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Instead of the traditional summer festival, Stockholm Pride 2020 will be divided into several new events to continue highlighting LGBT-rights in Sweden and the world.

  • To be a steady platform for LGBT-issues is more important than ever this year. As for many others, this pandemic has had a negative effect on Stockholm Pride but we take this opportunity to gather our strengths and creativity together with our community and our partners. We generate joy and manifest improved rights for members of the LGBT community together says Vix Herjeryd, chairperson of Stockholm Pride

Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2 Stockholm Pride will present a digital festival with live-streamed seminars, performances, a digital parade event, and broadcasts from several events around the city. This digital festival will be called Stockholm Pride Summer Stream and will replace the original festival this year.

At the same time during that week, we encourage stores, restaurants and the city of Stockholm to join in the festivities with flags and rainbows as much as possible to get that special Pride feeling. To experience the digital festival will be free of charge, a more detailed program and activities will be presented closer to the event.

  • To take a stand for everybody’s equal rights is even more important now than ever when places to meet up and gatherings for support have been closed, Vix Herjeryd says.

We are also thrilled to announce the new Stockholm Winter Pride festival this fall. It will be a four-day festival taken place both indoors and on different locations outside in the city. We are looking forward to share the creativity from our community and to create this winter festival together.

  • We’ve had thoughts about brightening up the darkest times of the year with a winter event, like several other pride organizations do, for many years and now it’s finally happening, says Vix Herjeryd.

This year’s celebration kicks off in June during Pride Month with a participation in Global Pride 2020. The digital manifestation is an initiative by the organizations InterPride and EPOA. Just in Europe over 300 festivals had to be cancelled this year, this is an alternative way to come together.

We also want to thank our Platinum Sponsor Nordic Choice Hotels. In these difficult times, especially for the hotel business, they have been standing up for human rights and kept supporting us, making it possible for us to execute these upcoming events in 2020.

Quick Facts Stockholm Pride 2020:  

  • Stockholm Pride Summer Stream, a digital festival with live-streamed seminars, performances, a digital parade event, and broadcasts from events around the city. Takes place Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 
  • Stockholm Winter Pride, a four-day festival taken place both indoors and on different locations outside in the city. Takes place November 26 through Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 200 SEK full price and 100 SEK reduced price.  
  • Stockholm Pride 2021 will be a summer festival as usual. For those holding a ticket för 2020, this will be valid for 2021, we also offer different kinds of refunds. Information will be sent out by the ticket administration Tickster. 
  • Global Pride is an international event for 24h on June 27 arranged by InterPride and EPOA. For more information visit: www.globalpride2020.org 

Source: stockholmpride.org

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Can’t-miss events in Stockholm 2020 https://www.standouttravel.se/cant-miss-events-in-stockholm-2020/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:07:59 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=22294 2020 is full of amazing events in Stockholm! Stuck on what to do, where to go and events to attend this year? Fear not, we have condensed a list of our favorite events in 2020 that you simply cannot miss! March 21, Astrid S goes on her biggest tour ever – which is also completely… Read More »Can’t-miss events in Stockholm 2020

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2020 is full of amazing events in Stockholm! Stuck on what to do, where to go and events to attend this year? Fear not, we have condensed a list of our favorite events in 2020 that you simply cannot miss!

March 21, Astrid S goes on her biggest tour ever – which is also completely climate neutral! In addition to the four beloved songs from Astrid S’s latest EP “Down Low”, fans will experience a unique selection of songs that have not yet been released. Saturday, March 21, the Norwegian star will come to Nalen in Stockholm!

March 23, Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love Of All. It took more than 15 000 auditions in over 11 countries and four months of intensive work. When South African Belinda Davids took the stage, there was no longer any doubt. The Greatest Love Of All is a tribute to Whitney Houston who tragically passed away in 2012 with several of her biggest hits, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “Didn´t We Almost Have It All,” “I´m Every Woman”, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and many, many more. Place: Cirkus arena, Djurgården.

May 20, Queenie Forever. With hundreds of concerts across Europe and Asia since 2006, Queenie has received enthusiastic fans worldwide. Queenie performs all the songs on the original instruments, no recorded music on the track machine, exactly the same as Queen did. The combination of original instrumentation and Michael Kluch’s fantastic voice make each show a unique and impressive live experience full of energy. Place: Cirkus arena, Djurgården.

