eriksson and Melissa Lindgren who has worked in culture for a number of years in different projects. Melissa Lindgren is the program director at Tempo documentary festival and Oscar Eriksson is working at Folkets Bio, one of the main art house distributors in Sweden.

 

Who inspires you?
All the queer-activists in Stockholm who have and still are making this city into what it is. From the golden ladies to the new young generation of queers. We see them every day, we work with them and we party with them, they make up such an important part of Stockholm and they never stops inspiring us.

 

If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
We would like to sit down for a dinner with Judith Butler, have a drink with Margret Choo and go out dancing with Beyoncé.

 

What is your favorite neighborhood?
It is always hard to narrow it down to one, Stockholm has many fantastic neighborhoods. But if we have to pick one we would pick Hornstull. The area in the very outskirts of Södermalm has during the last 10 years transformed from a quite sleepy area, a bit rough around the corners, to a place with the most brilliant cafés, bars and restaurants. This area harbors one of Stockholm most important queer-institutions – Copacabana, a café that has been a queer mekka for many many years. It was also in this area where the legendary book store Hallongrottan was, where the feminist magazine Bang has it’s office and much more. All of this has made Hornstull in what it is today – a very queer- friendly and fun area to be in.

 

What is the best area to take a walk?
The area between Örnsberg to Bredäng, a fantastic walk along the water, during the summer you can take a break, take a swim in the water and continue your walk. Along the way you will find some of Stockholms true gems, cafés that are more or less hidden for people who don´t know that they exist. Café Lyran and Udd Villan are two amazing stops along the way that cant be missed!

 

Favorite museum?
It always comes down to the exhibitions that are on, always keep an eye on Moderna museet (Museum of modern art) but don´t miss the smaller galleries and the pop-up exhibitions in the suburbs of Stockholm. Konsthall C in Hökarängen, Tensta konsthall are always interesting and check what new is going on at Konstfack (The University College of Art, Crafts and Design in Telefonplan).

 

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
Copacabana in Hornstull and Lisas café in Sofo are two of the best places for a something sweet. Copacabana still has a steady queer crowd coming and at Lisas you will find cheap and really nice sweets.

 

Best lunch spot?
All around Hornstull new lunch spots has popped up the last few years, in the new mall you will find Aki Sushi, one of the best sushi spots in Stockholm, Bejing 8 has great dumplings and at Babel deli on Långholmsgatan you can find affordable Libanesse food!

 

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
Barbro in Hornstull has turned into our favorite spot the last few years, both for a drink (some of the bests in town), a dinner with a partner or a movie – it all works at Barbro. Great food, great staff and really nice atmosphere!

 

What is a good host/hostess gift?
The Swedish hipster loves anything original from your country. A micro-brewed beer, some nice cheese or maybe some other food – it all works!

 

What’s the best bar in Stockholm?
Once again we have to say Barbro, it really is our favorite spot it Stockholm! You can come when the place open at 5 or at 5 minutes before it closes around 1 and you will always find a nice crowd. The bar downstairs sometimes turns into a cinema, sometimes a club!

 

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
We are obsessed with thrift shops and the favorite one (a hidden gem) is Humana at Timmermansgatan. You can get your self a new dirdel, a pair of 80-ies shoes or why not a ball gown!

 

Best Swedish artist?
There are a lot of new Swedish hip hop women breaking at the moment, Lilla Namo and Silvana Imam are two really interesting Swedish artists that we really like!

 

Last but not least, what are you proud of as a Stockholmer? Or when are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
We are proud to be Stockholmer when we see the streets fills up with queers and feminists, during Pride and during first of May. When tens of thousands gather at a football field out in a suburb to protest against racism and when ordinary people take things in their own hands, come together and try and make a change. We are proud to be Stockholmers when we see a Swedish feminist party being voted in to the European parliament and we are proud when when we see how solidarity is growing for each day.

 

Stockholm Pride 2014

More than half a million people and a dead king can’t be wrong: Stockholm Pride is a perfect celebration of LGBT culture.

The festivals mix of party, politics and culture turns this summer hot capital into a bustling city painted in the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it was first held in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown to become Stockholm’s largest annual festival, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia.

The week-long festival culminates in the annual Stockholm Pride parade with more than 50,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators who gather to watch the procession of Viking Bears and butches, boy toys and drag queens, gay Christians and gay policemen … you name it!

