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  • What's on in September

    Göteborg Book Fair celebrates its 30th anniversary.

    Celebrate local up-and-coming designers at Fresh Fish.

    The Swedish metal band Ghost takes the stage at Liseberg amusement park.

    The Swedish women's national team meets Bosnia-Herzegovina and Scotland at Gamla Ullevi arena.

    The last chance to see From the Coolest corner: Contemporary Nordic Jewellery is September 21.

    Pink Roses, by Vincent Van Gogh, is one of many works in Fricition of Ideas at Gothenburg Museum of Art.

    Scandinavia’s largest literary festival hits town for the 30th time, the Swedish national women’s team in football is playing FIFA qualifications and Hasselblad Centre gives a glimpse of the mid-1900s in Chicago and NYC. This is your guide to September in Gothenburg.

    End of summer is upon us, but an array of fun happenings throughout the month makes it easy to make the most of September, come rain or shine.


    The 30th edition of the annual Göteborg Book Fair hits town on the last weekend in September. The focus this year is Brazil, but as always, many Nordic publishers, authors and the general booklover meet at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre for seminars, talks and more. A completely different happening the same weekend is the classic boat festival across the river in Eriksberg, where you can hop on board and learn more about harbour life and boats.

    Another highlight is Fresh Fish, the annual fashion fair and competition for up-and-coming designers. This time the event takes place on September 12–14 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre. On the same Sunday, fashionistas can also head to the POP UP Antiques & Vintage fair at Hotel Scandic Rubinen, complete with a brunch and fashion show.


    The month at Liseberg amusement park is busy as usual. Several Swedish musicians performs on stage during the month, before summer in the park is finalised by the hyped, yet secretive, metal band Ghost on September 27. The club venue Pustervik has plenty going on, featuring indie gigs with Stephen Malkmus, on September 10 and the pop duo JJ two days later. On Sunday 28 September, the highly acclaimed blues and country musician Jolie Holland takes the stage.


    As always, the sportif (or sports fans)have plenty of fun to choose from. Stretch your legs in the 10k Jubilee Run across the river banks, from Casino Cosmopol to Lindholmen. The race attracts rookie runners as well as the elite. Or take the stand at Gamla Ullevi arena for the FIFA world cup qualification games between Sweden and Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 13 and Sweden – Scotland four days later. If ice hockey is more your thing – make sure to visit Scandinavium arena on September 4, 7 or 24 to catch some games in Europe’s new international hockey tournament Champions Hockey Leauge where 44 teams from 11 countries compete.


    Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago for 40 years, but she was also an incredibly talented photographer who snapped thousands of photos of Chigo and its residents. Only a few knew about her photos, until a local historian discovered them by chance in 2007. After her death two years later Maier has become an acclaimed part of the art world and her work has been showcased around the world. Right now you can explore the photos at Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg.

    The gallery Urban Artoom 1209 is always fast to show new up-and-coming artists. In September, they showcase the joyful graffiti artist PEZ in a solo exhibition during September.

    The Gothenburg Museum of Art shows for example the exhibition Fricition of Ideas where we get a glimpse into the world of Paul Gauguin, Émile Bernard och Vincent van Gogh and how they changed the entire art scene. In the era of tablets and e-books, embrace and explore the classic art form of bookbinding. September is the last chance for the exhibitions Picasso on a plate and From the Coolest corner: Contemporary Nordic jewellery at the same museum. At Röda Sten art centre you can, from September 6, catch the highly current exhibition with artist Ylva Ogland, painting amazing works about the conscious and unconscious.