May 29 – May 31, Elitloppet Harness Racing Championship. The competition is regarded as one of the most prestigious international events in trotting and it is an annual event that has been taken place since 1952. The best horses in the world are invited, and both the eliminations and the finals are raced over a mile (1 609 meters).

May 30, ASICS Stockholm Marathon takes place right in the heart of Sweden’s capital to the sound of thousands of leaping feet, the song of gulls and the cheering of the spectators along the streets.

June 3 – June 7, Smaka på Stockholm (A Taste of Stockholm) is an early summer food festival in Sweden. Every year it attracts more than 350 000 visitors all with a shared passion for food and drink. You’ll get the chance to meet some of Sweden’s most renowned chefs and bakers and have the opportunity to taste the dishes from over 40 great restaurants, cafés, and food trucks.

June 16, Alicia Keys. Global music icon and 15-fold Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys makes a long-awaited return to the stage with Alicia – The World Tour. The world-famous artist is coming to Stockholm and Ericsson Globe on Tuesday, June 16 for an unforgettable concert!

June 17, Pet Shop Boys begins the European tour “Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live” in Berlin, May 1. The duo and the tour will come to Sweden and Ericsson Globe on June 17!

June 26 – June 28, Lollapalooza returns to Stockholm 2020! Just like last year, it will be held in the beautiful fields of Gärdet. Post Malone, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, and many more artists!

July 14, Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a performer, songwriter, frontwoman for the iconic rock band No Doubt, and multi-platinum solo artist. To date, she’s sold more than 50 million units worldwide, including her four-times-platinum debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby. On July 14, she performs at Gröna Lund in Stockholm for the first time. 

August 22, Céline Dion. With more than 250 million albums sold worldwide, Céline Dion is one of the most recognized, respected and successful singers of our time in the history of pop music.

July 27 – August 2, Stockholm Pride is one of Stockholm’s largest annual festivals, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia. It is a big, happy colorful event that attracts LGBT+ visitors from around the world. In the main festival area “Pride Park” there will be concerts, shows, workshops, and debates. Of course, there will also be a Pride parade and lots of parties! Events are published on the Stockholm Pride website.

July 30, StandOut Travel’s Pride Day Party in Stockholm! Venue: TBC

August 1, StandOut Travel’s Float in the Stockholm Pride Parade 2020

August 11 – August 15, The Stockholm Cultural Festival is the city’s recurring cultural festival in August, conducted by the City of Stockholm. The cultural festival takes place at the same time as the youth festival We Are Sthlm in Kungsträdgården. The festival takes place in Stockholm’s inner city, the venues are Gustav Adolf’s square, Karl XII’s square (Dansbanan), Skeppsbron, St Jacob’s church and the family area at Norrbro. The program ranges widely and includes everything from world music, jazz, opera, classical, pop, rock, activities for children/family, talks, street art, theatre, walks (walking tours), art, dance, photography and international performances.
Visiting the Culture Festival is free.

August 17 – August 23, Stockholm Design Week. Together with Formex, the leading Nordic interior design arena, Summer Design Week presents inspiring events, and exhibitions promoting design. A week that engages design-interested people living in, and visiting, Stockholm. During the week in August, the city of Stockholm is buzzing with design events, openings, seminars, dinner parties, and cocktails. Summer Design Week is a great meeting place for us who love design. 

September 18 – 19, Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Elton’s career achievements are unprecedented in both scope and lifetime. He is one of the best selling solo artists of all time. In January 2018, the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” was announced at New York’s Gotham Hall. This three-year-long tour began in September 2018 and includes five continents and over 350 dates.

October 9 – October 18, Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Sweden and one of the biggest events in Stockholm. During this 10 day festival, around 160 concerts at 60 different venues are held all around the city. 

November 11 – November 22, 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. The Festival is also recognized for its ability to promote and offer a venue for young and unestablished filmmakers. As many as a third of the films selected are made by a debuting director and only directors who have made less than 3 films are selected for the competition. 

November 26 – November 29, Sweden International Horse Show traditionally takes place during the first Advent weekend at Friends Arena. Even this year, the absolute best riders and drivers in the world will gather.

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Meet DJ Pamela in Stockholm https://www.standouttravel.se/meet-dj-pamela-in-stockholm/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 20:32:51 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=20442 Pamela “DJ Pamela” Leal Viñals has been a fixture of the Stockholm gay club scene since 1994. Through the years she’s played at some of Stockholm’s hottest clubs, and Pride-festivals all around Sweden. Let’s take a night out from the start: Where do you go for a tasty dinner? During the winter season, I would… Read More »Meet DJ Pamela in Stockholm

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Pamela “DJ Pamela” Leal Viñals has been a fixture of the Stockholm gay club scene since 1994. Through the years she’s played at some of Stockholm’s hottest clubs, and Pride-festivals all around Sweden.

