The Stockholm Cultural Festival takes place on six consecutive days in mid-August and closes on a Sunday. This Sunday marks the end of the long Swedish summer holidays as most students have to get back to school on the following Monday.
The culture festival has become a tradition in the event calendar of Stockholm. Since 2006 the festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, among them many tourists.
Culture and music in all genres
The festival fills the Stockholm city centre with all kinds of culture and music in all genres, for all ages. Admission is free, with the exception of guided walks. Music genres can stretch from pop to rock, gospel, classical, opera, jazz, soul, or World Music. In addition to music you will find street art, dance workshops, stand-up comedy, photo exhibitions, theatre performances, films, talks, guided walks and many other activities. Altogether 500 to 600 performances and activities take place during the six days. There is also a festival theme each year, for example Denmark, August Strindberg, or Great Britain (in 2015).
Usually you can find scenes and stages in the following places (may change from year to year):
- Sergels torg (Sergel’s Square)
- Gustav Adolfs Torg (Gustav Adolf’s Square, the largest scene)
- Norrbro (between the Royal Palace and the Royal Opera)
- Skeppsbron (on the docks at the side of the Royal Palace)
Family festival on Norrbro (for kids 0 – 13 years)
If you are visiting Stockholm with younger children, you will find a family festival on the Norrbro.
“We Are Sthlm” youth festival (for teenagers 13 – 19 years)
“We Are Sthlm” is Europe’s largest youth festival. It takes places in the Kungsträdgården park (many Stockholmers just call it “Kungsan”). There are many popular live acts and a host of acitivities such as obstacle courses, skateboard parks, or dance workshops. The youth festival is part of the Stockholm Culture Festival but ends one day earlier, on Saturday. Everything is free admission. Alcohol is not allowed on the festival area.
In the beginning the festival was named Ung08 (ung = young, 08 = area code for Stockholm).
World’s longest book table
On the last day of the festival (Sunday), you should not miss the world’s longest book table: 600 tables in two rows on Drottninggatan