And the aforementioned dead king? Well, the extravagant king Gustav III (1746-1792) would have loved the parade, which is why it stops at his statue, located below the Royal Palace, and lays a wreath of flowers at his feet.

http://stockholmpride.org

Stockholm voices: Jessica W. Sandberg

Jessica W. Sandberg is a PR strategist, lecturer and DJ. Jessica is responsible for some of the world’s most attention-garnering PR campaigns, including #GoWest, which called out Putin’s views on LGBTQ individuals and violations against human rights; “Bögbyrån”, or “Homo Bureau”, when the major Swedish newsagent Pressbyrån changed names to LGBTQ abbreviations during Stockholm Pride, and How Hetero, which got the world to test how heteronormative their social media channels are. In addition to working with PR, Jessica is a frequently consulted debater and lecturer on CSR, children’s rights issues and communications.

 

Who inspires you?
Many strong and prominent women have a spot on the list. Two examples are Anna Ryott, CEO of Swedfund, and Tilde de Paula, by far the most capable, pleasant and empathetic television host in Sweden.

 

If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
I would love to spend a day with Michael Moore. We would start the day with a fantastic breakfast at Grand Hotêl. Of course, he would be here during Stockholm Pride and on parade day, he would get to ride on Stadsteatern’s awesome float, on which I’m a DJ. He would get to see a Stockholm that he wouldn’t ever be able to experience otherwise. We would finish the night at “Ett Hem” with hot drinks in front of the fire, talking about the US, Sweden, and the world we live in. During a luxurious brunch the next day, we would decide to come up with a project to work on together.

 

What is your favorite neighborhood?
Södermalm, especially the area called Knivsöder in Stockholm, with Mariatorget (whatever you do, don’t miss the amazing view of Stockholm’s waters from Mariaberget) and Hornstull as the absolute best places.

 

What is the best area to take a walk?
Årstaviken is hard to beat, with the beautiful water, the people, the reggae café in the midst of it all, and so many places to pause, enjoy the setting and catch a moment of sun.

 

Favorite museum?
Nothing beats Fotografiska in my opinion. Amazing exhibits and something for most artistic tastes.

 

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
Gamla Enskede Bageri. You won’t find better cinnamon buns and chocolate balls than there. It’s incredibly worth the 20-minute subway trip. And while you’re there, take the chance to walk around and soak up the beautiful surroundings and lovely houses.

 

Best lunch spot?
Restaurang Riche on Östermalm. You’re paying for the setting. But the prices are kind of soaring. Delikatessen Bistro Bar on Krukmakargatan is more affordable. It’s a small, intimate place with a friendly staff and fabulous food.

 

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
For a great and slightly sticky experience, everyone should visit Fondueboden on Vandadisvägen. If you’re not a fondue fan, I recommend Lebanese at Tabbouli – BUT, make sure you go to the one in Mariatorget. Its sister locations don’t deliver as desired.

 

What is a good host/hostess gift?
I want to stand up for daring to go past the normative and alcohol-enriched bottles of wine. Obviously, it’s always best if you know the host or hostess and can customize your gift, but otherwise I think a particularly nice box of chocolates or a book are nice gifts. Personally, I’m happy with a Coca-Cola Light.

 

What’s the best bar in Stockholm?
Barbro in Hornstull, Urban Deli on Nytorget and Gondolen (Stockholm’s best non-alcoholic drinks) by Slussen.

 

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
All the small shops with vintage and antique things. This category also has the trendier – and thus overpriced but still wonderful – Brandstationen, Grandpa and Dusty Deco.

 

Best Swedish artist?
One little gem I recommend to everyone is synth-pop group SAFT, who were active in the 90s; also, Miriam Bryant is an incredible girl who should be on everyone’s playlist.

 

Last but not least, what are you proud of as a Stockholmer? Or when are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
Our beautiful nature and the archipelago is something we should all be proud of and fight to preserve. We should all take responsibility by being conscious of how environmental destruction and the weakened ozone layer pose a risk of completely robbing us of it in the future – on both a large and small scale; that is, not just in connection to Stockholm and Sweden.

POLARI – New gay club Saturdays at Berns

The word Polari is a variant of Italian for parlare; to speak. It is a code language that was used by gays, actors, circus and fairground showmen, merchant navy sailors, criminals and prostitutes in the 1950′s and 60′s London. Every Saturday Berns invite you all to speak their language in Stora Salongen. The resident DJ’s Pjotr and Staffan Lindberg have invited some of the most interesting and FUN artists in the industry of dance music. Every Saturday Polari promise you gold so come on down! 21.00 – 05.00.