Let’s take a night out from the start: Where do you go for a tasty dinner?

During the winter season, I would go to Side Track, one of Södermalms best bars and restaurants. If you’re heading to SLM (Scandinavian Leather Men) many guys take a drink at Side Track before continuing the party at SLM. If it’s a beautiful day I would go to The Green Queen & Mälarpaviljongen. It’s a waterside oasis of beautiful colors and greenery with a staff of wonderful people. You’ll also meet diversity in all the colors of the rainbow.

Where do you go out for drinks afterward?
I would probably stay, but if I would go someplace else it would be Södra Teatern at Mosebacke.

Which clubs have the best dancefloor?
Guldrummet, Moxy, Disco Disco. I’m trying to be humble about it, to a degree… but basically, clubs where I DJ, haha.

What makes DJing in Stockholm unique?
Being a DJ for 24 years, with Stockholm as my residency, has taught me much about its unique diversity of people, styles and club concepts. I’ve been a part of the gay scene for a long time and played at every gay club imaginable. It’s made me humble and grateful, and I feel really privileged to have experienced so much. I’m still the only lesbian woman that gets to DJ at Baltic Battle, an underground club for gay -and bi men with a strict leather dress code.

Which track in your crate sums up Stockholm the most?
“Crossing Borders” (Kings Of House NYC Mix feat. Anane) by
Diephuis.

What are your best tips for sightseeing for people that have never been to Stockholm?
You should really get a City bike-card!

And where you recommend them for a great fika?
Mr Cake, Rosenldahls trädgård and Älskade Traditioner.

When are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
Every time I think about the diversity, openness, and creativity that exists here!

Source: visitstockholm.se / Follow Dj Pamela on Instagram!

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Christmas Markets in Stockholm https://www.standouttravel.se/christmas-markets-in-stockholm/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 17:25:48 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=19223 One of the best ways to get a sample of a country’s holiday tradition is to visit a local Christmas Market. Stockholm and its surroundings have quite a few to choose from. Here, you can taste Swedish seasonal delicacies, buy beautiful handicrafts and Christmas decorations, and – of course – meet Santa. Here are some… Read More »Christmas Markets in Stockholm

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One of the best ways to get a sample of a country’s holiday tradition is to visit a local Christmas Market. Stockholm and its surroundings have quite a few to choose from. Here, you can taste Swedish seasonal delicacies, buy beautiful handicrafts and Christmas decorations, and – of course – meet Santa. Here are some of our favorites:

Christmas Market in the Old Town

For a genuine Stockholm Christmas, the Christmas market in Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s old town) is a must. This is the most famous, and most traditional Christmas Market in Stockholm. It’s located in the heart of the Old Town at Stortorget square (close to the Royal Palace). The little red stalls sell Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausages, reindeer- and elk meat and other Christmas delicacies, glögg (mulled wine) and a range of Swedish handicrafts and decorative arts of high-quality workmanship. Open daily between 11 am-6 pm.

Christmas Market at The Royal Stables

Photo: Charlotte Gawell/Kungl. Hovstaterna

A Christmas market is traditionally held at the Royal Stables on the first weekend in Advent. For four days, exhibitors from across Sweden will be selling the finest quality crafts. The stables, harness room and coach sheds will also be open all weekend. This Christmas market will feature work from around seventy of Sweden’s top craftsmen and craftswomen, with a wide range of unique Christmas gifts. Delicious festive treats will also be on sale. www.kungligaslotten.se/english.html

Christmas Market at Skansen

Since it’s inception in 1903, the Christmas market at Skansen has become a beloved holiday tradition. Stroll around the stalls and booth and stock up on traditional sausages, cheeses, handicrafts, spices and essences, Christmas decorations, embroidery, leather goods, Skansen’s own handmade mustard, glass, bread and cakes, hand-knitted mittens, sugared almonds, tallows, honey, marzipan, crispbread, smoked turkey, jams and marmalades, candy, children’s books and masses of other irresistible items! https://www.skansen.se/en/christmas-market

