One new feature of this year’s festival is art gifts. Between August 20 and 22, artists can be booked to perform at someone’s home or some other location in Gothenburg. In total, 540 visits will be available to book.

“We call these art gifts, and the idea is to surprise someone special with a unique cultural experience,” explains Birte Niederhaus, Göteborg & Co’s artistic director for the Gothenburg Culture Festival. “However, you can of course book a visit for yourself, your family, your neighbours or your colleagues.”

Visits can be booked here on the festival’s website, where you can also see the available times and areas in Gothenburg. However, the actual artist will be a surprise. There are 28 different artists, performing music, acrobatics, singing, dancing, magic or something else. Each performance lasts for 5–10 minutes, and takes place outdoors. No preparations are required from the recipient of the visit.

One of the artists is Aly Bardan, better known as Aly Bobo, one of Sweden’s top breakdancers.

“I’ll be doing a short performance that I call Introduction to Breaking,” says Aly. “The idea is to go through the various categories of breakdancing and maybe get the audience to try some simple moves. I’ll then demonstrate some more advanced moves.”

During this year’s Gothenburg Culture Festival, visitors will experience a completely different, specially adapted festival. There will be 110 programme items over the course of three days, spread across 70 locations around Gothenburg including the city centre. Some of these will require advance booking.

Photo: Erik Bonnevier UpNorthvision