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This weekend it’s finally time for one of the summer’s most beloved traditions here at the office – Stockholm Music & Arts. A music and arts festival that’s been up and running since 2012, out on island Skeppsholmen. This year artists like Patti Smith, Lauryn Hill and Rufus Wainwright is playing on stage. Some news for this year is Trädgårdsscenen (The Garden Stage), which is a cooperation between Moderna Museet and the festival. In the little garden between them and ArkDes, Stockholm Music & Arts will open a smaller, more intimate stage. Here Patti Smith, among others, will perform three nights in a row.
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Stockholm Pride is Scandinavia’s largest Pride Festival taking place between 25 to 31 July. The Stockholm Pride festival is for those that feel involved in and respect the LGBTQ community, the organisers’ goal is to strengthen LGBTQ rights and acceptance by society. Stockholm Pride hosts many different activities during the whole week it’s taking place. The theme for Stockholm Pride 2016 is “Who decides?”, opening the discussion about who decides when it comes to politics, society, our city and of course our bodies.
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Doing a bike tour is certainly a great way to get to know Stockholm, covering more space and getting to see more beautiful sites. In case the sun’s shining particularly bright on a certain day it’s also nice to enjoy the nice water of the Mälaren Lake. Now if you’re short on time, you don’t have to worry, you can take a ride with the Waterbikes!
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Stockholm Pride is always a happy week in the city, filled with love and joy. When 2016s edition is happening, it’s looking to become more romantic, when the Royal Opera invites couple to get married in the Guldfoajé, a golden room. The drop-in-wedding, as it’s called, will be held in July 29th. The wedding officiants will be the Opera singer (and famous gay-activist) Rickard Söderberg and Stockholm’s Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård.
What are the must sees in Stockholm, if you ask us? Have breakfast at one of Stockholm’s oldest and most cosiest cafés – Vetekatten. This café is located on Norrmalm, the city center, which will give you a good look of that. Visit Hötorget (Haymarket) for a glimpse of the market that’s open here daily. Go on our tour that includes some of the must sees of Stockholm, to get a visit to both the Old Town, a ferry trip, a glimpse of Djurgården and a visit to the Vasa Museum. Take the public transportation tram or boat back to the city center, and continue by foot to Södermalm, the bohemian part of Stockholm. Here we suggest you make your way up to Monteliusvägen, for an incredible view of the city. Have a fika at one of the many cafés around Mariatorget, before you go back to hotel/boat/airport.
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Held on the Friday evening between June 19th and 25th, Midsummer marks the brightest time of the year, which the Swedes of course celebrate. A big part of midsummer tradition is the Små Grodorna which is a dance consisting of jumping around a maypole like a frog and singing the words “Little frogs are funny to look at, they don’t have ears or tails”. Interested in more Midsummer traditions? Click on the heading to overindulge in them!