Norra Bantorget Christmas Market

Norra Bantorget, Stockholm invites you to a taste of the sustainable society of the future in the Christmas setting. Come see our lighted Christmas tree made out of steel tubes and laser swords. Buy jewelry in metal and vegetables from the underground, Christmas clothes, organic candy and more from our containers fitted with our custom-designed sustainable interiors. We live in a time when we need to change many aspects of our lifestyle. Not at least Christmas and how we consume. Norra Bantorget’s Christmas market contains a curated selection for a sustainable and renewable society. A future-proof and debt-free Christmas consumption. https://www.facebook.com/events/1000302373663634/

Happy Christmas! / Team StandOut Travel

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Meet Greg and Wes @agayadventure https://www.standouttravel.se/meet-greg-and-wes-agayadventure/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:06:32 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=17809 The lovely couple Greg and Wes (@agayadventure) decided to book a long weekend in Stockholm and contacted us. They met at University 10 years ago, they have been together for 8 years and engaged for 3. They are keen travelers and between them, they have visited over 60 countries! They are proud LGBT+ ambassadors and… Read More »Meet Greg and Wes @agayadventure

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The lovely couple Greg and Wes (@agayadventure) decided to book a long weekend in Stockholm and contacted us. They met at University 10 years ago, they have been together for 8 years and engaged for 3. They are keen travelers and between them, they have visited over 60 countries! They are proud LGBT+ ambassadors and we couldn’t be happier to host them! We just had to do an interview so you can get to know them more and get inspired by this lovely couple! Here we go…

Why did you guys start to travel? 

We both had a love of traveling before we met, and our dream was always to quit our jobs and run away for a couple of years! We came to a point in our lives where we were actually able to do just that, so we took the jump and spend a few years traveling and working around the world! It’s the best decision we ever made.

What kind of traveler are you?

We are definitely light travelers, having been to all four corners of the world with just a backpack each for over 2 years! We relish new experiences, whether that be camping in the African jungle to hiking in Alaska! We are happy to slum it in a hostel or tent if it means we can get more out of other areas of the holiday. We are pretty active and sometimes have to force ourselves to sit on a beach for the day!

What is important to you while traveling?

Good food, nature, culture and meeting new people! Also, if there is a gay area anywhere we will hunt it down!

Have you traveled (solo) before you met each other? 

We’ve both been lucky to travel through work which has taken us all over the world. Whoever stayed at home was always very jealous though!

When did you start AGayAdventure and how have you develop over time?

We started 2 years ago as a way of documenting our travels for family and friends. Annoyingly we only really thought to do it in the last 6 months of traveling! We now live back in London so are traveling less and working more! So it’s grown more into a representation of our lives, whether that’s traveling or just living our day to day lives!

Who inspires you in the LGBT+ community and why?

The LGBTQ+ people we have met around the world are the most inspiring. People have been so generous with their time, showing us around a new place or even letting us crash on their sofas! We really feel like part of a worldwide community of wonderful people, connected in our own special way!

The Royal Palace Tour Stockholm – Foto: StandOut Travel
What were your Top 3 best moments of your Stockholm trip?

1. The old town was stunning and our tour with StandOutTravel was super interesting! 2. The food was amazing and couldn’t get enough of it! 3. The gay bars were great fun! Erik from StandOutTravel took us out and we danced the night away!

You stayed at our hotel partner and in the awesome Pride suite, how was it?

It was amazing! Everyone was lovely and the room was a rainbow bonanza! We had our own private jacuzzi and sauna which we made good use of! It’s not the same not having a sauna every morning at home…

Where would you like to go if you come back to Sweden? (which we hope you do very soon)

We would love to visit Gothenburg which we hear is stunning. We also want to spend a few weeks hiking around the islands in the archipelago. We visiting briefly and it was gorgeous.

How would you describe Swedish people, the culture in Stockholm?

Everyone was friendly and helpful, and the men were very handsome! So many tall, blonde people made Greg feel right at home! Fika should be mandatory in every country every day…

Your Top 3 best tips before going on gaycation to Sweden?

1. Contact StandOutTravel and arrange a tour on your first day. It helps you understand the layout of the islands which can be pretty confusing!! 2. Be prepared to walk! We walked everywhere because we didn’t want to miss any of the stunning city! That being said, make sure you wear comfortable shoes! 3. Practice your ABBA lyrics. You don’t want to look stupid…!

We wish Greg and Wes all luck for future adventures and hope to see them back in Sweden soon!

