16-20 augusti 2017
In English

About Gothenburg Culture Festival

August 16-20, 2017. Open to everyone and totally free.
Welcome to one of Scandinavia’s biggest culture festivals. We have over 1,5 million visits every year. The programme consists of over 1 000 things to do, see and listen to. Opera, art, music, carnival, theatre, literature and films. As well as food, local bands and superstars.
The festival takes place in the city centre of Gothenburg, since 1991.
Gothenburg welcomes you
For more information about the city of Gothenburg, visit goteborg.com
Contact us
Would you like to contact us? Send an email to kulturkalaset@goteborg.com
A selection from this year's programme
The full programme is available at goteborgskulturkalas.se/program in Swedish. Here are some activities in english.
  • Kulturkalaset for Kids
    Did you know that Kulturkalaset for Kids is the largest cultural festival for kids in the Nordics? All of Trädgårdsföreningen will be filled with exciting things to do, all adapted to kids between the ages of 0-12 years. Of course your adult friends can come too! And we're not going to settle for just hosting activities in Trädgårdsföreningen. All around Gothenburg there will be lots of activities suitable for kids.
  • Storytelling in loads of languages!
    To read with children doesn't just create a richer language - it also encourages unexplored questions and thoughts children might have. Since Gunilla Bergström's first book about Alfons Åberg was published in the 1970s, there have been 25 more and they are still as popular.

    Listen to "Godnatt, Alfons Åberg" (recommended age 2-6 years)
    ...in English Thu 17/8 at 18.30-19
    ...in Arabic Fri 18/8 at 18.30-19
    ...in Finnish Sat 19/8 at 18.30-19
    ...in Somali Sun 20/8 at 17-17.30
  • Arabic superstar conquers Götaplatsen
    She has sold over 50 million albums and is one of the Arab world's biggest stars. Now the Lebanese queen of pop, Nawal El zoghbi, will come to Kulturkalaset. For three years in a row, at least one Arabic superstar has performed at Kulturkalaset. Now it's Nawal El Zoghbi's turn, or as her fans calls her, the Golden star. She rose to fame in the 90's and is still one of the most famous pop stars in the Arab world. Don't miss her performance at Götaplatsen on Saturday 19/8 at 21.30-23. The after party at Valand starts at 23 o'clock.
  • Namaste Göteborg (Gothenburg)
    On Sunday it's time for Namaste Göteborg, where the scene at Kungstorget is turned into a party celebrating Indian culture. Here you will experience dancing and music. The mini-festival has guests such as Geeta Chandran, a well known Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and artist who also is known for her charismatic music and tv, film and theater career. Barmer Boys, a famous band who play folk music from Rajasthani and Sufi music are also coming. According to the Hindustan Times, Mangey Khan (the singer of Barmer Boys) has a voice so incredible it needs to be experienced live.
  • Disco Arabic, Dari, Tigrinyan and Somali
    Pray for sunny weather when it's disco time in Kungsparken. We will play Arabic (Web 16/8 at 19-22), Dari (Thu 17/8 at 19-22), Somali (Fri 18/8 at 19-23) and Tigrinyan (Sat 19/8 at 19-23) music. These are the four most spoken languages among refugees in Sweden. This evening will be an opportunity for young people to meet and dance together to the music of their countries, and for others to discover new music.
  • Come and listen to Dawood Sarkhosh
    Don't miss Dawood Sarkhosh performance at Kulturkalaset, one of Afghanistan's biggest artists. The pop star started making music after his brother was murdered during the civil war in Afghanistan, and his music deals with how life as a refugee is. Dawood Sarkhosh's music has played a big part in many Afghan refugees' lives. Be sure to not miss his unique performance on Wednesdag 16/8 at 17.45!
  • The Bronx - Hardcore punk from Los Angeles
    The band was founded in 2002 in Los Angeles and now 15 years later they are still going strong. The Bronx has a special relationship to the fans in Sweden. However, not only the fans show their appreciation, critics from prominent magazines as well as online media applaud the band vigorously. See their show on Wednesday 16/8 at 21.45.
  • Jonathan Safran Foer at International writer's scene Gothenburg
    The literary prodigy Jonathan Safran Foer (US) had his breaktrough at the age of 25 with the novel, "Everything is Illuminated". The story of the young American Jonathan's journey to find the Ukrainian village Trachimbrod and the woman who saved his grandmother from the Nazis, was made into a motion picture with Elijah Wood as lead character. Jonathan now releases his first novel in 11 years, "Here I Am", Foer's most personal novel so far. The novel poses questions, such as, how do we handle roles as father, husband, son, wife and mother? Child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identity when we always owe others so much?