Berns, Address: Berzelii Park

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?608938

 

Stockholm voices: Jakob Jansson

Jakob Jansson is a Swedish design/production professional and human rights fighter. Together with business partner Thérèse Renner he runs his own production agency No Ordinary 12 where he works with image improving creative direction, set design, fashion events as well as photography production. When not producing for clients such as the Modern Museum, Louis Vuitton and Forsman & Bodenfors he is fully devoted to the role as President for EuroGames Stockholm 2015, one of the largest pro LGBTQ events in the world.

 

Who inspires you?
For work and life in general I could say the Empress of Fashion Diana Vreeland was one hell of a woman. The same goes for Annie Leibovitz, Greg Louganis or Björk. But I tend to find inspiration wherever I go and from all kinds of people. I get inspired by those who stand up for the weaker, nurture the nature and treat their family with love and respect.

 

If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
That would be reviving Robert Mapplethorpe, Diana Vreeland or Marlon Brando from death followed by a hosted dinner at home with my family or friends. An evening topped with some liquid nightcaps at bars and restaurants around town. The rest of the day would of course be put aside for outfit scouting and preparing a kick ass dinner.

 

What is your favorite neighborhood?
A bit corny but definitely my own neighborhood in Södermalm, which is right next to Mariatorget and perfectly in between the too much hipster areas of SoFo and Hornstull. From me you can stroll up to Monteliusvägen, Tantolunden or the water promenade as well as spend the evening at Häktet, Södra Teatern or an entire morning glossing through the latest esthetic magazines at Papercut.


Favorite museum?
Tough one. Färgfabriken and Magasin 3 for their unexpected material and great hand picking of wonderful artists. Artipelag for the combination with tranquilising surroundings. And off course the Modern Museum. For a more historic feeling I visit Waldemarsudde or Thielska Galleriet.

 

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
The city’s best coffee (as well as eco-friendly) is served at Drop Coffee, Wollmar Yxkullsgatan. For sweets just have some Swedish “smågodis” at the local grocery store.

Best coffee = Drop Coffee, Best place = Snickarbacken 7, Best bakers = Riddarbageriet

 

Best lunch spot?
Best food = the vegetarian dishes at Teatergrillen or anything at Zink Grill
Best view = the restaurant at Fotografiska
Best crowd = for eye candy pop by Snickarbacken 7

 

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
For the divine combination of homey, locally produced and great food go to Bistro Süd where you either start or end your evening with a glass of bubbly and a “Plopp” on the side. For the best plate in town you bribe a local for a spot at Lilla Ego which is completely booked months in advance. Other good choices are Adam & Albin, Mathias Dahlgren – Matbaren or BonBon.

 

What is a good host/hostess gift?
Anything with a personal touch or with a proper thought behind it. If made right it will truly astonish people. But there is always the easy way out: the vase Ekollon from Svenskt Tenn, some fresh flowers from Kristoffers Blommor, any magazine, book or film from Papercut or why not some a second hand findings from Myrorna in Skärholmen, Beyond Retro by Zinkensdamm, Stadsmissionen in Vasastan or Brandstationen at Krukmakargatan.

 

What are the best bars in Stockholm?
Häktet, Marie Laveau, Södra Teatern, Corner Club and the newly opened Musikaliska.

 

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
The question that definitely won’t be answered in anything but plural, my list:

Nitty Gritty/Grit Girl – the ultimate edgy basics shop
JUS – contemporary fashion
Brandstationen – vintage interior
Svenskt Tenn – luxurious interior/decorations/afternoon tea
Myrorna Skärholmen – vintage, the lot
Papercut – magazines/books/movies
Sneaskers n’ Stuff – street shoe heaven
NK – the Swedish and very modest version of Bergdorf & Goodman
Antikt, gammalt och nytt – vintage, acrylic and glass jewelry galore
Moderna Museet – the museums own combined gift/design shop

 

Best Swedish artist?
When it comes to music I am heavily devoted to Alice Boman, Amason, Azure Blue, Robyn and Saturday, Monday at the moment. If we are talking art there is no one like Linn Fernström, Waldersten and Peter Lindbergh.

 

Last but not least, what are you proud of as a Stockholmer? Or when are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
Being both patriotic and narcissistic I will have to say every time I think about that we are about to arrange and host EuroGames Stockholm during the 5-9th of August 2015 with its full range program of cultural, political and sport events. To be able to support human and lgbtq rights and strive for a better world with one of the best coordinating teams in the world is truly amazing and kind of a daily blessing.

@jakejansson, @noordinary12, @eurogamessthlm

 

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.