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Gothenburg is the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 https://www.standouttravel.se/gothenburg-is-the-european-capital-of-smart-tourism-2020/ Sat, 26 Oct 2019 14:32:43 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=16612 Gothenburg, Sweden, was awarded The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 at a ceremony in Helsinki on 9 October. The title is awarded by the European Commission aiming at rewarding cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. “This marks the start of a new era for Gothenburg. We are going… Read More »Gothenburg is the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020

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Gothenburg, Sweden, was awarded The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 at a ceremony in Helsinki on 9 October. The title is awarded by the European Commission aiming at rewarding cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. “This marks the start of a new era for Gothenburg. We are going from smart to smarter, and we intend to be a motor for the entire EU”, said the city’s representative Peter Grönberg.

35 cities from 17 EU-countries took part in the competition that evaluates candidates from four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalization, and culture & creativity. Ten was selected for the final presentation in Helsinki. In the entry for The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 award, Gothenburg focused on strengths in all four categories and on being ready to share best practices and learnings with other destinations.

Gothenburg is in the digital frontline, with high connectivity and a large number of tech companies. Also, the city is a leader in sustainability, with a number one ranking in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

– As Lord Mayor of Gothenburg, it is very rewarding to be here in Helsinki to discuss Gothenburg as a smart destination. We are very proud of our city and we work hard to win even more people’s confidence to visit us, said Anneli Rhedin, Lord Mayor of Gothenburg.

– This is a recognition of all the work and creativity that our local partners put in when it comes to making Gothenburg a smart destination. We know that investing in sustainability, accessibility, digitalization, culture, and creativity is wise. With the help from the title, we will be an even stronger ambassador for this mindset, said Peter Grönberg, CEO of Göteborg & Co, the destination management organization of Gothenburg.

Outtake from Gothenburg’s entry:

Being smart makes what is good even better. Our pocket-sized metropolis has for 400 years gathered people who believe in international and cultural exchange. To anyone who perceives “smart” as a tech term, we wish to show another side: a side filled with warmth, inclusiveness and human values. Gothenburg is a sustainable city open to the world.

Gothenburg Region facts:

Location: West coast of Sweden

Population: 1 million

City founded: 1621

Number of Universities: 2

Number of students: 60,000

Public transport run on sustainable fuels: 96%

Environmentally certified hotel rooms in the city: 95%

People employed within the information and communications technology sector: 29,000

Start-ups in 2018: 7,119

Green space per citizen (in the city): 274 m²

Bicycle lanes in the city: 810 kilometers

Museums in the city: 20

Yearly guest nights:~ 5 million

Facts on the competition:

The European Commission awards the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 to two European cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to their tourism development. In 2019, Helsinki and Lyon hold the title and in 2020, it will be Gothenburg and Malaga. The competition is open to cities in the EU with a population of over 100,000 inhabitants. In EU countries where no city has more than 100,000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply. By rewarding exemplary practices of smart tourism, the EU seeks to encourage innovation of tourism destinations, support culturally diverse and inclusive tourism and highlight the multi-faceted contribution of tourism to sustainable development.

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Halloween Events in Stockholm 2019 https://www.standouttravel.se/halloween-events-in-stockholm-2019/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 07:57:55 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=16916 Dive into the fun of Halloween in Stockholm this year with haunted nights in the museum, costume parades, nightclubs, live music, and delicious food. Halloween at Gröna Lund Fun at Gröna Lund isn’t over yet! Everyone’s favorite Tivoli opens its gates to visitors again to provide something spooky and fun for everyone. If you’re planning… Read More »Halloween Events in Stockholm 2019

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Dive into the fun of Halloween in Stockholm this year with haunted nights in the museum, costume parades, nightclubs, live music, and delicious food.

Halloween at Gröna Lund

Foto: Sacharias Källdén

Fun at Gröna Lund isn’t over yet! Everyone’s favorite Tivoli opens its gates to visitors again to provide something spooky and fun for everyone.

If you’re planning on bringing the family, there is an autumn-themed pumpkin patch and friendly witches.

Looking for something a bit…scarier? The rest of the theme park is decked out and ready to scare the pants off of you.

Watch out for zombies, vampires, and who knows what from the underworld roaming the rest of the park. Bring an extra set of courage with you and get ready to scream.

The scary attractions include a haunted house, a house of nightmares, a haunted ship, and a zombie zone.

Due to safety concerns, tickets are limited, so be sure to book your tickets ahead of time.

