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Gothenburg 400 years

Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival

Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary begins with the Anniversary Festival in Frihamnen in June 2-5, a folk festival open to everyone.

Let’s celebrate 400 years of Gothenburg!

The Anniversary Festival is part of Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration. The whole summer of 2023 will be filled with fun activities and attractions to celebrate our wonderful city’s 400 year old history. But it’s not a celebration without a party, right? That’s what the festival is for! Four days of fun and festivities! This is when Gothenburg locals and visitors will gather in Frihamnen to celebrate together.

The festival program – More info to be announced

News and pieces of the program will be released continously, so keep an eye on the Anniversary Calendar. Follow Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration on Instagram and Facebook to get the latest news and updates.

June 2

3 pm – Cannon tribute by the East Indiaman Götheborg

3 pm – DJ set on Soldäcket with Aron McFaul inspired by, among other things, dub, leftfield pop and percussion-driven house

3 pm – DJ set with DJ Nina Natri mixing indie and 80s in Kajskjul 105

3:45 pm – Host Åsa Gustafsson guides the audience in Kajskjul 105 during Friday

4 pm – Claes Eriksson and Per Fritzell from Galenskaparna and After Shave will entertain

4:30 pm – Radio profile Morgan Larsson guides the audience on the Tent Stage on Friday

4:45 pm – Franksa Trion will perform on the Outdoor Stage

5 pm – Circus I love you opens the circus tent and will perform everyday during the festival – book your tickets here. Admission takes place 20 minutes before each performance. You must be there no later than 5 minutes before the start, otherwise your ticket will go to the waiting audience on site.

5 pm – Dockhumor with Björn Carlberg and Petter Lennstrand

6 pm – Opening concert by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Hans Ek and the Augustifamiljen with Kapellmeister Stefan Sporsén. Guest artists: Timo Räisänen, Maia Hirasawa, Stefan Andersson, Ebbot Lundberg, Yukimi Nagano/Little Dragon, Vic Vem and Katarina Hemlin. Hosted by Sissela Kyle.

6:30 pm – Acclaimed Gothenburg trio KonstAB will entertain in Kajskjul 105

7:45 pm – Vargas & Lagola takes the Outdoor Stage

7:45 pm – Comedians Niklas Andersson, Ina Lundström, Petrina Solange, Henrik Schyffert, Peter Apelgren and Ann Westin occupy Kajskjul 105

9:30 pm – Exclusive concert by legendary Suede on the Tent scene

10:00 pm – Hiphop and funk with Emrik & Wefunky Band Ft. ADL and Topsteen in Kajskjul 105

June 3

11 am – Nassim Al Fakir offers energetic music on the Outdoor stage

12 pm – DJ Combat plays heavy and danceable beats in Kajskjul 105

12:30 pm – Ale Möller and Götborg Wind Orchestra performs on the Outdoor stage

1 pm – Vote for your favorite dancer in the Red Bull Dance Your Style Qualifier Gothenburg in Kajskjul 105

1 pm – DJ Anne plays dancehall, hip hop, afrobeat and much more on Soldäcket

1:45 pm – Gospel concert in the Tent Stage. Cast: Solid Gospel & Band, Jennifer Brown, Samuel Ljungbladh, Gladys Del Pilar, Sebastian Stakset, Peter Hallström and Michael Jeff Johnson. Hosts: Klara Zimmergren and Britta Hermansson

3 pm – The tv presenter and radio reporter Assia Dahir guides the audience in Kajskjul 105 on Saturday

3 pm – Learn to dance with Sweden’s best dance school Twisted Feet Dance Academy in Kajskjul 105

3:45 pm – Acclaimed singer Sarah Klang takes the Outdoor stage

4 pm – Energetic and progressive DJ set with DJ Kim Öhman in Kajskjul 105

5 pm – Sweden’s own r’n’b queen Cherrie is performing in Kajskjul 105

5 pm – DJ set with DJ Local Arms & Vilhelm playing British dance music on Soldäcket

5 pm – Arvingarna, Linda Bengtzing, Christer Sjögren, Appearance, Hasse Andersson and Elisa Lindström offer a three-hour dance and schlager party on the Tent Stage

7 pm – Drums meet electronic rhythms with Bongo Riot GBG in Kajskjul 105

8:15 pm – Danny Saucedo performs on the Outdoor stage

8:30 pm – Playful lyrics with Raghd in Kajskjul 105

9:30 pm – Concert with Sigrid on the Tent stage – one of Norway’s biggest singers

10 pm – The hip-hop duo Deki Alem is performing in Kajskjul 105

June 4

11 am – Pappa Kapsyl performs on the Outdoor Stage

11:30 am – The Swedish royal couple visit Gothenburg

11:30 am – The dance show Hovet is shown

11:45 am – Drag queen and host Cherry Wilder guides the audience in Kajskjul 105 on Sunday

11:45 am – The glittering drag queen and DJ DJ Bebulah plays in Kajskjul 105

12 pm – Hellmans Drengar intar Kajskjul 105

12:30 pm – Bohuslän Big Band takes the Outdoor Stage together with Ida Sand and Nils Landgren

1 pm – DJ Demonika plays the best from different music genres and Gothenburg’s music scene on Soldäcket

1:30 pm – The singer Albin Lee Meldau will be one of this year’s Lasse Dahlquist scholarship recipients

2:30 pm – The popular Syrian-Armenian singer Lena Chamamyam takes the Outdoor Stage

3:15 pm – The Gothenburger and pop artist Paula Jivén is performing in Kajskjul 105

3:45 pm – Party and gala concert with the Gothenburg Opera House and anniversary speech by H.M. The King of Sweden on the Tent Stage. Cast: Conductor Aivis Greters, Lotta Lundgren, Ane Brun and Katarina Hemlin

