Glittery golden galas

Did you recover since New Year's yet? Good, because January is the month of the most festive galas. On January 18, the music gala P3 Guld is back in Partille Arena for a night of entertainment and awards, under the direction of actor and comedian Kodjo Akolor. Less than a week later, it's time for the film stars, when Göteborg Film Festival kicks off with a traditional opening night at Trädgår'n on January 24. The festival is on until February 3, and this year 50 percent of the directors are women.

Close the month in style at The Brewhouse Award on January 31. Besides the usual categories Young Innovation and Sustainable Innovation, this year's special is called Music Innovation, where Gothenburg's own 400th anniversary song will be crowned. Listen to the finalists and vote for your favourite here.

Got shrimp cocktail and champagne all over your New Year's outfit? No worries, there are plenty of places in Gothenburg to find a new smoking or sequin skirt. Check out our thrift shop guide for unique and sustainable pieces.

All about sports

2020 is quite the sporty year in Gothenburg, and it kicks off already on January 2–5 with Göteborg Ishockey Cup, the world's largest U14 ice hockey tournament. On January 3–6, 10'000 kids gather at Gothia Innebandycup, a floorball tournament that moves into Åby arena this year. Right after that, it's time for handball, when the European Championships enter Scandinavium Arena on January 10–14. At Leon Lurje Trophy you can watch the international figure skating elite compete in synchro – synchronised figure skating – on January 24–26.

januari är det dags för konståkningstävlingen Leon Lurje Trophy, där den internationella eliten tävlar i synkro – synkroniserad konståkning.

Do you prefer to do the sports yourself? Then grab your skates and go racing with Frölunda's A-team when everyone's welcome on the ice at Scandinavium Arena on January 3. When you need a break there's stuff like face painting, speedshooting and souvenir shops to explore. Want to keep moving? Then head over to Frölunda kulturhus on January 4, where there'll be singing and dancing around the Christmas tree.

Getting more girls to discover trail running is the goal behind the initiative Forest Femmes. On January 13 they start the running year in Änggårdsbergen, with a group for every pace. No need to register, but don't forget a headlamp and shoes with a good grip.

Clubbing and sports is also an excellent combination. Try for instance the table tennis club Smash every Wednesday at Yaki-Da, or the boule club Late Night Boule Society every Friday at Boulebar.

A hungry man is an angry man

After running around Christmas trees and galas and what not, something to eat seems like a good idea. In our guide to New restaurants in Gothenburg, you'll find all the latest hot-spots like Mexican at Fridas, Indian at Bombay Street and fish with a street food twist at Fiskbar 17?

The culture centre Blå Stället regularly arrange food nights with different themes, and on January 23 it's time for Pakistan. Bushra Ahmad offers plenty of inspiration and things to taste.

If you're a fan of locally produced beer, Brewers Beer Bar is your place to be on January 14. The craft brewery Stigbergets bryggeri have promised to deliver no less than 28 different beers for the bar's taps. On January 31, the craft brewery Vega bryggeri does the same at Barley's Food Factory.

But don't despair if you miss out on these events, there are still plenty of tap rooms to visit in Sweden's beer capital – here's the entire list. More of a wine person? Head over to Wine Mechanics, the first urban winery in the Nordics, where they arrange several tastings in January.

Still hungry? Try the special brunch – with some extra untz – at Zamenhof on January 5, or the FemAle brunch at Piga on January 19. Not your cup of tea? Check out our guide to the best brunch spots in town, we're pretty sure it has something you like.

Dogs' lives, indigenous people and the bad street

On January 3–6 it's on again: 9'000 dogs enter The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre for a few intense days of competitions, shows and lectures during this year's Mydog. Want to bring your doggie around town? Check out our guide to dog friendly Gothenburg, that covers everything from hotels to cafés and transports.

A slightly different kind of exhibition was realised by 44 students at The Academy of Design and Crafts, who have researched a particularly interesting street in Gothenburg. The street Andra Långgatan has been the home to beautiful gardens, Jewish shops, revolutionary movements, pornclubs, dive bars and trendy boutiques. Get down to Landsarkivet on January 10 for the opening night!

Every Leaf is an Eye, at Göteborgs Konsthall, demonstrates the global struggle for traditional ways of life threatened by the exploitation of corporations, governments and colonial powers. The artists come from Sápmi, South Africa, Canada and Namibia.

From choral music to afrobeats

No matter your genre of choice, the scenes of Gothenburg have something for you this winter. On January 11, the new choral work Krigerska premieres at Backa teater. It's based on a text by Athena Farrokhzad and directed by Sara Gärde. The Göteborg Opera hold a Twelfth night concert and ball, interpret Wagner's The Valkyrie and works with star coreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in the well renowned work Stoic.

At Pustervik, you can enjoy the singer/songwriter phenomenon The Tarantula Waltz, hard rockers Bombus, stone rockers Monster Magnet and afro beats star Maleek Berry. Trädgår'n brings you the heavy sound of Aviana, Steel Panther and Mustasch, and Gothenburg Film Studios welcomes a Swedish hip hop giant – Z.E. and his crew Team Platina.

Are you one of those who gladly sings along at a concert? Then Bio Roy's sing-along shows should be right up your alley – check out Les misérables and Sound of Music this January.

Of course there's plenty more things to do in Gothenburg, check out our events calendar for a start.