Dates: 18 Oct – 2 Nov
Website: Child-friendly activities https://www.gronalund.com/sv/Planera-ditt-besok/halloween-2019/barnvanligt-halloween/
Scary attractions (not for kids): https://www.gronalund.com/sv/Planera-ditt-besok/halloween-2019/halloween-skrack/

Halloween at Skansen

Photo credit: Richard Von Hofsten courtesy of Skansen

Skansen is hosting family-friendly activities during the Stockholm school fall break (26 Oct – 30 Oct) and it might get a bit creepy.

The Old Town Quarter is suddenly struck by a mysterious illness and strange beings move from homes to farmsteads. What is really going on in the town and what will the townspeople do?

The cafes and restaurants will serve ghoulish delights, so bring your courage and your appetite.

Spooky tales will be told in Skasen’s cottages and Halloween/autumn-themed crafts are available for a fee of 30kr each.

Dates: 26 Oct – 30 Oct
Website: 
https://www.skansen.se/en/h%C3%B6stlov

Night at the Nordiska Museum

Photo credit: Emma Fredriksson courtesy of Nordiska Museet

The doors open after the museum closes and families with children ages 6-12 years are welcome to explore the museum in a new way. Visitors are taken on an interactive walk through the museum and enjoy an exciting story about kings, lost children, and scary myths.

Please note that due to the number of stairs in the museum, strollers are not permitted during this event.

Dates: 29 Oct – 31 Oct
Website for ticketshttps://www.ticketmaster.se/artist/natt-pa-nordiska-museet-biljetter/950748

Shockholm Parade

Photo credit: Shockholm

Shockholm is Scandinavia’s largest Halloween parade and it all starts in Kungstragården at 3:30 pm on November 2, 2019.

Started by New Yorker, Bill Schacht, Shockolm events grow larger each year and this year, there are costume contests for humans and their furry friends.

Enjoy the dog costume contest and strut your stuff on the Kostume Katwalk. There will be costume prizes in every age category awarded at 5:50 pm.

The parade winds through Gamla Stan and ends with delicious Shockholm Bites.

Click here to read more about Bill’s vision for Shockholm on Slow Travel Stockholm.

Date: 2 Nov, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Website: http://shockholm.se/

Dia De Los Muertos – Stockholm Halloween party 2019

Publicerat av Clean Group Sweden Tisdag 22 oktober 2019

Dead people, paranormal activity, demonic presences,
bone-chilling screams, and so much more is said to permeate the grounds of this haunted party!!!

☠ Friday November 1st you are all invited to this terrifying graveyard. It’s time to SCREAM ??? …..
Hay, watch out for the scary Clowns …..

Music by:
?Graveyard 1: MARCUS ULLMARKER & PAMELA
?Graveyard 2: LEO B & PRETTY BOY
?Graveyard 3: QX RONNY

? Join our costume competition on stage led by
Leo B! This is all about the embracing creativity and having an amazing time competing in our costume contest. Spooky, crazy, adorable and anything hilarious that will make the audience scream!
You can get as creative as you wish, the only limit is your imagination!

Stockholm are you ready to meet the dead and haunted??
? Friday November 1st
? Club Backdoor 11pm-5am
? Pre-by tickets at shop.qx.se/clean or at the door

In corp. with Dashl
A very scary welcome?
Navid Kabiri (Clean Group Sweden) & Club Backdoor

X-Cape – Voodoo ( Halloween Party )

Publicerat av Escape Stockholm Tisdag 29 oktober 2019

Are you ready for a new ESCAPE ?????? dolls? ✞︎??? ✞︎

There is something mysterious about the dark side that haunts us… It keeps you attracted to it.. you don’t Wanna let it go… ??

This time we are Leaving from the heaven like Devils to take control over your Bodies and Souls with the magical music from ?????? and ?????!

At night we all Do crazy things ? See u on the other side.. ︎ ︎ ︎ ✞︎??? ✞︎

???? ????? | ???? ????? | ???? ??????

? DJ’S:

? DJ Zach Burns ( LONDON)

? https://soundcloud.com/djzachburns

?TEDDY J ( PARIS)

? https://soundcloud.com/djteddyj

On stage:

Hot international GO GO dancers, a mystical and magical show your don’t wanna miss. ⚰?