5 pm – The theater Hur ska det gå för Babette? is shown in the circus tent

5 pm – The quartet Dina Ögon performs in Kajskjul 105

6 pm – The popular duo Hooja takes the Outdoor stage

Way Out West takes over the evening at the festival

7:00 pm – Alex G will perform in Kajskjul 105

7:30 pm – The band Amason will perform on the Tent scene

8:30 pm – Award-winning Gothenburg rapper Parham will perform on the Outdoor stage

8:45 pm – The shooting american star d4vd are performing in Kajskjul 105

9:30 pm – First Aid Kit will take the Tent scene

June 5

11:30 am – Children’s favorite Angelika Prick guides the audience on the Tent Stage on Monday

11:45 am – Choir and string concert with Kulturskolan on the Outdoor Stage

12:00 pm – Sally and the Sally’s ballet with Maria Lundqvist in Kajskjul 105

12:45 pm – The host Fortesa Hoti guides the audience in Kajskjul 105

1 pm – Environmentally conscious and multi-talented artist Emil Jensen performs in Kajskjul 105

1:45 pm – DJ set with DJ Karin Forsmark mixing genres in Kajskjul 105

2 pm – Rix FM Festival has a sneak premiere at the Tent Scene with artists such as Marcus & Martinus, Joel Corry, Smith & Thell, Icona Pop, Peg Parnevik, Theoz, Dotter and Maria Sur

3 pm – Dynamic DJ set with DJ Sonja playing hip hop, pop, soul and reggae on Soldäcket

4 pm – Sparkling pop with Estraden in Kajskjul 105

4:15 pm – Jens Lekman and the Burnstein Orchestra take the Outdoor stage

5 pm – DJ Nessa plays soulful and melodic electronic music on Soldäcket

5:30 pm – Shooting star Jackie Mere performs in Kajskjul 105

6 pm – 400 choir singers perform Sting’s musical The Last Ship on the Tent Stage. Narrator: Stina Wolter, vocal soloists: Åsa Fång, Jacob Andréas and Philip Jalmelid

7 pm – Matilda Sjöström (Steget and Det Brinner), Amanda Werne (Slowgold), Klara Goliger, Alice B and Lovisa Samuelsson performs under the name Gothenburg Allstars in Kajskjul 105

7:15 pm – The metal band from Gothenburg The Halo Effect takes the Outdoor Stage

8:30 pm – DJ Rough Lynx celebrates Gothenburg with the best of afrobeat, reggae and dancehall in Kajskjul 105

9:15 pm – The classic rock band Europe closes Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival on the Tent stage

9:30 pm – Daniel Lemma, Jaqee, Stina Velocette, Etzia and Slim Prince performs under the name Hot This Year Band in Kajskjul 105

Food and beverages for all tastes

At Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival you’ll find everything from oyster bars to langos carts. From African soul food to cinnamon buns. From beer brewed in the neighbourhood of Majorna, to ice cream made in Partille. Something for all ages and tastes, quite simply. And almost everything with a clear connection to Gothenburg, such as local ingredients and menus that flirt with the city’s culture. Read more here.

Over 30 fun activities during the festival

On the festival grounds there will be over 30 fun activities to try. At Upzone Adventure Park, you can, for example, try out Nattduellen from the Swedish tv-show Mästarnas Mästare, test your sense of balance and try walking on a tightrope or challenge the family in giant sack jumping. In the Klättertornet, the Volym climbing gym offers an exciting challenge in the form of an eight-metre high tower where both adults and children can climb together and see who gets the farthest.

70 000 square metres of festivities

The large festival area will be filled with a variety of quality music, performances, food, dance, activities and much, much more. Three stages will give you everything from pop music and orchestras to dance-bands and rock music. There will also be delicious and interesting food offerings in three areas.

A four day festival

The different days, Friday to Monday, have slightly different themes. Explore which day you just have to be there!

June 2 – Friday
The site opens up! Explore the area, the stages, the food and all the activities. Stay to the evening and see the grand opening concert where Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Sweden, will perform together with several famous pop singers. In addition to this, the festival opens with a tribute to humour with some of Sweden’s and Gothenburg’s most famous comedians.

June 3 – Saturday
This day is all about dance! There will be all kinds of styles and genres, so don’t worry, you will find something that suits you. Red Bull’s dance competition “Dance Your Style” will guest the festival this day, and you will have the possibility to be a judge when 16 dancers compete to participate in the international competition.

June 4 – Sunday
Gothenburg’s official birthday! June 4 is the day we have a noble and royal celebration – actually with royalty as Sweden’s king and queen will visit Gothenburg. This day will finish off with nothing less than a birthday gala.

June 5 – Monday
The last day of the festival. This day will honour pop and rock music – two genres that have shaped Gothenburg’s music scene and culture.

Even though the festival will be over after this point, the celebration will continue all summer long in different parts of the city. Already, on June 6, Sweden’s National Day will be celebrated with a big concert in the park Slottsskogen.


When is Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival?
The festival takes place June 2–5, 2023. It starts on a Friday and finishes on the Monday after. The festival is part of Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration which is going to continue the whole summer.

When does the festival area open and close?
Friday 15:00–23:00, Saturday 10:00–23:00, Sunday 10:00–23:00, Monday 11:00–23:00.

Do I need to buy a ticket?
No ticket is required. The festival is free of charge and open for all.

Is there an age limit?
No, people of all ages are welcome.

How do I get to the festival site?
We recommend walking, biking or taking public transport. The nearest stops are Frihamnsporten and Frihamnen (good to know is that there is a stair up and down to the stop Frihamnen). In addition to this, during the days of the festival, there will be an electric ferry going between Stenpiren and the site, free of charge.