Dogs, Disney and Film festivals

The year starts not with a bang but with a bark, a friendly bark of course, at the MyDog Exhibition at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. Here you’ll find everything for your dog, or about a dog that you might be interested in getting, as well as shows and exhibitions, January 3-6. 

Dogs and other animals are back on January 10-13 this time sporting skates as they perform Disney favourites on the ice of the Scandinavium Arena. 

The Gothenburg Film Festival has been around since 1979 and it’s back again for a week of films from all around the world, January 25 – Februrary 4. In 2017 the festival had over 130,000 visits and 400 films from 80 countries. Visitors will be treated to a well curated selection of films that are unlikely to reach the larger cinema complexes. 

But before Gothenburg gets to indulged in great movies from across the globe, you have the chance to watch some truly bad films during the “Bad film festival” at Bio Roy, where some of the best bad films of all time will be shown. 

Celebrations of music

On January 19, we look back at Swedish music in 2018 and celebrate all the great songs and artists of the past year. At Swedish Public Radio gala P3 Guld in Partille Arena, the crowd will be treated to star studded performances, awards and a great party atmosphere. 

A different kind of party begins on January 17 at Röda Sten Art Centre, where Frontside – Gothenburg International Chamber Music Festival kicks off a three day celebration of chamber music. Frontside aims to create musical encounters that touch all of our senses and provide the chamber music lover with the best of the best of the already known, while, at the same time, highlighting the hidden and previously unknown.

European Choir Games Gothenburg kick off the choir season by hosting chinese choir the Shenzhen Star Bright Choir, who will give a concert in the church Hagakyrkan. Star Bright Choir is chosen by the cultural ministry of China to represent the country during this tour in Sweden and Norway. This will be their only performance in the western region of Sweden, at Hagakyrkan on the 21st of January 2019 19.30, free admissioN!

Intimate gigs, spectacular shows and mesmerizing melodies

Music lovers, you’re in for a treat. January is packed with concerts and then some. Restaurant and Nightclub Folk starts the month off with “Det Stora Monstret” on January 5. Trädgår’n hosts Swedish hip hop group “Labyrint” on January 12, and January 18 brings more hip hop (mixed with swing) and jazz) from Movits!. Iconic club venue Pustervik hosts “Ignore the Elephant” on January 5 for a night of 80’s electro and 90’s grunge. British rockers Wishbone Ash will be closing out the month at Pustervik on January 30. 

Ola Salo, one of Sweden’s top pop singers. Salo of course is known as the frontman of now retired the Ark, as a superb musical singer and more. Now he’s premiering his own show at Rondo in Gothenburg, get ready for a night full of hits on January 24! 

Maybe you’re not familiar with the name Ennio Morricone, but you’re probably familiar with his music. The Hateful Eight, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in America are just some of the films that have been scored by Morricone. Now you can experience his music live as 100 soloists, singers and musicians from the Milano Festival Opera, led by conductor Marco Seco perform Morricone’s biggest hits at the Gothenburg Concert Hall on January 26.

The following day, January 27, Sven Bertil Taube and Peter Nordahl will take you on an unforgettable journey through the beautiful songs of Sven Bertil’s father Evert Taube, also at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. 


Wine, beer and pizza

Wine Mechanics is an urban winery, located in the neighbourhood of Gamlestan, just a short tram ride from Gothenburg Central Station. It’s kind of a crazy idea to make wine in central Gothenburg, isn’t it? Find out how it all came together on January 30 as Wine Mechanics invites you on a journey from “idea to bottle”

Gothenburg has a lively beer scene with a number of terrific microbreweries, and on January 26 you will be able to tour a few of them during the Gothenburg Brewery Bus Tour! Another piece of great news for beer lovers is that local brewery Poppels will be opening their brewery restaurant “Klunk” this month! Check their website for more information on when the opening will be. 

Why not combine beer and pizza at one of the many great pizza restaurants in town? Check out our new guide to some of the best pizza parlours in Gothenburg!

Chilly runs and cool pirouettes 

Get ready for a crisp winter run as Sandsjöbacka Trail takes you through the Sandsjöbacka nature reserve for a finish at the fortification Skansen Kronan in Gothenburg. Distances range between 14 kilometres all the way up to 89 km!

The race Winter Run takes place on January 19, and this year the course is a new one that’ll take you through the piers of Lindholmen and round the Sannegård harbour. 

Head to the Frölunda Borg ice stadium on January 26-27 for some great figure skating action as the Leon Lure Trophy returns to Gothenburg, featuring some of the world's best youth figure skating teams.