? Entrance:
? 23-00 150 kr
? 00-03 250 kr
? 03-05 290 kr

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Baltic Battle Stockholm https://www.standouttravel.se/baltic-battle-2019/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:34:41 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=14867 Welcome to the 42nd annual Baltic Battle October 18th-20th 2019 in Stockholm! Bigger, harder and more fetish than ever! The only club and party in Stockholm with a guaranteed 100% gay men! A Brief History Of The Baltic Battle Once upon a time… The Baltic Battle-party has taken place every year since 1978. The first… Read More »Baltic Battle Stockholm

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Welcome to the 42nd annual Baltic Battle October 18th-20th 2019 in Stockholm! Bigger, harder and more fetish than ever! The only club and party in Stockholm with a guaranteed 100% gay men!

A Brief History Of The Baltic Battle

Once upon a time…

The Baltic Battle-party has taken place every year since 1978. The first one was organized as the official opening of the – at that time – new clubrooms in the Old Town and was a joint venture with MSC Finland. Because our Finnish brothers would travel across the Baltic, the party was named The Battle of the Baltic Sea (in Swedish) with the English translation Baltic Battle added.

From the very first party, in August 1978, it was a big success. It included a boat trip around the southern neighborhood island and the main party took of course place on the new premises. Tom of Finland was specially invited and showed how his drawings were created, these who later become world-famous. MSC Finland brought a jumping leather jack toy as a gift, which is framed behind acrylic glass in our current clubhouse.

For the Baltic Battle 2, the year after, we bet large with a joint venture of five Nordic leather clubs. We commissioned our first exclusively designed Baltic Battle poster by Tom of Finland and it would be 10 more during the 80s. The Baltic Battle 3 in 1980 was organized entirely of our own. And so it has continued, year after year… And the rumor spread and many international guests came and are still cumming. We announced this as our major ECMC event and the rumor spread even outside Europe. In 1981, Drummer Magazine – legendary leather and fetish magazine – writes that our Baltic Battle is even bigger than the CMC Carnival in San Francisco!

Some particularly memorable BB’s are those with the main battle in a shipyard dry-dock (1997), at the culture exhibition hall at Euro Pride with 600 participating leather gays (1998), at a shipyard (2000- 2002), in a former printing work (2007), in a former big cinema (2012) – all with welcome pub evenings and Sunday brunches in the club and additional activities in town. Gay and leather history has been written and there are many memories are many of amazing and (in)famous parties – and all was and is only possible due to all the volunteers, who engage and work hard, breaking their balls – both literally and practically. The Battle will continue!

Everyone with tickets to Baltic Battle gets 10% off on our Old Town Tour and Private Old Town Tour! Use the code “balticbattle” when booking. Buy your tickets for Baltic Battle 2019 here!

Enjoy Baltic Battle 2019 and welcome to Stockholm!

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Meet Eric guide at The Viking Museum https://www.standouttravel.se/meet-eric-guide-at-the-viking-museum/ Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:20:28 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=11946 One of our favorite partners in Stockholm is the team behind The Viking Museum. At the museum, you get to know everything about the Vikings in the Nordic. In the vivid exhibition, you will meet the Vikings through movies, scenery, projections and sound effects as well as archaeological objects. We met the guide Eric for… Read More »Meet Eric guide at The Viking Museum

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One of our favorite partners in Stockholm is the team behind The Viking Museum. At the museum, you get to know everything about the Vikings in the Nordic. In the vivid exhibition, you will meet the Vikings through movies, scenery, projections and sound effects as well as archaeological objects. We met the guide Eric for some questions about him and The Viking Museum.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Norrtälje, which is just over an hour with car north of Stockholm, but I moved to Stockholm in 2011.

What is it like working as a guide at the Viking Museum?

It’s very funny! Still, I always talk about the Viking age, so talking to people who want to listen is extra fun. I think it is extra fun when it comes to questions, or if the group has requested a specific theme so that I can really go into details.

Why do you like archeology and the Viking age? 

Archeology is a path to knowledge that is true in itself. Thanks to archeology, we can learn a lot about life in the past, while some parts disappear. And that’s probably the part of what I like about the Viking Age, it falls between what we can know, and all the myths that exist.

We know you love runes and helmets, why?

The world’s best question! Both of these interests began with a passion for the purely visual. Runestones with beautiful ornaments, and helmets from the time period before the Viking Age, the Merovingian period, with cool details. But when I started studying both of these subjects, I discovered so much more. The runestones are the words of ancient people, and although the inscriptions are often quite concise, they together form a whole. Then I still really like the art of many runestones, and my favorite runner Öpir never disappoints me! The helmets are also storytellers, but it is also a type of mask. Looking at a helmet in any way gives us the opportunity to see the people of the time on the same terms as then. I also find it interesting with the helmets to our image of the Viking Age. In popular culture, every other Viking has a helmet on his head. But archaeologically, there are clear remains of a total of three Viking-era helmets.

