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!
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.