Something Swedish


Street Theater Festival: “Gatuteaterfestivalen”

Performers and sideshow acts flooded the streets of Halmstad as they entertained us by telling unique stories with magic tricks, illusions, crude jokes, fire juggling, sword swallowing, cultural dancing, claustrophobic acrobatics, music, improvisation, and flipping off of trampolines. The Gatuteaterfestivalen is the only street theater organized in Sweden. Every year for the past 15 years over a dozen performances from around the world- Italy, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Belgium and more, come to Halmstad to entertain.

Many of the acts are fun and light-hearted, while others have a more serious tone and convey meaning and emotion. Some are heavily influenced by culture, while a few were inspired by silent films. Most performances take place outdoors, while a couple have limited seats in small places like moving containers and trucks.

Joel Salom To say that this act from Australia is a juggling act would be an understatement. An hour filled with huge personality, hysterical improve, amazing and unique juggling, singing, cool musical effects, an “accidental” strip tease, and a robotic dog named Erik.

CampingTeatret A Danish Traveling Circus

Tony Rooke – Once we climbed into the small container and were immersed in total darkness, stories unraveled before us in a small light box. With only his hands, magic, illusions, and story telling skills, this performer from Australia creates a magical atmosphere where you forget the man behind the curtain.

Karolin Kent – Hailing from Sweden, this dancer incorporates yoga, martial arts, photography, improvisation, and theater into her performance. Wearing nothing aside from the burden of a humongous and heavy skirt dragging behind her, she makes her way to her stage. Perched atop of a pedestal 4 meters tall, she tries to talk but has no voice – only gurgling sounds. The theme of this beautiful and striking performance is the oppression of women in societies and cultures around the world.

Cirque Inextremiste – From France, an extreme and dangerous juggling, balancing, jumping, and climbing act that keeps the audience on their toes. High on a trampoline with fire, propane tanks, and a gigantic ball, you don’t want to blink and miss a beat. Very funny and interactive with the audience, be careful you don’t get your hat lit on fire!

Cie Circ`ombelico – “Da/Fort” is an amazing show from Belgium worth piling into the back of a warm truck with 40 other people to experience. Silently the performers fill the small “room” with intense emotions of everyday life and relationships through body language, facial expressions, and a lot of acrobatic physicality. You never know if they are coming or going, leaving or staying, falling or rising. No photography allowed, but they stick around to chat afterwards and serve drinks.



Swedish Movie Theaters: “Svenska Biografer”

This weekend was the fourth time I’ve gone to the movies in Sweden, which is a little bit different than going in New York.

  • Movie selection. Which is mostly the same but generally a few weeks later. We don’t get all the movies that show in the States but we do get our own Swedish movies.
  • Language. Contrary to what you might think, most movies are shown in English, but with Swedish subtitles. Sweden does not dub English like some countries such as Germany. However, they do dub for cartoons and movies made for children, since they haven’t begun their English education yet.
  • Online booking. The only line you wait on in a Swedish movie theater is to get your popcorn and drinks. Buy your tickets online ( and pick them up using a machine (The Biomat), all you need to do is dip the same credit card you used for the online purchase.
  • Finding a seat. While you are buying your tickets online you also pick a seat! No more worrying about getting there in time for the good seats or getting stuck with the bad ones, look at the chart and pick an empty seat of your liking. We only go to showings that have the seats we like.
  • BYOS. Bring your own snacks. No need to stuff a backpack and sneak your candy and drinks into the theater in Sweden, it is common to bring your own from outside world.
  • Last call. The last screening for the night usually ends pretty early (Compared to what I’m used to…and of course it might just be the town I am in). Nine or ten is typical here, meaning the theater is generally empty by midnight.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of a Swedish Movie Theater! (Biografer)


American Superbowl Sunday

It’s certainly not the same as Superbowl Sunday in the States. Obviously. While we wanted to go to a sports bar to watch the game it didn’t seem like a good idea to do with the time difference and all. It would have been nice to experience, especially because American football is not exactly a big sport here. As soon as we saw a NY team in the game we thought it would be nice to go out and represent. However, kick off at 6:30 means after midnight for us and getting home and going to sleep after 5 am with work the next morning for the hubby seemed like an irresponsible idea. I did hear that the NY Giants won though!!

For those of you not from the U.S. you might not be familiar with Superbowl Sunday. I won’t get into the gritty sports side of it but will say that its the last game that determines that years championship team. How else does it differ than any other football game? The halftime performance (By Madonna this year) and the commercials.  Thirty second commercials pay an average of 3.5 MILLION dollars for a prime time slot during the big game. (That’s roughly 24 million SEK)

So, lets look at some of those commercials, shall we?

What did  you think? Have a favorite? Lots of cars and lots of animals!

So, how did I spend my Superball Sunday? Hubby and I went to dinner and the movies to make up for missing the game. We saw the new Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie, which was pretty good but hubby said the first three were better.  Since I haven’t seen any of them we bought them and are going to watch all three this week.