What do you know about LGBT+ in the Viking Age?

It is an interesting question, which will probably get a different light in the future. Of course, there have been gays in the Viking era, but it is harder to see them in the archaeological material, and the written texts we have by recent values. There are clearly LGBTQ people in the texts, but the texts give a negative picture, and the Viking society may have been more open than it seems through the eyes of recent times. Odin, who is the king of the gods, is often described as a warrior, but he steps outside the heteronym and exercises the kind of magic called said. Otherwise, that type of magic was considered to be something that women did. The word used for men who practiced magic, ergi, was the same word used for some men in gay relationships.

What is your best Pride memory?

I love it when Stockholm is changing during Stockholm Pride, there is so much love in the air in the city. Then I think it is uplifting to read about Pride in the Faroe Islands, where about 10% of the population participates in the parade, that is awesome!

Can you tell us more about your new exhibition?

We just finished the work with the new exhibition and we are very pleased with it! It’s more of everything. We have been working to create a feeling, that is sound, scent, and very unique environments. It is absolutely possible to read about the longhouse, but now you can also go in and sit by the fire. We have also borrowed more Viking objects from different places in Sweden from different museums, and it is great fun!

What is your favorite destination in Sweden?

I am most preferably in Roslagen, regardless of the weather, standing on a cliff by the water. Also on various tours around and I also recommend to stop at the flea market. Otherwise, I have a hard time dropping how many runestones that I haven’t seen yet! There are around 2,500 runestones in Sweden, and my aim is to see them all.

Are you ready for a full day of history and Vikings? Book our Viking Tour here!

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Queer Performance Artist at Gothenburg Fringe Festival https://www.standouttravel.se/queer-performance-artist-gothenburg-fringe-festival/ Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:21:34 +0000 https://www.standouttravel.se/?p=11362 Chicago charmer, John Michael, makes his Nordic Debut with his Meatball Séance at the Gothenburg Fringe Festival. Did you hear John Michael has a new boyfriend? Oh yes! In honor of the grand occasion, you and the new beau and the entire audience are cordially invited to meet John’s mom. But she’s deceased… Sad. So he’s gonna summon her from… Read More »Queer Performance Artist at Gothenburg Fringe Festival

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Chicago charmer, John Michael, makes his Nordic Debut with his Meatball Séance at the Gothenburg Fringe Festival.

Did you hear John Michael has a new boyfriend? Oh yes! In honor of the grand occasion, you and the new beau and the entire audience are cordially invited to meet John’s mom. But she’s deceased… Sad. So he’s gonna summon her from the dead by cooking her famous meatballs onstage! Yay! Wait, what?

“Meatball Séance is one of the most outrageous and most original shows we’ll ever see…Don’t miss it.” -★★★★★ – CBC Radio

John Michael is a solo-performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He’s toured his current show Meatball Seance to the Steppenwolf, the Orlando Fringe, the Cincinnati Fringe, St. Louis Fringe, Indy Fringe, Dallas Solo Fest and is thrilled to debut Meatball Séance in Edinburgh. The show tackles the ofttimes delicate subjects of grief and loss with charm and wit alongside John Michael’s undeniably puckish spirit.

“John Michael is the wide-eyed, enthusiastic, bombastic breath of fresh air that the Fringe needs.”  – The Orlando Sentinel 

Says the performer, “When people found out my mother had died, they would often express their sympathies by apologizing. Which caused me to change the subject. For the longest time, Their discomfort made me stop talking about her. MeatballSéance makes a case for celebratory grieving. We can’t ignore loss because our loved ones live on through us.” 

“If a cooking segment about his dead mother sounds morbid, John Michael sees it, rather, as intensely human. It’s not a dour show, but an affirming, interactive, community-building experience.” – The Dallas Voice

Meatball Séance includes optional audience participation with actual cooking on stage. Mixed with garlic, breadcrumbs, milk, and meat — this is the Fringe at it’s finest. Don’t miss John Michael’s Meatball Séance!

Performance Details: 

Meatball Séance

30/8- 21:00

31/8- 19:15

1/9- 18:45

Age Accessibility- 13 +

Language- English

Venue-Trixter

Masthamnsgatan 17, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden

Ticket Price- 100 SEK

For additional info including past works and press go to www.johnmichaelplays.com

For any other inquiries contact John Michael directly at devisingjohnmichael@gmail.com

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