Hotel Skeppsholmen
Gröna Gången 1, +46 8 407 23 00
www.hotelskeppsholmen.com
On a peaceful and lush island in the middle of the bustling city lies a more than 300 year old house. This rural setting is the home of award winning Hotel Skeppsholmen, a modern and eco-friendly hot spot situated on the waterfront. The hotel has 81 rooms to offer and a popular restaurant – and because modern design permeates throughout the hotel the staff’s work uniforms are sponsored by the Swedish brand Acne.

Berns Hotel
Näckströmsgatan 8, +46 8 566 322 00
www.berns.se
Dance the night away at the club in the basement, eat at one of the two restaurants or go see a concert – all under the same roof. This chic art deco hotel has a lot to offer and attracts celebrities like Noomi Rapace, Bill Gates, Rihanna and Dalai Lama.
With majestic decor and stunning chandeliers, Berns offer you an exclusive environment located in an anonymous alley right in the heart of Stockholm.

 

Hilton Stockholm Slussen
Guldgränd 8, +46 8 517 353 00
www.hilton.com
This hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm, just between trendy Södermalm and medieval Old Town. If you find yourself in one of the rooms facing north you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the gateway to Stockholm’s ridiculously beautiful archipelago. In the morning, you must try their famous breakfast and also taste their very own honey, which is produced on the hotels terrace, in the middle of the city, by 100.000 bees. In the evening you can relax in the hotels jacuzzi – after your workout in the gym.

 

For more hotels that are members of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network visit http://gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com/hotels/

Stockholm Voices: Sandra Ehne

Meet Sandra Ehne, President of Stockholm Pride. We asked her about everything from where she finds her inspiration, to what not to miss in Stockholm.

Who inspires you?
All the young women I have around me, leading associations and projects, being amazingly strong in a world where it is still expected of a leader to come in the shape of a middle-aged man.  We need each other to be able to do our job and fight prejudice and power structures.

 

If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
Oh, I would have to say Selma Lagerlöf, including a bit of time travel on my side. I would love to hear about her Stockholm and Sweden, about the fight for the right to vote, about being one of the greatest authors of her time and being a lesbian in a time when, well, it wasn’t accepted at all but still possible to hide under the radar.

 

What is your favorite neighborhood?
I am in love with Hornstull, the far western parts of Södermalm, for me it’s impossible not to be, with its combination of roughness and new cafés and bars. It is also quite like home after spending the last four years in Hägersten right outside of the overcrowded Södermalm.

 

What is the best area to take a walk?
Keep on walking over one of the bridges from Hornstull, there are a bunch of them! You will either reach Liljeholmen and get to Gröndal and Vinterviken, or you can choose Långholmen or Västerbron, or why not the huge red bridge over to Årsta. Just keep on walking, our famous water is everywhere.

 

Favorite museum?
Moderna Museet. I am way too young to have had a member card for years, but that is the truth. Modern Art Museums are my churches; I walk in and take a deep breath of light and art, independent of where I travel. And we have one of the best ones!

 

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
Copacabana in Hornstull, the rainbow flag is always up and the vegan sandwiches served in an environment that is just like home.

 

Best lunch spot?
Except for it being absolutely overcrowded, I will have to say Svenska Sushiköket and Svenska Hamburgerköket in Midsommarkransen. For something more centrally located, don’t miss the restaurant in Medelhavsmuseet.

 

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
Judith & Bertil, always, in Hornstull.

 

What is a good host/hostess gift?
Flowers, always bring flowers! They are ridiculously expensive here, being up in the north, so the luxury of having fresh flowers in the apartment always makes me happy.

 

What’s the best bar in Stockholm?
I am a fan of the old beer hall feeling like Kvarnen and Pelikan, with the possibility to sit at the bar or have something to eat and just look at people in a place reeking of history

 

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
I actually try not to shop, but always end up with bags in my hands anyways, mostly porcelain and books from the cheaper second hand stores though, like Stadsmissionen. I love the hunt for the perfect thing that someone else has missed to dig up.

 

Best Swedish artist?
Robyn. The answer will always be Robyn!

 

Last but not least, what are you proud of as a Stockholmer? Or when are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
During the week of Stockholm Pride! The whole city comes together and people travel in from all over to celebrate, party and debate. Together we show ourselves and everyone else that a more open and pluralistic world is an actual possibility.

This is Morgan’s Stockholm. What’s yours?

“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 to share about their home town. 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. The videos conclude with the hashtag #mystockholm and the pay-off “What’s yours?”. The aim of the campaign is to attract more visitors to Stockholm.

Today’s film is about Morgan’s Stockholm. Morgan speaks about his love for Stockholm and life here as a gay man, and that he and his husband got married in a church on Södermalm.

To see all the films, visit www.visitstockholm.com/mystockholm

Where to eat in Stockholm?

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/