Apart from being a picturesque country with promising views and exceptional cuisine, Sweden is also known to host a flurry of festivals. There are plenty of festivals that are held round the year and if you would like to know some of them, here are the details you don’t want to miss out on.
Walpurgisnacht is a festival that mainly celebrates the season of spring. The root of the festivals are set in paganism, The celebration is mainly done as a means to ward off the witches. People in large numbers hold huge bonfires and they dance with tremendous energy. It is believed that this helps in steering clear the negativity of witches.
2. The Peace and Love Festival
This festival started back in 1999. The aim of the festival is to promote peace, love, community welfare and diversity as well. Before the country faced bankruptcy in the year 2013, it was the biggest annual music festival in the nation. This festival often brings some big names from the music industry as well.
3. Gothenburg Culture Festival
Held during the month of August, this is one of the most beautiful festivals wherein the streets of Gothenburg are all filled with an eclectic display of the best arts and culture that one could imagine. The streets come to life as along with the phenomenal display; one can find a flurry of activities ranging from ballet, street theatre, symphonic works and more.
Not only this, food lovers have every reason to grin as a sumptuous display of street food can be found at large.
4. Stockholm Early Music Festival
This festival is held in the early days of June. In this festival, some of the best musicians not just from Scandinavia but all over the world, come together and put the best performances which can date back to different periods, even renaissance.
The Stockholm early music festival has a sophisticated air and the touch of elegance as well. Further, there are also lunch and evening performances too. Every music lover should make it a point to attend this great festival as it brims with positive vibes and music lovers.
This is an extremely important festival for the people of Sweden. Mainly, at heart, this festival is like a lunch party that extends well up to the night as people rejoice together and have fun while they catch up on each other’s lives. You can find people dressing up jovially with women decking up with flowers and dancing in the sunshine. The whole of Sweden lights up as you can hear the murmurs of songs in every nook and corner and almost every other park in the country.
6. The Kivik Apple Market
The Apple market was set up by Kivik as a means to pay homage to the whopping fruit industry. With time, the popularity of this festival spread far and large and it is now celebrated as a huge event. The festival is held at the end of the harvesting season and there is a massive display of the immense produce and different forms are displayed lavishly.
Not only this, it adds flair to the festival, one can also find Apple art as well which is definitely mind-blowing.
7. The Re: Orient Festival
The festival amalgamates the culture of the east and the west and one can enjoy music, dance along with the cultural extravaganza as well. Apart from offering ample entertainment options, this festival also ends up educating people a great deal too.
If you love witnessing different cultures and tradition, this is one festival you are sure to enjoy. One can also find modern issues being represented in a different manner to the audience. The discussion could even get intellectual. So, this is one festival where seriousness and enjoyment meet together.
This is yet another famous music festival of Sweden and it is known to showcase some of the finest dance performances of all time. The festival stretches for two days and the music is going to blow you over. Big names like David Guetta have joined the festival in the past. Home talents are promoted too. The festival is often held in the Ullevi stadium and as many as 24,000 people gathered to witness this extravaganza once.
With these many options at your hand, which festival do you crave to attend? If you stay in Sweden, we bet you must have attended all of it. As a tourist, if any of it seems to attract you a great deal, we recommend planning your trip accordingly.
No doubt, most of these festivals end up helping you have a great time after all who doesn’t love a little music, some crazy dance and lots of finger licking food!