6 days. 600 acts. One week to go. The Stockholm city center transforms into a huge display of culture. Raw meets delicate, international meets domestic, and modern street meets classical stage. – High flying circus and crying mobsters at the main stage, a celebration of the Nordic sound at the new stage, a festival theme honoring Strindberg and several uniquely produced specialty programmes. And there is no admission.
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GAT - GUSTAV ADOLFS TORG
VOALA PROJECT – MUARE - (Tuesday 14/8, 22:00-22:45 & Wednesday 15/8, 22:00-22:45)
Voala Project’s show Muare is indescribable but we’ll try anyway! Acrobats dangle under a gigantic, surreal mobile construction, a group of parachutists create improbable shapes as they fall far above the surface of the earth. Muare is an unforgettable experience accompanied by the rock group Duchamp Pilot at GAT’s large stage.
CROONERS: WADLING/CARLSON/CLEVEMAN - (Friday 17/8, 20:00-21:30 )
Some may call these songs sentimental ballads, we choose to call them “songs that make the wise-guys weep”. Imagine Gene Austin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole. Throw in a bit of Morrissey and modern touch. Think really grand, strong feelings. In this unique production, specially put together for GAT, we’ll be transported by songs filled with love, pain and happiness. The Big Band Sound – Crooner & Canaries with Magnus Carlson (Weeping Willows). The evening will be rounded off with an appearance by trumpeter Goran Kajfes and his Subtropic Arkestra.
THE FESTIVAL'S MAIN STAGE
GAT is really hitting the high notes this year. Right in the heart of Stockholm, between the Royal Opera House and The Royal Palace the spectacular super-show Voala Muaré sways high above the ground, and on Saturday the whole square will be transformed into an enormous dancefloor for GAT By Night – the true festival peak for house and electronica fans. The week will see classical music, ballads, jazz, The Swedish Radio Symfony Orchestra with Ola Salo (The Ark), a unique Crooner night with Magnus Carlson and Goran Kajfes with Subropic Arkestra as well as Hasse&Tages wonderful melodies.
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(At Kulturhuset in Stockholm - Minimum age 18 - Free entrance!)
Thursday 16/8: SOLEN (SE) / RAZIKA (NO) / THE AMAZING (SE) / ALICE B (SE)
Friday 17/8: DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA (NO) / SANDRA KOLSTAD (NO) / LCMDF (FI) / TIKKLE ME (SE)
Saturday 18/8: FRENCH FILMS (FI) / HONNINGBARNA (NO) / REPTILE YOUTH (DK) / EL-SD(SE)
FRENCH FILMS (FI) – (Saturday 18/8, 20.30-21.20)
Sunny surf rock meets Brittish style new wave. French Films, who despite thier name originate in Helsinki create powerful pop anthems based on the immortal theme of love and lost youth. Pumping basslines and beautiful soundscapes are torn in a schizophrenic battle between Beach Boys' and Joy Division's musical heritages. The band was praised early on by American Pitchfork and a rapidly growing international audience quickly caught on giving French Films a well deserved breakthrough.
HONNINGBARNA (NO) - (Saturday 18/8, 22:00-22:50)
In Stockholm for the first time, but already with a Norwegian Grammy under the belt. Honningbarna spread rock'n'roll cliches left and right but make you feel as if they were just invented. Kristiansand's new stars match distorted bass with cello and classic punk tricks with up-to-date truths, like it was the most natural thing in the world. The result is the perfect soundtrack to a bar fight between Turbonegro and The Bronx.
THE NEW STAGE
The hottest acts on the Nordic alternative scene and a watering hole for avant garde types and dancing kings and queens. Stockholm Culture Festival’s new stage, Live@Studion will be the place to hear the best new bands on the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish live music scenes. We’ve invited some truly original, exciting live acts. There will be reeling cello-punk, swinging backbeat, dark electronic dance beats and everything in between.
Strindergland – a visit to the world that the Swedish author and playwriter August Strindberg inhabited, created and influenced. Stockholm Culture Festival puts the spotlight on our friend August, with a programme that illuminates his work, his favourite music and his favourite places in Stockholm. On May 14, 1912, August Strindberg died at the age of 63. Strindberg dared to challenge everything and everyone. Throughout his life he was controversial, provocative and never shied away from conflict. He has influenced the culture of today in many ways, and now, a hundred years after his death, he’s more alive than ever. Throughout 2012, Strindberg is being celebrated, both in Sweden and abroad. This year’s festival theme ‘Strindbergland’ follows hot on the heels of previous years’ themes focusing on our neighbours Finland, Denmark and Norway.
MARIA LINDSTRÖM SINGS STRINDBERG - (Wednesday 15/8, 19:30-20:30, Brunkeberg)
Renowned Swedish singer-songwriter interprets Strindberg’s poems with guitar accompaniment.
TRIO ZILLIACUS PERSSON RAITINEN PLAYS STRINDBERGS FAVORITES - (Wednesday 15/8, 21:00-22:00, Brunkeberg)
World-class string trio on a journey through Strindberg’s musical world.
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MIN ÄLSKLING (MY DARLING) - (Tuesday 14/8 - Saturday 18/8, 12:00-23:00)
In the highly creative and intriguing art exhibition Min Älskling - produced exclusively for Stockholm Culture Festival - you can slide around under the urban Centralbron-bridge in small open boats. It is a meditative and enjoyable voyage filled with love and legend. The sounds you hear are human voices speaking/shouting/whispering words of encouragement and love.
Other festival highlights include the biggest youth festival in Europe, the inuaguration of a monument honoring the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and a unique variety programme every night at Sergels torg.
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STOCKHOLM CULTURE FESTIVAL
Time: August 14–19 2012
Place: Stockholm City
Price: Free entrance!
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