Books, art and opera

Fringe Festival is almost over but the colourful cultural event still has a couple of days left (ends September 2). Catch it at one of the many venues around town for an unforgettable experience. 

The Angered Book Fair is back and it’s bigger than ever. It’s a chance to hear voices often shut out of, or at least not given much attention by, the mainstream literature ether. Head to cultural centre Blå Stället in the neighbourhood Angered on September 21–22, and read our interview with the event organisers here

Nobel prize winner and writer Toni Morrison passed away in August, and on September 5 indie cinema Hagabion will screen The Pieces I am, a beautiful and moving depiction of her life. While you’re there, why not enjoy a tasty meal from the all vegetarian restaurant Kino? Yummy! 

The Gothenburg Opera is the place to be if you’re looking for some humours and frantic opera-fun! Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart is full of intrigue, lust and set to beautiful music. September 6 (and three more dates).

Youtubers and tik tok stars are converging on Partille Arena on September 7 for Sweden’s most popular social media event Hey You. A chance for fans to meet their idols, take photos and take part in activities. 

GIBCA, 50 years since the moon landing, and the book fair is back 

GIBCA, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, premieres on September 7 and runs till November 17. It’s the tenth edition GIBCA and a unique opportunity to see art from international artists from all around the world, not normally shown in Gothenburg nor in Sweden. GIBCA’s main arena is Röda Sten Art Centre, but The Natural History Museum of Gothenburg and the Gothenburg Art Hall are some of the many other venues used. 

The Eagle has landed! Well, it landed 50 years ago, so now we celebrate the fact that it’s been half a century since Neil and Buzz bounced around on the moon. The Space Week, September 14–22, will offer a stellar program full of fun and interesting events, seminars, exhibitions and more!

Once you’ve checked out the book fair in Angered, it’s time to head down to the Swedish Congress and Exhibition centre for the biggest literature fest in the Nordic region! The Gothenburg Book Fair puts publishers, authors and readers in the same building for four days of literature related activities. September 26–29.

Wine tastings, veggie harvesting and drink & draw! 

Wine mechanics is an urban winery located just east of the city centre in the rapidly transforming neighbourhood Gamlestaden. They make wine but not only that, they host wine tastings as well! This month you can learn more about their wines during a dedicated Wine Mechanics tasting on September 11. Or you could try the popcorn and wine (yes you read that right) tasting on September 26. Check event details through their Facebook page.

The harvest fest at Bärby on September 7–8 is your chance to pick vegetables fresh from the farm! There’ll also be tasty ”Swedish fika” on offer, and handy craft on for sale.

Have you always wanted to combine your artistic ambitions with a pint of beer? Well then have we got news for you! The Drink & Draw on Friday September 13, at restaurant Folk will give you the opportunity to paint and draw all while enjoying a drink of your choice. The theme? Bad luck, of course. 

Gothenburg will get a new cocktail bar this autumn! The bar will be run by the group already operating the champagne bar and the jazz bar Unity Jazz, and located on the same courtyard, Kyrkogatan 13. The new place will combine classic cocktails with bold flavours and a “house-party feel”.  Follow them on Instagram for more news.

Neighbourhood parties all over town

It’s easy to focus on everything going on in the city centre and overlook the many other neighbourhoods of Gothenburg. That’s a mistake because there is a lot going on all over! This month there are three cultural events connected to three different neighbourhoods! Majornadagen (in Majorna) and Lindholmens Kulturdag (at Lindholmen) on September 7, and Tellusfestivalen (Bergsjön) on September 14.

Dancing and live music, oh yes! 

Dance fare well to the summer at nightclub Nefertiti on September 7 during Wish you were queer. A night with two big dancefloors, the last outdoor one for the season! The style of music? It’s described as “aggressive making out-music”. It’s a no brainer, no?

Liseberg Amusement Park has had another amazing concert season. It seems fitting that a Gothenburg native will get to close it out. Timo Räisänen will perform on the main stage on September 13! 

September 21 will bring legendary Scottish rock and roll outfit Nazareth to concert venue Trädgår’n! They’re out on their 50th anniversary tour, so expect a loud hit bonanza!

Club venue Pustervik has a packed schedule this autumn and September brings Sam Outlaw and Popsicle, among others! Pustervik is also the first stop for Statement Tour, on September 21. A night of music, stand-up and more, all in the spirit of the Statement Festival.

A massive sports and fitness festival, a fun anniversary run and world class football

Åby Arena will host the sports and fitness festival Prana this month, September 28–29. Two days packed with fitness classes, competitions, seminars and workshops. 

Is it too early to prepare for next year’s half marathon Göteborgsvarvet? Of course not! The race Jubileumsloppet is part of the run up (pun not intended) to Gothenburg’s 400 year anniversary in 2021, and a chance to run 10k along the waterfront around the neighbourhoods Lindholmen and Eriksberg. It’s also a chance to up your seeding for Göteborgsvarvet, so don’t slack of if you’re aiming for that! 

Kopparberg Göteborg FC had a great season last year, and the reward is a place in the women’s champions league. They enter the knock out round on September 11 and will face German giants Bayern Munich at home at the arena Gamla Ullevi.